SSE ranks in global top 200 companies leading the gender equality field

Equileap, a global organisation aiming to accelerate progress towards gender equality in the workplace, released its Gender Equality Global Report & Ranking this week. The report shows, for the first time, how well the world’s top public companies, across all sectors and all countries, perform on gender equality.

SSE was placed into the global top 200 list, alongside companies like L’Oreal, Marks & Spencer and GlaxoSmithKline, ranking 83 out of 3,048 companies assessed, and the most highly ranked UK energy company.

Four categories were used to help assess the level of commitment to gender equality based on all publically available information; gender balance in leadership and the workforce, equal compensation and work life balance, policies promoting gender equality and the commitment shown to women’s empowerment. 

Diana van Maasdijk, Co-Founder, Equileap, said: “Gender diversity is not only the right thing to do, it is also the smart thing to do, with a significant number of research papers indicating that it tends to lead to higher returns and lower risk.”

Rosie MacRae, who leads SSE’s inclusion and diversity programme, was glad to see the early work the company has been doing starting to pay off: “ We’re delighted Equileap has recognised the important work we’re doing on gender equality. Everyone in SSE recognises we’ve got a lot of work to do in this area but this is recognition of a good start.

“Only a few weeks ago the UK Government introduced legislation for large organisations to publish their gender pay gaps but this summer SSE will publish its second set of annual results. This combined with the efforts in our resourcing approach, our sponsorship of women’s sport in football and golf as well as the partnership with Teach First, encouraging young girls into STEM subjects, are all helping us increase the number of women into SSE. But it’s important our women want to stay and feel they have the same  opportunities as everyone else  to progress within SSE. This is why our mass scale pilot of working differently at our new office in Reading and the recent enhancements in maternity, paternity and adoption leave are all significant steps forward in helping deliver our strategy to get more women IN, ON and UP at SSE.

“SSE is firm believers in the business benefit of having better gender diversity, which is why we continue to advance our understanding and reporting in this area. Current work follows on from SSE’s Human Capital Report which quantified the economic value of SSE’s workforce and the return on investment from its apprenticeship and Technical Skills Trainee programmes.”