SSE Ireland publishes latest 'Be the Difference' annual review

SSE Ireland has published the latest annual review of our employee volunteering programme, Be the Difference.

The review looks back on the volunteering and fundraising activities of our employees across the island of Ireland during our financial year 2015/16.

The Be the Difference scheme gives every employee the chance to take a day away from their usual schedule to help a charity or community group of their choice.

The programme also helps volunteers support charities and community groups financially, through a matched funding scheme. Employees are entitled to apply for matched funding once a year, and successful applicants will have their fundraising efforts matched up to €300/£250.

2015/16 was another impressive year of employee volunteering at SSE Ireland, with 490 days – equivalent to a 55% staff participation rate – donated to 51 different charities and community groups.

Aoife Ryan, SSE Ireland’s Head of Sustainability, says the Be the Difference programme provides everyone at SSE with an opportunity to give back to the communities in which we live and work.

“As a business, we believe in doing the right thing, and the Be the Difference programme allows SSE Ireland employees to do just that. What matters to employees matters to our business, and many of our team members use their volunteering days to help causes close to their own hearts.

“We’re hugely proud of our volunteering record at SSE Ireland, with an average of 61% of employees taking part in the programme annually since it began. Last year, we donated 490 days or over 3,600 hours to 51 groups and 81 events. These figures go some way to demonstrating the scale of the effort made by our employees for worthy causes.

“I would like to take this opportunity to say well done and thank you to all of our volunteers across the business for taking part and making a difference for so many charities and community groups. I also want to give a special mention to our Be the Difference Champions who worked with us throughout the year to spread the word and get people involved in the programme. You make our Be the Difference programme what it is!”

The full SSE Ireland Be the Difference Annual Review for 2015/16 is available here.