We understand public affairs as the operational and strategic management of the external relations of a company or an organization. The purpose is to organize and promote the relationships of companies and organizations with their environment – in politics and administration as well as with interest groups. The objective is to represent the interests of the company, its employees or members within the political framework. Public affairs aims to sustain and broaden the scope of an entity and to limit potentially negative implications of political and societal activities. Public affairs work includes government relations, corporate social responsibility, issues management, stakeholder management and reputation management.

The Vienna Stock Exchange operates in a complex environment that is characterized by a variety of economic, political and social relationships. The strategic and operational management of these relationships lies within the remit of the Public Affairs Department, which operates at the interface between politics, economy and society at both the European level and the national level. Employees of the Public Affairs Department are committed to the Code of Conduct of the Vienna Stock Exchange in the execution of their tasks.