SSE’s vision is to be a leading energy provider in a low-carbon world.

To achieve this, its strategy is to create value for shareholders and society from developing, owning and operating energy and related infrastructure and services in a sustainable way.

We have set four fundamental goals for 2030 which put sustainability at the heart of SSE’s business strategy. These goals aren’t just important to SSE, they matter to everyone – that’s why they are directly linked to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

SSE encourages and welcomes feedback on its sustainability strategy, priorities and performance. Please email sustainability.ireland@sse.com with any comments.

 

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SSE'S SUSTAINABILITY IMPACTS IN IRELAND

When it comes to sustainable business practices, it's no longer enough for companies to simply 'abide by the rules' or engage in isolated acts of philanthropy. The stakes are just too high, and customers and communities are rightly demanding more. Companies have to continually demonstrate what they're doing to be ethical, responsible and balanced in their operations. This is especially true for an energy company.

In delivering this essential service, SSE has a responsibility to its customers, employees, communities and shareholders to ensure we’re meeting their needs in a reliable and sustainable way.

Our Being Responsible report (2019) outlines SSE’s key sustainability initiatives in Ireland, and a number of ambitions, targets and commitments for the years ahead.

 

SUPPORTING THE LOW-CARBON TRANSITION

SSE’s business strategy addresses the challenge of climate change at its core. Our aim is to contribute significantly to the low-carbon transition in the UK and Ireland. SSE is doing this in two key ways: through significant investment in its own renewable energy portfolio; and enabling more renewable generation to connect to its electricity network.

The mark of a great company

SSE is one of only 33 companies certified with the Business Working Responsibly Mark, the only independently audited standard for CSR and Sustainability in Ireland. The Mark, which is administered by Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) assesses evidence of best-practice in leadership, policies, practices, performance, and impact, across areas including governance, workplace issues, innovation and business operations, environmental practices, supply chain management and engagement with the local communities. It is based on ISO 26000, the international standard for social responsibility, and is independently audited by the National Standards Authority of Ireland.

Paying a fair wage

In 2016, SSE was the first large corporate business in the Republic of Ireland to become a Living Wage employer. The Living Wage is designed to make possible a minimum acceptable standard of living. Although not mandatory,as part of its commitment to being a responsible employer, SSE believes guaranteeing its employees at least a Living Wage is the right thing to do.

SSE has been a proud Living Wage accredited employer in Northern Ireland since 2013, meaning our employees – and increasingly our contractors – earn an hourly rate that exceeds the UK living wage. 

An inclusive workplace

SSE Ireland has signed the Diversity Charter Ireland. The Charter, which launched in 2012, is a business-led partnership of employers supported by the European Commission. The Charter has been signed by 54 companies so far, covering around 130,000 employees in Ireland. Signatories to the Diversity Charter Ireland commit to effective diversity management, preventing discrimination and promoting equality with respect to all their stakeholders and the environment in which they operate.