SSE PLC SUSTAINABILITY REPORT 2019 - For a better world of energy - SSE.com

 
SSE PLC SUSTAINABILITY REPORT 2019 - For a better world of energy - SSE.com
SSE PLC
SUSTAINABILITY
REPORT 2019
For a better world of energy
SSE PLC SUSTAINABILITY REPORT 2019 - For a better world of energy - SSE.com
S U S TA I N A B I L I T Y   R E P O R T

INDEX                                                                                                                                                STRATEGY                                    06           CLIMATE ACTION                       16     AFFORDABLE AND                        26
04       CHIEF EXECUTIVE’S INTRODUCTION                                   44         DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          CLEAN ENERGY
                                                                                     47     Sharing economic value
06       STRATEGY                                                                    50     Payment practices and performance
         06     SSE’s business explained                                             52     Being a responsible employer
         08     SSE’s approach to sustainability
         10     Identifying material issues                               58         SSE’S UK GENDER PAY GAP

16       CLIMATE ACTION                                                   60         DO NO HARM
         18     Measuring carbon performance                                         61     Safety and health
         20     Advocating for climate action                                        62     Environment                                              SSE’s business strategy, the influence                    Meeting the challenge of climate           The cost-effective development
                                                                                                                                                     of its stakeholders, materiality                          change requires action to adapt to         of new renewable generation
         21     Adapting to a changing climate                                       64     Business culture
                                                                                                                                                     assessments, external trends and                          more extreme weather at the same           combined with a focus on serving
         22     Climate-related risks and opportunities                              65     Human rights and modern slavery                          increased governance underpin SSE’s                       time as actions to mitigate the most       energy customers, particularly the
                                                                                                                                                     approach to ensuring long-term                            dangerous climate outcomes.                most vulnerable support the goal of
26       AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY                                      66         DISCLOSING SSE’S PERFORMANCE                                    sustainability.                                                                                      affordable and clean energy.
         28     Increasing renewable output                                          67     Environmental
         30     Serving distribution customers                                       68     Economic
         32     Helping households become ‘Generation Green’                         60     Social                                                   INDUSTRY, INNOVATION 36                                  DECENT WORK AND                      44     DO NO HARM                            60
         32     Supporting businesses’ low-carbon ambitions                          72     SSE’s UK Gender Pay Gap (by legal entity)                AND INFRASTRUCTURE                                       ECONOMIC GROWTH
         34     SSE Energy Services (held for sale)                                  74     SSE’s Green Bond reporting

36       INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE
         38     A growing transmission network
         40     Distribution network transformation
         42     Developing new renewable generation
         43     Flexible thermal generation

                                                                                                                                                     With energy infrastructure at SSE’s                       The way in which a low-carbon energy       SSE’s approach to sustainability built

PROVIDING THE ENERGY
                                                                                                                                                     core, innovation that delivers                            system is delivered supports significant   on a firm foundation to ’do no harm’
                                                                                                                                                     increased electricity network flexibility                 social value with good quality jobs,       to people or places. Underpinning
                                                                                                                                                     and investment in transmission                            vibrant supply chains and tax receipts     that is the reinforcement of an ethical
                                                                                                                                                     infrastructure is key to a low carbon                     supporting pubic services.                 business culture to ‘do the right thing’.

NEEDED TODAY WHILE                                                                                                                                   world.

