SSE has an essential purpose at its core – providing the energy people and businesses need. We have a responsibility to our customers, employees, communities and shareholders to ensure this need is a met in a sustainable way, both now and for the long term.
The determination to act in a sustainable way is embedded throughout all of SSE’s different business operations. For us it is simply about being responsible in all that we do. Doing what is expected and going beyond this whenever we can... and making a positive difference to people’s lives as a result.
SSE has published its first 'Being Responsible' annual review which puts in one place all the data and information its customers, employees, investors and other stakeholders may require in order to understand SSE's responsible approach to managing its activities.
SSE's Chief Executive, Alistair Phillips-Davies, explains why this review is an important step in explaining how SSE's responsible approach means it is making a contribution that goes 'beyond the bottom line'.
For a summary of the contribution SSE made in each of its core areas of focus last year, see our 2014/15 highlights.
SSE achieves its largest ever reduction in carbon emissions
In the 2015 CDP Annual Report - one of the most important annual assessments of how large companies impact on climate change - SSE was awarded a disclosure score of 100% and a ‘B’ rating for its performance in reducing carbon emissions during 2014/15.
SSE reported a 34%reduction in carbon emissions in 2014/15, its largest yet. The fall means SSE has again been included in CDP’s Climate Disclosure Leadership Index and has been commended by CDP for the wide range of information it discloses on its climate impacts.
The right thing to do
Responsible employers treat their employees well and reward them with a decent rate of pay. SSE is one of the UK’s largest Living Wage employers and that means our employees – and increasingly our contractors – earn an hourly rate that exceeds the national minimum wage.
SSE believes the Living Wage makes an important contribution to reducing in-work poverty throughout the UK.
Paying our fair share
As a provider of an essential service SSE has a responsibility to contribute to the societies in which we operate. Paying the appropriate amount of tax is core to this.
So we’re proud to be the first FTSE 100 company to be awarded the Fair Tax Mark.
Martin McEwen, SSE’s Head of Tax, explains here why Fair Tax is about your attitude not just how much you pay.
For more information view SSE’s tax policy on our Reporting and Data page.
Being responsible, making a difference
Shareholders allow us to exist; but it's our customers, our employees, and the communities in which we live, work and operate, who allow us to be successful. So shareholders need us to do the right thing.
This video highlights some of the actions SSE has taken to ensure it has a positive impact on people's lives.