SSE scoops diversity award

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SSE picked up a prestigious Utility Week Award this week for its work to create an inclusive culture and increase the diversity of its workforce.

The energy industry magazine recognised the company with a Diversity Award for its efforts to bring about long-term, sustainable cultural change which will help improve diversity across the organisation.

Not only has SSE invested heavily in recruitment, training, mentoring and agile working to improve diversity, but it has also worked to quantify the financial impact, carrying out innovative research with inclusion specialists Equal Approach.  It found that for every £1 invested in gender diversity initiatives it had returned £4.52 and this is expected to increase to £15 once the full impact of SSE’s work is embedded in further years to come.

Rosie MacRae, SSE Inclusion Manager, said the award was a proud achievement for the business and recognition of the importance SSE has placed on driving more diversity in the energy sector. 

She said:  “We’ve been focused on building inclusion into the way we do things at every point in the employee lifecycle, from how we attract and recruit to everything that employees can experience in a career with us. We do this in place of a series of one-off interventions as we believe that building stronger foundations into the everyday will bring sustainable cultural change.

“We’re delighted our work has been recognised for the steps we’ve taken so far but we’re not done.  These issues require a long-term focus to encourage more people, from a wide variety of backgrounds, to consider joining the energy sector. It’s more than just encouraging diversity in to our sector, it’s also about ensuring opportunities are fair for all to stay on and progress up too.”

SSE has introduced enhanced parental leave to offer more support to families at a critical time, agile working which offers employees the ability to work from home or change start and finish times, inclusive hiring training for managers, mentoring programmes to support employees in their development as well as reviewing its recruitment processes to attract a more diverse pool of candidates.

It has also set gender targets in response to the Hampton Alexander review which looks at increasing not only the number of women at Board level but also in its most senior roles beneath board level in the organisation.

In addition to picking up the Utility Week Award for Diversity, SSE’s Scottish and Southern Energy Networks business was also nominated for Utility Week Awards for Capital Project of the Year as well Community Initiative of the Year for its SSEN Resilient Communities Fund.