BUILDING A BETTER WORLD                                                                                                                              DATA TABLES

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Stakeholders and investors
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OF ENERGY FOR TOMORROW                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                seek data and information
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      on a wide variety of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      environmental, social
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and economic metrics.
About this report                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     To aid transparency this
The disclosure of SSE’s most material sustainability impacts is         refers to activities of joint ventures and in these instances it is made                                                                                                                      data is produced in tabular
integrated into its Annual Report 2019 and, given the demand from       clear this is the case. In 2019, SSE sought assurance on its carbon,                                                                                                                          form alongside a required
SSE’s stakeholders for comprehensive transparency on the impact it      water and Green Bond data from professional services firm PwC.                                                                                                                                green bond report and the
has on the outside world, this Sustainability Report provides greater   PwC also undertook the economic analysis of SSE’s contribution to                                                                                                                             subsidiary-level gender
detailed information around SSE’s key policies, management and          the UK and Irish economies.                                                                                                                                                                   pay gap.
performance in relation to its economic, social and environmental
impacts. The Sustainability Report is therefore intended to be the      About SSE
sister document to the Annual Report However, it also exists as a       SSE is an energy company listed on the London Stock Exchange.
standalone report in its own right and it is not necessary to read it   Formed in 1998, it now has operations and investments across
alongside the Annual Report.                                            the UK and Ireland and is involved in: the generation, transmission,
                                                                        distribution and supply of electricity; the production, storage,
The scope of this report is generally focused on performance data       distribution and supply of gas; and in the provision of energy-related     Disclaimer: The definitions SSE uses for adjusted financial measures are consistently
for the financial year ending 31 March 2019. On occasion the report     services.                                                                  applied and are explained and justified in the Annual Report 2019, page 143 to 147.

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Chief Executive’s Introduction

EMBEDDING SUSTAINABILITY
INTO SSE’S DNA                                                                                                                                                                        “IN A NUTSHELL, SUSTAINABILITY
                                                                                                                                                                                      FOR SSE MEANS THAT WE WILL
                                 Through its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the United                                                                                         TACKLE CLIMATE CHANGE,
                                 Nations has created a blueprint for a sustainable world and in early                                                                                 CREATE A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS
                                 2019, the SSE plc Board agreed to align our business strategy to them.
                                 Consequently, in March we adopted four fundamental business goals
                                                                                                                                                                                      AND DELIVER SIGNIFICANT
                                 which are directly linked to the UN’s SDGs.                                                                                                          SOCIAL VALUE TO THE
                                 Our first three goals – to cut in half the carbon         to deliver value for communities and we report,                                            COMMUNITIES WE SERVE.”
                                 intensity of the electricity we generate, to develop      extensively, on our investment in people and
                                 and build enough renewable energy capacity to             our record in meeting the aspirations within our
                                 treble renewable output and help accommodate              ‘responsible employer ethos’.
                                 10 million electric vehicles on Britain’s electricity
                                 networks – are in direct response to the low-carbon       This year we have also sought to develop our reporting
                                 challenge. These three goals represent the most           of climate-related risks and opportunities and, for the
                                 material contribution SSE can make to sustainable         first time, disclosed detail and quantification of those
                                 development and also represent a hugely progressive       risks and opportunities. This is part of our plan to be
                                 and exciting strategy for business growth.                fully compliant with the Task Force on Climate-related
Alistair Phillips-Davies
                                                                                           Financial Disclosures’ recommendations by
Chief Executive
                                 And because we understand that enormous social            March 2021.
                                 value can be created – or destroyed – in the way that
                                 we deliver those goals, we have also committed for        The case for a net zero carbon target for the UK has
                                 the long-term to the principles of Fair Tax and a real    been overwhelming through 2018/19. At SSE, we’ve
                                 Living Wage.                                              been enthusiastic champions of that case. We don’t
                                                                                           just believe it should be done, we believe it can be
                                 In a nutshell, sustainability for SSE means that we       done. In every net zero carbon scenario, the critical
                                 will tackle climate change, create a successful           role of renewable electricity is clear, particularly to
                                 business and deliver significant social value to          decarbonise the transport and heat sectors. I am
                                 the communities we serve. And creating significant        looking forward to working closely with policy makers
                                 social value reinforces our ability to create value for   on the practical actions that need to be taken and SSE
                                 shareholders as well.                                     hopes to play a highly significant role in that delivery.

