atw - International Journal for Nuclear Power | 04.2019


atw Vol. 64 (2019) | Issue 4 ı April

account belonging to the group of

stakeholders or other features. We

illustrate differences in the per ception

of nuclear energy and nuclear facility

on the case of the statement 11: “NPP

influences the higher quality of life in

the local community.”. In Figure 2

we see higher agreement among the

respondents living closer to the

nuclear facility, among the political

public, journalists and suppliers.

There is also important share of those

who do not have an opinion on presented

issue (undecided).

Respecting interests of NPPs’


Representatives of NPPs have expressed

high level of agreement with

the four statements that describe the

principle of respecting the interests of

their stakeholders (Figure 3). With

the Mann-Whitney test, we confirmed

that there were no statistically significant

differences in responses of

owners nor operators. The same was

confirmed taking into account the

function in the organization – the

Kruskal- Wallis test proved no statistical

significance in any case.

4 Discussion

The NPPs shape the environment in

which they are located and affect lives

of their external stakeholders. They

all want to promote their interests,

expectations and live a quality life.

Respecting the interests of external

stake holders of the NPPs is an important

principle of social responsibility,

and it was proved within the research

| | Fig. 3.

Level of agreement of NPPs’ representatives with statements related to stakeholders.

that NPPs are aware of it. We have

demonstrated that it affects the

acceptability of the NPPs in the society

and the quality of coexistence.

Successful organizations, and

NPPs strive to be among them, differ

from others by their exceptional

ability to quickly detect and effectively

adapt to changes in an unpredictable

environment. The appropriate strategy

for involvement of stakeholders

in strategic decisions of the NPPs

should be set up and implemented.

This is a pre requisite for the placement

of the NPPs in the environment,

its operation and coexistence. The

target groups with which trust is

particularly needed are local communities

(surrounding and more distant),

NGOs, political public, NPPs’

suppliers and journalists. These external

stakeholders groups differ according

to the understanding of nuclear

technology, interests and impacts on

the NPPs, what effective strategy of

NPPs must take into account. Our

research demonstrated that a certain

proportion of external stakeholders of

NPP in Slovenia still not have clear

understanding of the functions, influences

and many other issues related to

nuclear energy. This is an important

challenge for owners and operators of

NPPs that want to achieve confidence

and acceptance.

Coexistence with NPPs depends on

trust of stake holders into the NPP, the

perception of their quality of life, the

awareness of the impacts on coexistence,

and the willingness to respect

the interests of stakeholders of NPPs,

which the power plant should implement

with socially responsible practices.

The optimal model of involving

external stakeholders in the operation

of the NPPs is the one that establishes

the quality coexistence of the nuclear

facility and its external stakeholders.

We have proven that coexistence with

the NPPs positively affects quality of


| | Fig. 4.

Optimal model for the involvement of external stakeholders.

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Successful Co-Existance of Nuclear Power Plants with Their External Stakeholders ı Milan Simončič and Gordana Žurga

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