SSE's core purpose is to provide the energy people need in a reliable and sustainable way.
In delivering this essential service, SSE has a responsibility to its customers, employees, communities and shareholders to ensure this need is met in a responsible way. Sustainability is embedded throughout all of SSE's different business operations. For us, it is simply about being responsible in all that we do.
To find out specific details about how we are doing this in Ireland, click here.
TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR OUR ACTIONS
For the first time, SSE has published a Half-year Sustainability Statement alongside its Half-year Results. The statement is designed to complement the financial and operational report to shareholders, and its publication reflects the increasing importance of transparency around non-financial impacts. SSE welcomes feedback on this pilot statement, which can be provided to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SSE's Sustainability Report 2016 contains information about SSE's responsible approach to managing its social, environmental and economic impacts to ensure the long-term viability of the business.
Paying our fair share
Since 2014, SSE has remained the only FTSE 100 company with the Fair Tax Mark– an independent accreditation for businesses that proactively demonstrate they pay the right tax, in the right place at the right time. We hope to have set a new benchmark in corporate disclosure with the publication of our Talking Tax 2016 booklet, which aims to make our tax affairs more transparent, clear and accessible.
You can read more about our approach to tax in the reporting and policy section.
Doing the right thing
As SSE employees we support and value our colleagues and enjoy working together in an open and honest way. To do that, we have to understand what is right and wrong and operate to the same ethical standard. SSE’s guide to ethical business conduct booklet provides the basis from which our employees are guided in terms of ethical business behaviour. The main principles of the guide are speaking up, doing no harm, trading fairly, respecting each other, and being open and accountable.
Committed to the Living Wage
SSE is one of the UK’s largest Living Wage employers, meaning our employees earn an hourly rate that exceeds the national living wage. Since April 2014, SSE has been rolling out the Living Wage across its supply chain. By 2020, when all SSE’s contracts are expected to contain a Living Wage Clause, roughly 800 full-time workers will have received a salary increase.
Read more about out the Living Wage in SSE’s supply chain here.
Cleaning up our act
On behalf of 827 global institutional investors, CDP requests information from thousands of the world’s largest companies on their greenhouse gas emissions, and how they manage the risks and opportunities posed by climate change.
In 2015/16, SSE was awarded a score of A- for its disclosure to CDP. We also achieved a 22% reduction in carbon emissions from the previous year.
You can view SSE’s 2015/16 CDP submission here.