Corporate Governance

Strong corporate governance and leadership keep us aligned to our commitment to a sustainable energy future. Ameren has established robust risk management and corporate governance systems to identify, evaluate and manage the risks and opportunities associated with environmental, social and governance (ESG) and sustainability matters.

Strong corporate governance keeps us aligned with our vision for a sustainable energy future. Ameren’s board of directors and leadership are responsible for executing policies and principles that integrate ESG matters into our risk management, strategic planning frameworks, and business operations.

Board Level Governance

Our ESG approach starts from the top. Ameren’s diverse, highly skilled Board of Directors provides strong oversight for all significant enterprise risks and business strategies, including those related to sustainability and ESG. Our board committees are responsible for specific ESG matters:

  • Nuclear, Operations and Environmental Sustainability Committee: Responsible for company operations, including regulatory, reputation, business continuity and environmental sustainability risks, such as those related to climate change and water management. Ameren's Chief Sustainability and Diversity Officer provides several updates a year with discussions including, among other things, strategic alignment of sustainability efforts with corporate strategy, current state of sustainability program, targets and goals, and the company's plans to achieve stated goals.
  • Human Resources Committee: Responsible for executive compensation practices and policies, including integrating these with ESG measures. This committee also oversees all human capital management practices and policies, such as diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee: Responsible for key corporate governance policies and procedures, including board compensation, as well as stakeholder engagement, public affairs matters and charitable and political contributions.
  • Audit and Risk Committee: Responsible for enterprise risk management processes, including strategic, operational and cybersecurity risks.

Ameren’s board is made up of members from many different backgrounds and perspectives, and 57% are women or people of racial or ethnic diversity.

Management Level Governance

Three core groups at Ameren work together to ensure we are fully planning for, executing and evaluating our sustainability efforts.

  • Executive Leadership Team: Senior executives across all business segments oversee all aspects of ESG matters, including, but not limited to, risk management, strategic planning and enterprise performance.
  • Chief Sustainability and Diversity Officer: Ensures the company’s environmental stewardship, positive social impact, robust corporate governance and ongoing sustainable growth initiatives are integrated in the corporate strategy.
  • Sustainability Executive Steering Committee: A cross-enterprise group of leaders that evaluates the company’s ESG approach, provides leadership team input, reviews and approves key ESG disclosures and initiatives and champions ESG efforts in their respective functions across the company.

Read more about other important governance topics, such as political contribution accountability and cybersecurity, in our ESG investor presentation.

Creating Value

Shareholders provide Ameren with a portion of the capital needed to upgrade and replace aging infrastructure to keep service reliable for our customers, which is why we are focused on delivering top quartile total shareholder returns among our utility peer group.

We also focus on creating value for the region we serve through economic development initiatives, including business incentive programs, employing local people and partnering with local suppliers, whenever possible. For example, Ameren spent $900 million with local suppliers in 2021 to support our Missouri and Illinois economies.

Managing Our ESG Approach

Corporate governance plays a vital role in guiding our approach to delivering a sustainable energy future. Explore this section to learn more.

Investor Resources

Additional resources about the corporate governance role in ESG are available on our investor website.

ESG Overview

Stakeholder Engagement

An important step in our ESG strategy is engaging our stakeholders to understand their needs and concerns.

Stakeholder Approach

Supplier Policies

We hold our suppliers and businesses partners to high ESG standards.

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