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About SSE

Who we are
We are SSE plc.

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

To help achieve this, we plan to invest around £1.5 to £1.7 billion in each of the five years from April 2010 to March 2015. Our principal focus for this investment is renewable energy, but we also plan to invest in electricity networks, emerging renewables, energy efficiency and smart technologies.

We are also the first Utility in the UK to gain accreditation from the Living Wage Foundation.

The Living Wage Foundation believes that ‘work should be the surest way out of poverty’ and SSE agrees. As a result and with effect from 1 April 2013, all of our directly employed staff are paid at an hourly rate that is the same or better than the rates set by the Living Wage Foundation.

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What we do
SSE is involved in the generation, transmission, distribution and supply of electricity, in the production, storage, distribution and supply of gas and in other energy services. We:

  • generate electricity in power stations, hydro electric schemes and wind farms;
  • produce gas through our interests in North Sea production;
  • deliver electricity to homes, offices and businesses via overhead lines and underground cables;
  • deliver gas to homes, offices and businesses through our 50% share of Scotia Gas Networks;
  • retail (or supply) electricity, gas and related home services;
  • own and operate gas storage capacity;
  • provide mechanical and electrical contracting and engineering services; and
  • own and operate telecoms network capacity.

Corporate responsibility
We believe the content of our Annual Report shows we are a responsible company. A business should be designed so that everyone performs their job in a responsible way. It is one of our goals to manage the corporation responsibly, not to manage corporate responsibility.

We are committed to eight principles of corporate responsibility, focused on issues of particular significance to the company and the sectors in which we operate.

The principles adopted reflect four impact areas defined by Business in the Community: workplace; environment; marketplace; and community. They have also been selected on the basis that there are clear and measurable performance indicators.

Our principles of corporate responsibility are:

  • achieving the highest standards of health and safety performance
  • providing opportunities for employees to be shareholders in the company
  • being actively responsible by complying with and exceeding, where appropriate, all statutory and regulatory environmental requirements
  • prioritising, and continually improving, environmental performance across all activities
  • working to ensure that the quality of service delivered to customers is sector-leading
  • responding effectively to any customer concerns about products and services
  • ensuring that the communities which we serve have a safe and reliable supply of electricity
  • encouraging employees to be good citizens in the communities in which they live and work