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.

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Providing more than energy

SSE’s Sustainability Report 2017 is the company’s primary way of disclosing its most material non-financial impacts. Included this year is a performance report on its key carbon reduction target: to halve the carbon intensity of the electricity is generates by 50% by 2020, from 2006 levels. Information and performance report on SSE’s wider economic and social impacts are disclosed and for the second year in a row, SSE’s gender pay gap is outlined – alongside a performance report of the actions it is taking to close the gap and become a more inclusive and diverse organisation.  

SSE encourages and welcomes feedback on its sustainability strategy, priorities and performance. Please email sustainability@sse.com with any comments.

 

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.

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.