                                 So, in our Sustainability Report 2019 – the sister        Finally, I have been determined to ensure that the
                                 document of SSE’s Annual Report 2019 – we have            principles of sustainability are embedded into the
                                 structured our disclosures according to the four SDGs     DNA of SSE. I think we made important steps forward
                                 that have identified as being most material.              in 2018/19 with our new 2030 Goals and changes
                                                                                           to sustainability governance, but I am very keen
                                 SSE has sought, for many years now, to constantly         to hear exactly what our stakeholders think of our
                                 develop and improve the transparency and disclosure       efforts to far. That means I actively encourage people
                                 of our social, economic and environmental impacts.        with an interest in SSE to get in touch by emailing
                                                                                           sustainability@sse.com if you have any comments
                                 In this report, we outline our carbon and wider           on our sustainability strategy, performance and
                                 environmental impacts, the initiatives we take            reporting.

Carbon intensity of                              Renewable output                                Economic contribution                                 Taxes paid        Total recordable injury rate –       Jobs supported
generated electricity                            (inc. pumped storage)                                                                                                   employees and contractors combined   in UK and Ireland

284                                              9,779GWh                                        UK: £8.9bn                                            UK: £404m         0.16 per                             105,250
gCO2e/kWh                                                                                        Ireland: €689m                                        Ireland: €14.6m   100,000 hours worked

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STRATEGY
                                                                                                                         Strategic overview
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SSE PLC SUSTAINABILITY REPORT 2019 - For a better world of energy - SSE.com
STRATEGY

            S U S TA I N A B I L I T Y         R E P O R T

             SSE's approach to sustainability                                                                                                                                                       SSE's approach to sustainability

