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.

SSE encourages and welcomes feedback on its sustainability strategy, priorities and performance. Please email with any comments or feedback you may have.

To find out specific details about how we are doing this in Ireland, click here.

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Providing more than energy

SSE’s Sustainability Report 2017 discloses information on the company’s most material non-financial impacts. Highlights include SSE’s performance against its carbon intensity target and disclosure of SSE’s gender pay gap for the second year in a row – alongside a performance report of the actions it is taking to close the gap and become a more inclusive and diverse organisation. SSE has also published its second Half-year Sustainability Statement which outlines progress the company has made in the first half of the 2017/18 financial year, as well as identifying priorities for the second half of the year.


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 amount of tax, in the right place at the right time. We have published our second annual Talking Tax booklet which aims to make our tax affairs more clear and transparent, and is designed to be accessible to non-tax specialists.

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.

SSE's resilience to climate change

The Paris Agreement on climate change is proving to be a key moment in the global response to preventing climate change. SSE has modelled the company’s resilience to the decarbonisation of the electricity industry in Great Britain, against warming scenarios of 1.5oC, 2oC and a business as usual scenario, in line with 3-4oC warming. This ‘Post-Paris’ report represents SSE’s first attempt to disclose it’s assessment.

You can read the report here.