- GRI 102-18 Governance structure
Non-financial aspects, sustainability performance indicators and ESG information (Environment, Social, Governance) are the responsibility of the Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board and Group General Counsel. Corporate Communications, Group Compliance and Governmental Relations & Regulatory Affairs function as a Steering Committee at ProSiebenSat.1. This Steering Committee works together with other central Group divisions and departments to develop sustainability activities and is responsible for reporting and external communications.
Employee issues and diversity management fall under the operational sphere of the HR department, which is led by the Chief Human Resources Officer. There are independent organizational units for individual topic areas such as recruitment & employer branding and people development. Operational responsibility for the environment and climate protection falls within the remit of the Corporate Procurement & Real Estate department for the Unterföhring site and is decentralized for the ProSiebenSat.1 investments where it rests with the respective management teams. Corporate Communications is responsible for CO2 reporting and for the reporting of environmental and climate indicators.
Organizationally speaking, the Compliance Management System (CMS) covers other key topic areas for sustainability at ProSiebenSat.1 – such as prevention of corruption offenses and violations of antitrust law and the safeguarding of data protection and compliance with the provisions of the Interstate Broadcasting Agreement under media law. A major aim is to anchor integrity and lawful conduct in the thoughts and actions of all employees on a lasting basis and hereby prevent violations of laws and regulations from the outset. The Executive Board of ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE has overall responsibility for the CMS as the parent company of ProSiebenSat.1 Group. The Compliance Board and the Group Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) assist the Executive Board in implementing, monitoring and improving the CMS. The CCO is responsible for implementing the CMS in the Group, carries out risk analyses and training, and advises the Executive Board on the development and implementation of appropriate risk mitigation measures. Unit Compliance Officers (UCOs) are also appointed for the Group companies and are responsible for the CMS at this level.
Since 2011, the Group has also placed its public value activities in a larger social context and has underscored their relevance for the Group by establishing an Advisory Board. The interdisciplinary body chaired by Bavaria’s former minister president Dr. Edmund Stoiber advises ProSiebenSat.1 Group on relevant social, ethical and media policy issues, and provides impetus on important topics such as education and culture. In 2018, the Advisory Board met two times. Members of the Executive Board and other decision-makers in the Group participated in these sessions.
Additional steps were also taken in 2018 to expand the sustainability organization and optimize the corporate governance structures within the scope of developing a Group sustainability strategy. This led to the installation of a Sustainability Board, which held its constituent meeting in May 2019. It represents a centralized and interdisciplinary body for the discussion, coordination, implementation, monitoring and development of the Group’s sustainability strategy. Its members include the Deputy CEO and Steering Committee representatives from the relevant central functions, the company’s operating divisions and the European Employee Board (EEB). The Sustainability Board is a centralized contact point for all sustainability projects and initiatives throughout the Group and for all suggestions and ideas from employees and managers. Its responsibilities also include setting priorities for and selecting projects and initiatives and allocating funds appropriately to the strategic sustainability goals set out by the Executive Board.