            ADVANCING A                                                                                                                                                                             SSE’S SUSTAINABILITY
            SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS                                                                                                                                                                    FRAMEWORK
            Four new 2030 Goals, aligned to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),                                                                                                          SSE’s Sustainability Framework is designed to ensure that in achieving its core business
            underpin SSE’s strategic focus on long-term, low-carbon and sustainable assets; and                                                                                                     objectives, SSE conducts itself in a way that respects the social contract it has with
            they commit SSE to delivering its strategy in a way that creates value for shareholders                                                                                                 society and creates long-term value. The framework features a core set of policies
            and for society.                                                                                                                                                                        and procedures supported by a governance structure designed to ensure SSE
            Four fundamental goals for 2030                                                                                                                                                         addresses the most material issues to its key stakeholders and wider society.
            SSE’s strategic focus on core businesses that support and enable the transition to a low-carbon electricity
            system provided an important opportunity to ensure SSE’s drive to be a sustainable business is not in addition                                                                          Governance
            to its core strategy, but central to it.                                                                                                                                                SSE’s governance of sustainability issues within
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            Following a year of consultation with employees and key external stakeholders, it was decided to align SSE’s                                                                            accountability and operating with integrity.                              “THE CHALLENGE FOR GOOD
            sustainability framework with the UN’s SDGs. Employees considered it important that SSE places itself within
            the context of a greater global effort, particularly in the fight against climate change. External stakeholders were particularly keen to
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                                                                                                                                                                                                    SSE’s Chief Executive has overall lead responsibility for
            encourage visibility of progress against set targets and to ensure clear accountability for meeting them.                                                                               sustainability, including at Board-level. The Board is                    TO HAVE GREAT GOVERNANCE OF A
            SSE identified four SDGS which are highly material to its business: SDG 13 Climate Action; SDG 7 Affordable and Clean Energy; SDG
                                                                                                                                                                                                    advised on matters of safety, health and environment                      SUSTAINABILITY STRATEGY. RATHER, IT IS
                                                                                                                                                                                                    (SHE) by the Safety, Health and Environment Advisory
            9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure; and SDG 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth. In March 2019, it set ambitious business                                                          Committee (SHEAC). The SHEAC has an overarching                           TO HAVE SUSTAINABILITY GOVERNANCE
            goals for 2030 that aligned to each of the most material SDGs and – most importantly – are central and core to SSE’s business                                                           role in supporting SSE’s commitment to be a sustainable
            purpose and strategy.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             OF A GREAT BUSINESS STRATEGY.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                    company that makes a positive contribution to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                    communities and societies of which it is part. In
                                                                                                                                                                                                    fulfilling this role, the SHEAC reviews and oversees the                  Helen Mahy, SSE plc Board Non-Executive
                                                                                                                                                                                                    implementation of key sustainability-related Group                        Director and Chair of the SHEAC
                                                                                                                                                                                                    policies, including the Safety and Health, Environment
                                                                                                                                                                                                    and Climate Change, and Sustainability policies.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    Annual Report 2019, pages 116 to 139.                                       sustainability-related issues and strategy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Increasing accountability                                                   In addition to reporting directly to the Chief Executive,
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                                                                                                                                             four fundamental
                                                                                                                                                     change  at its core. That’s why our four fundamental           Committee agreed to align a significant proportion
              four goals (see page 55) and SSE will report comprehensively each year against its progress in meeting its 2030 Goals.                                                                                                                                            Committee: Safety, Health and the Environment;
   business goals for 2030 are aligned with thebusiness
                                                  UN’s global
                                                         goalsgoals
                                                               for 2030
                                                                      for sustainable
                                                                           are aligneddevelopment.
                                                                                       with the
                                                                                              business
                                                                                                 UN’s global
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                                                                                                              for 2030for sustainable
                                                                                                                          are aligned with
                                                                                                                                      development.
                                                                                                                                            the UN’s global goals for sustainable development.                      of executive remuneration to progress against the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    achievement of SSE’s new 2030 Goals. These goals            and Risk.
              Linking to the wider SDG framework
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    represent the most material contribution SSE can make
              SSE recognises that while long-term sustainability is dependent on the achievement of its material long-term goals, there remains                                                                                                                                 The CSO is also a non-executive Director of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    to the SDGs and chime with feedback given by both SSE’s
              further ways in which SSE can enhance the sustainability of its business. The remaining 13 SDGs provide a lens from which SSE can                                                                                                                                 Board of SSEPD, the subsidiary company which is
                                                                                          SSE’s    business       strategy      addresses       the   challenge       of  climate    change      at its core. That’sshareholders
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     why our four  andfundamental
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         stakeholders. See page 55 for more
              assess these further social and environmental risks and opportunities. It therefore reports against additional SDGs material to its                                                                                                                               responsible for SSE’s networks businesses.
                                                                                                         business goals for 2030 are aligned with the UN’s global goals for sustainable development.                information.
              business (see page 15).

            Beyond the SDGs
            As well as integrating the UN’s SDGs into its business strategy and operations, SSE follows a number of other external best
            practice frameworks and benchmarks. It also actively seeks to improve its performance against environmental, social and
            governance (ESG) criteria commonly used by investors and other stakeholders. See page 15 for more detail.

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                                                                                                                                                   Identifying material issues

                                                                                                                                                   EMERGING TRENDS
                                                                                                                                                     A path to net zero
                                                                                                                                                     The first and most significant trend in 2018/19 was the acceleration of evidence that supports a net zero carbon target in the UK.
                                                                                                                                                     The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change published their 1.5 degree report in November 2018, outlining the effect that
                                                                                                                                                     1.5 degrees of global warming will have on ecosystems and human lives. That report also described the relatively short window

IDENTIFYING
                                                                                                                                                     of opportunity that exists to prevent global temperature rises of more than 1.5 degrees. This prompted a business coalition, which
                                                                                                                                                     included SSE, under the auspices of the Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group to urge the UK Government to pursue a net
                                                                                                                                                     zero target for 2050.

