SSE commits to Equal By 30 campaign

SSE has pledged its commitment to the Equal by 30 campaign which galvanises action on equal pay, leadership and opportunities for women in the clean energy sector.

Ahead of International Women in Engineering Day (June 23), the company joins a growing list of energy companies across Europe to set out how it is tackling the gap on women in energy. 

As a leading renewables developer in the UK, SSE is at the forefront of the decarbonisation drive to help the UK and Ireland successfully transition to a low-carbon future.

It’s committed to increasing diversity across the organisation at every level believing its success depends on the UK’s ability to harness all possible talent and has developed it’s In, On and Up strategy to attract more women in to SSE, ensuring they stay on and every opportunity to progress up is fair, open and transparent to everyone.

SSE has committed to:

  • Increase female representation on its Executive Committee and their direct reports from 21% at present to 30% women by March 2021;
  • Increase membership of the Executive Committee, its sub committees and each business’ Executive committees from 16% women at present to 25% women by March 2021;
  • Increase the number of women in roles earning over £70,000 from 14% women at present to 20% women by March 2021. (Indexed from 1st April 2017); and
  • Increase the number of women in roles earning over £40,000 to 25% by 2025. 

Jim Smith, SSE Renewables Managing Director, said attracting a more diverse workforce is crucial to ensure organisations are set to succeed.

He said: “All the evidence shows diversity enhances business success. An inclusive and diverse workforce offers better debate, decision making and outcomes which is why we’re committed to taking a rigorous and targeted approach to inclusion at all levels across our business.  

“There is no quick fix; we need to attract a more diverse pool of applicants to the energy sector, ensure there is fair opportunity for all to develop and rise in their career.

“We’re proud to be part of the Equal by 30 campaign and look forward to creating a more inclusive clean energy sector.”

SSE has been recognised for its work to drive forward diversity with its inclusion in the inaugural Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index and was ranked highest utilities in the FTSE Women on Boards Leadership Index Series. It has also won awards from Utility Week for diversity and The National Skills Academy. 

SSE published its first gender pay gap report in 2016 - over a year ahead of the deadline for mandatory reporting.  It was one of the earliest salvos in its bit to tackle the issue and the company is now over halfway through a targeted three year strategy to get more women in, on and up in the organisation. 

By taking a forensic look at all its processes, from before people join, to after they leave it is leaving no stone is unturned in ensuring its fair, transparent and open to all.

Vitally, it’s also measuring the success of these projects to ensure the action its taking is having the biggest impact on driving better diversity across its workforce and it can evidence the return on investment.