Responsible Society Member
Creating and sharing value
SSE is deeply interconnected with the society it serves and operates within. We understand we must contribute positively to this society by sharing the value SSE creates, through actions such as paying our fair share of tax and being an active contributor to the communities that we are part of.
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.
PWC Economic Impact Report
FY17 is the sixth financial year that SSE has asked PwC to estimate the economic contribution it makes to UK and Irish GDP and jobs. SSE's investments and operations contributed £9.26bn to UK GDP in 2016/17, and its activity supported a total of 103,720 UK jobs. SSE’s impact in Scotland was especially significant in 2016/17, with a contribution of £1.9bn to Scottish GDP, representing 1.4% of the Scottish economy – the largest since SSE started measuring its contribution six years ago. Within the Republic of Ireland, €779m was contributed by SSE to GDP and 4,720 jobs were supported in 2016/17.
Read the report here.
Investing in communities
SSE seeks to be an active contributor to the communities in which it works and lives in. Through our Be the Difference scheme, each of our 20,000 employees can take a day away from their usual job and give a helping hand to a community project of their choice.
We operate a leading community investment programme, delivering financial support to a diverse range of community projects near to our renewable developments in the UK and Ireland.
Business Working Responsibly
In 2017, SSE Ireland was accredited the Business Working Responsibly Mark, the ‘gold standard’ for Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability in Ireland.
The Business Working Responsibly Mark assesses best in class corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability and looks at leadership, policies, practices, performance, and impact in areas such as; employee engagement, innovation, environmental practices, supply chain management and engagement with the local community. SSE Ireland was one of eight companies to be accredited to the Mark for the first time this year and is one of just 29 leading Irish companies in total that have now been certified to the standard of the Mark.