MATERIAL ISSUES                                                                                                                                      At the same time public campaigners, from naturalist David Attenborough to school pupils across the world, helped bring climate
                                                                                                                                                     change to unprecedented levels of international public concern. This was followed by the publication of the UK’s Committee on
                                                                                                                                                     Climate Change Net Zero Report in May 2019.

                                                                                                                                                     The combination of strengthened public sentiment and increased scientific evidence provides a powerful impetus for accelerated
The combined challenge of maintaining a secure and affordable supply of energy, while                                                                policy action through the early 2020s. SSE firmly supports the adoption of a net zero carbon target by 2050 for the UK and seeks
mitigating the impact of producing it – also known as the ‘energy trilemma’ – remains the                                                            to play a practical role in delivering the renewable electricity and grid infrastructure that will be required to achieve it.

most material challenge to SSE’s business and the energy industry as a whole.
SSE has mechanisms that allow it to identify further impacts it           SSE is also guided by international frameworks for sustainable
may have on society, the economy or the environment. Through              development and the increasing demand for environment, social              The Future of the Corporation                                         Ownership of electricity networks
monitoring trends in the external environment and engaging with           and governance (ESG) disclosure to ensure it is addressing and
its key stakeholders, SSE is able to identify material issues to its      reporting on the most material issues to shareholders and wider            In November 2018, the British Academy published                       The proposals by the Labour Party in the UK to bring
business and those with an interest in SSE and the wider industry.        society, and therefore creating value in a sustainable way.                its first tranche of research from its new international              electricity networks into state control have stimulated a
                                                                                                                                                     research and public engagement programme                              debate about the way in which the private companies
EMERGING TRENDS (PAGE 11)                                                                                                                            ‘The Future of the Corporation’. The aim of the
                                                                                                                                                     programme is to develop an evidence base that will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           deliver in the public interest. SSE has sought to respond
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           constructively by working with stakeholders to provide
SSE tracks existing and developing trends in the external environment which may influence the way it seeks to meet its business                      serve as a foundation to redefine business for the 21st               evidence of the public interest delivered. While there is
objectives. These trends are not restricted to the energy sector alone, they extend to wider societal issues too. Tracking these trends              century and build trust between business and society.                 overwhelming evidence that GB consumers have benefited
can highlight challenges and opportunities for the business, its stakeholders and society as a whole, and allows SSE to prepare or                                                                                         from lower costs, higher reliability and better-quality service
respond appropriately.                                                                                                                               SSE believes this to be a hugely important piece                      following privatisation 30 years ago, SSE is proposing
                                                                                                                                                     of work and is supporting the programme as it                         progressive reform to the UK energy system. These reforms
WORKING WITH SSE’S STAKEHOLDERS (PAGES 12 TO 13)                                                                                                     progresses into a practical programme for action
                                                                                                                                                     that places the creation of social value at the heart of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           should focus firmly on delivering fairness to consumers,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           enable increased involvement of local communities and
Engaging constructively with its key internal and external               positive environmental, social and economic impacts.                        business purpose.                                                     ensure network companies contribute to local economies,
stakeholders is crucial to help SSE identify issues which are,                                                                                                                                                             pay employees fairly and pay taxes on any profits earned.
or are likely to become, material to the company or its                  Details of how SSE engages with its six core groups of
stakeholders. By identifying issues that are most material to            stakeholders and what issues are material to them can be found
its stakeholders, SSE is able to focus and prioritise decision-          on pages 12 and 13, alongside examples of specific issues
making within the organisation, allowing it to achieve more              engaged on in 2018/19 and how this impacted decision-making.                Flexibility first                                                     Offshore wind for UK benefit
MATERIAL RISKS (PAGE 14)                                                                                                                             With the transformation of local electricity grids proving
                                                                                                                                                     to be the key enabler of a localised, low-carbon energy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           With the dramatic reduction in the cost of delivering
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           offshore wind farms, the sector is expected to play a
SSE’s Risk Management Framework and System of Internal Control allow it to manage and respond to 10 Group Principal Risks                            system, developments in 2018/19 have accelerated                      highly significant role in the UK’s decarbonisation, with an
identified for SSE, which outline the core uncertainties facing the company. Sustainability is considered to varying degrees throughout              this transition. An important principle of the newly                  increase from 8GW today to at least 30GW in 2030. At the
all of the Principal Risks, with specific sustainability-related issues, in particular climate change, being highlighted as influencing factors.     emerging ‘Distribution System Operator’ (DSO) role                    same time, communities across the country are, rightly,
                                                                                                                                                     is the significance of flexibility to accommodate                     expecting to secure some benefit from investment in
                                                                                                                                                     both new sources of electricity demand, like electric                 offshore wind farms. The UK Government’s mechanism for
GLOBAL FRAMEWORKS AND DISCLOSURE (PAGE 15)                                                                                                           vehicles, and new sources of electricity generation, like             stimulating this large-scale private investment mechanism
                                                                                                                                                     small renewable generators. In 2018/19, the electricity               is the ‘Contract for Difference’ and in 2019 an important
SSE is conscious that it does not operate in isolation and               to ensure it plays a part in addressing global challenges, thereby
                                                                                                                                                     network industry agreed to a principle of ‘flexibility first’.        deal was struck between the offshore wind industry and
considers the role its business plays in a national and international    enhancing the sustainability of its business and its capacity to
                                                                                                                                                     This means the industry will pursue ‘smart’ solutions to              the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial
context. Global frameworks provide SSE with a lens from which            create value over the long-term.
                                                                                                                                                     accommodate both enhanced electricity supply and                      Strategy. The objective of this Sector Deal is to build the
the company can address the issue of climate change and other
                                                                                                                                                     demand before implementing costly network upgrades.                   capability of the UK’s supply chain through an industry
material sustainability-related issues that face the business. They      The most important of these frameworks is the UN’s SDGs which
                                                                                                                                                     This is an important milestone in the development of the              investment of up to £250m, supporting better, high-paying
guide SSE to consider issues material to its business in a much          are designed to address some of the biggest challenges facing
                                                                                                                                                     smart grids the country will need in the future.                      jobs right across the UK.
wider societal and global sense, allowing it to focus its activities     humanity. SSE has aligned its 2030 Goals directly to them.

