Environmental Social Governance (ESG)

SSE's core purpose is to provide the energy people need in a reliable and sustainable way.

In delivering this essential service, there is an added responsibility for SSE to conduct itself in a way that enhances value to the society which it is part of. As a responsibly-minded company, sustainability is embedded throughout all of SSE's different business operations.

To find out how we are doing this in Ireland, click here.

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


Sustainability Report 2018 Frontcover

Creating value in a sustainable way

SSE’s Sustainability Report 2018 discloses information on the most material economic, social and environmental impacts SSE's business activities have on the world outside it. Designed to be the sister document to the Annual Report 2018, it demonstrates the way SSE creates value for shareholders and society in a sustainable way.

This year's report includes information on key new initiatives, including: SSE's new carbon ambition to 2030; the setting of new gender balance ambitions for women in SSE's senior leadership; and SSE's early reporting on its UK payment practices and performance information, ahead of legal requirements.

SSE has also published an update on its sustainability performance and initiatives undertaken during the first half of the 2018/19 financial year in its Half-year Sustainability Statement 2018.



Paying our fair share

Since 2014, SSE has remained the only FTSE 100 company with the Fair Tax Mark – an independent accreditation for businesses that proactively demonstrate they pay the right amount of tax, in the right place at the right time. We have published our second annual Talking Tax booklet which aims to make our tax affairs more clear and transparent, and is designed to be accessible to non-tax specialists.

You can read more about our approach to tax in the reporting and policy section.


Doing the right thing

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.

Fairness at work

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

Since April 2014, SSE has been rolling out the Living Wage across its supply chain. By 2020, when all SSE’s contracts are expected to contain the Living Wage Clause, roughly 800 full-time workers will have received a salary increase. You can read more about out the impacts of the Living Wage in SSE’s supply chain here.

SSE's resilience to climate change

The Paris Agreement on climate change is proving to be a key moment in the global response to preventing climate change. SSE has modelled the company’s resilience to the decarbonisation of the electricity industry in Great Britain, against warming scenarios of 1.5oC, 2oC and a business as usual scenario, in line with 3-4oC warming. This ‘Post-Paris’ report represents SSE’s first attempt to disclose it’s assessment.

You can read the report here.