Do No Harm

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With ever increasing scrutiny on corporate conduct, stakeholders rightly expect SSE to demonstrate how it is embedding a responsible business culture and ensuring no harm arises as a result of its activities. That is why SSE’s 2030 Goals are built on a foundation of doing no harm to people or planet. For SSE, this goes beyond complying with legal requirements – it is about doing the right thing to keep people safe, ensure their wellbeing, and make sure people feel they can Speak Up when wrongdoing occurs.

You can read more about SSE’s 2030 Goals here.


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.

Delivering improved safety performance

At SSE, safety is our number one priority - if it's not safe, we don't do it.

In 2017, SSE launched its 50by20 safety initiative. The aim is to introduce ambitious new targets which change thinking and behaviour on safety. These will include: a reduction in the combined employee and contractor Total Recordable Injury Rate (TRIR) by 50% by 2020; ensuring that SSE focusses on not having any life changing injuries; and encouraging everyone at SSE to be committe to looking after their own health and wellbeing.

For SSE's 2016/17 safety performance, see page 38 of our Sustainability Report 2017.

Reducing the risk of Modern Slavery

SSE has zero tolerance of modern slavery in all its different forms both in its business and its supply chain. SSE has produced a Modern Slavery Statement and taken initial steps to ensure that modern slavery is not present in its supply chain.

SSE will undertake a risk assessment of the goods and services it procures and will seek to mitigate any risk identified through training its procurement and commercial managers and gathering greater information from high risk supply partners.

SSE's commitment to the UN Global Compact

SSE recognises the need for companies to align their strategies and operations with universal principles, if they are to create value in a sustainable way. In 2018, SSE became a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, committing to take action that advances societal goals.

As a signatory, SSE commits to incorporating the Ten Principles of the UNGC, focused on the environment, human rights, labour and anti-corruption, into its strategy and business operations.