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WORKING WITH
SSE’S STAKEHOLDERS                                                                                                                                              CASE STUDY
                                                                                                                                                                Stakeholder impact on SSEN Transmission’s Business Plan                   on how the business plan improvements will impact the
Successful delivery of SSE’s strategy depends on constructive relationships with its stakeholders. By creating open, two-                                       SSE’S Transmission is business is currently developing its                GB consumer and not just the customers connected to
way channels of communication with stakeholders, SSE gains a deeper understanding of their perspectives to help inform                                          business plan for the RIIO-2 price control between 2021                   the north of Scotland network, which will be reflected in
decision-making and ensure it delivers the best outcomes for customers, shareholders and wider society.                                                         and 2026 that will be determined by energy regulator                      SSEN’s business plan. Furthermore, the User Group have
                                                                                                                                                                Ofgem. A key change in Ofgem’s approach to RIIO-2 is                      reinforced the critical nature of the north of Scotland
SSE’s stakeholders are people, communities and organisations with an interest in its purpose, strategy, operations and actions                                  the introduction of enhanced stakeholder engagement                       in decarbonising the electricity system across the
and who may be affected by them. SSE has six core groups of stakeholders – energy customers; employees; shareholders;                                           to inform network business plans. SSEN has welcomed                       whole of GB.
government and regulators; suppliers and contractors; and civil society, communities and NGOs. Meaningful engagement                                            this positive and constructive process and its ‘User Group’
with these stakeholder groups supports the ethos of Section 172 of the Companies Act 2006 which sets out that Directors                                         has provided significant influence on SSEN’s Emerging                     With many months of activity remaining in the process,
should have regard to stakeholder interests when discharging their duty to promote the success of the company.                                                  Thinking document.                                                        it is anticipated that the User Group will be key to SSEN’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ability to implement a business plan with stakeholder and
More details of the key stakeholder engagement undertaken at different levels within SSE, through both day-to-day and                                           The User Group has given highly instructive advice to focus               public legitimacy.
strategic activities, to inform decision-making and enhance Board understanding are set out in SSE’s Annual Report 2019,
pages 22 to 23, and 93.

  ENERGY CUSTOMERS                                    EMPLOYEES                                           SHAREHOLDERS                                         GOVERNMENT                                       SUPPLIERS                                         CIVIL SOCIETY,
                                                                                                                                                               AND REGULATORS                                   AND CONTRACTORS                                   COMMUNITIES AND NGOS

     SSE supplies and delivers energy and             SSE’s 20,000 employees have a direct stake in       SSE’s large and diverse shareholder base             Governments and regulators play a central        Building strong relationship with its supply      SSE works in partnership with third-
     related services to millions of domestic         the sustainability of its business. The effective   is increasingly focused on environmental,            role in shaping the energy sector. SSE works     chain, which consists of around 8,000             party organisations that bring specialist
     and business customers across the UK and         engagement of employees is also a powerful          social and governance (ESG) performance.             closely with them to help deliver an energy      suppliers and contractors, is crucial to SSE’s    perspectives on social, environmental
     Ireland, who all expect a quality service they   tool for improved business performance. SSE         As of 31 March 2019, more than one third of          system that supports achievement of              successful operation and to maximise cost         and energy- and business-related issues
     can rely on. Ensuring it provides an inclusive   seeks to be a responsible employer with the         SSE’s top shareholders were signatories to           long-term carbon targets and also works in       efficiencies.                                     on behalf of energy customers and wider
     service and meets the needs of its most          employee voice representing a core element          the International Investors Group on Climate         the interest of all energy customers.                                                              society.
     vulnerable customers is a priority for SSE.      of its people strategy.                             Change and are particularly focused on the                                                            Material issues
                                                                                                          governance of climate-related issues.                Material issues                                  – Fair expectation in the delivery of projects    Material issues
     Material issues                                  Material issues                                                                                          – Cost-effective decarbonisation                 – Management of health and safety risks           – Environmental protection and
     – Affordable and accessible energy               – Opportunities for development                     Material issues                                      – Fair treatment of customers                    on sites                                          decarbonisation
     – Responsiveness to need and vulnerability       – Flexible and family-friendly working patterns     – Financial performance                              – Security of energy supplies                    – Economic opportunities for local supply         – Customer vulnerability and fuel poverty
     – Quality customer service                       – Inclusion and diversity                           – Investment plans                                   – Economic impact of investments                 chains                                            – Employment standards including the
     – Using energy efficiently                       – The opportunity to have a say and make a          – Operational performance                            – Conduct of large businesses                    – Management of social and environmental          real Living Wage and the gender pay gap
     – Impact of industry change                      difference within SSE                               – Strategic direction of the company                 – Brexit and its impacts on industry             impacts                                           – SSE’s economic contribution and its
                                                      – Communications with employees in                  – Environmental, social and governance                                                                                                                  approach to tax
     Engagement                                       relation to issues such as Brexit                   (ESG) performance                                    Engagement                                       Engagement
     Proactive and continual engagement with                                                                                                                   SSE has dedicated teams who work to              SSE works with suppliers to ensure its            Engagement
     customers assesses the quality of service        Engagement                                          Engagement                                           communicate its business strategy and            values on issues such as environmental            Mature relationships with communities and
     provided and allows SSE to understand their      SSE undertakes ongoing, two-way employee            SSE maintains constructive and regular               investment decisions, and to assist the          protection, safety and modern slavery, are        NGOs are key in supporting SSE’s day-to-
     current and future needs. Key engagement         engagement to ensure it understands their           dialogue with shareholders to ensure their           development of regulation and policies           upheld throughout its supply chain. Key           day operations. Key engagement includes:
     includes: daily, real-time communication         opinions on the workplace. Key engagement           perspectives are considered in decision-             which impact on SSE and its customers.           engagement includes: supplier relationship        community consultations; seeking feedback
     through digital platforms, such as social        includes: structured career conversations;          making. Key engagement includes: regular             Key engagement includes: face-to-face            management with its strategic supply chain        on reports and initiatives; participation in
     media; targeted awareness-raising                working with trade union partners; all-             financial reporting; the AGM; investor               meetings; responses to consultations; and        partners; quality and health and safety           public events; and responding to surveys
     campaigns; and customer feedback forums.         employee engagement surveys; and                    roadshows; attendance at investor                    participation in working groups. SSE has a       audits; and onsite training.                      and consultations.
                                                      communication through internal channels             conferences; correspondence on specific              published Political Engagement Statement
                                                      such as the SSE app and employee                    matters on a reactive basis; and contributing        that sets out the standards it adopts when
                                                      conferences.                                        to ESG analyst profiles of SSE.                      engaging in advocacy with government and
                                                                                                                                                               regulators.

 Example of 2018/19 engagement                        Example of 2018/19 engagement                       Example of 2018/19 engagement                        Example of 2018/19 engagement                    Example of 2018/19 engagement                     Example of 2018/19 engagement
 SSEN launched its Supporting a Smarter               Over the course of 2018, SSE Energy Services        Over the course of the year, many key                Engagement in 2018/19 highlighted a need         In early 2019, SSE issued a modern slavery        As a champion of the real Living Wage, SSE
 Electricity System report, which set out the         undertook extensive internal communications         shareholders engaged with SSE around its             for network companies to do more to              risk assessment questionnaire to its top          joined the Living Hours Steering Group and
 priorities and principles guiding the transition     around the then planned merger with npower,         management of climate-related risks and              demonstrate they are delivering in the public    strategic suppliers, of which the vast majority   conducted a number of joint consultation
 to DSO in 2017. In 2018, it published the            to keep employees up-to-date with changes.          opportunities, to gain a better understanding        interest, whilst being open to progressive       responded. SSE asked if appropriate policies      sessions with the Living Wage Foundation on
 results of its stakeholder consultation on the       The use of Yammer, a social network for             of this area of uncertainty.                         reform to deliver the decentralised and          are in place and if they undertake audits,        the issue of secure working hours.
 publication in its Your Response report.             employees, proved a particularly effective          Outcome for decision-making                          democratised low carbon system of the            training and risk assessments.                    Outcome for decision-making
 Outcome for decision-making                          internal communication tool.                        SSE has brought its key climate-related risks        future.                                          Outcome for decision-making                       SSE is taking part in the Living Hours pilot
 The consultation process has provided valuable       Outcome for decision-making                         and opportunities from its annual CDP Climate        Outcome for decision-making                      Modern slavery will now be added to the           which sets the standard on responsible
 feedback to help SSEN ensure the transition to       The Q&A sessions with senior leaders on             Change submission into its Sustainability            As a result SSE led number of consultations      agenda at the quarterly meetings between          working hour practices. It has committed to
 DSO works for all customers, including a desire      Yammer allowed the business to analyse              Report 2019, so the information is more              around RIIO reform, including around             SSE and these strategic suppliers, with a full    becoming one of the first organisations to
 for more transparency and removing barriers          employee comments and gather insight into           accessible to its shareholders. It has also linked   transparency and a position paper on fair tax,   annual update provided on progress.               gain Living Hours accreditation in the UK.
 for community-level projects.                        the sentiment around particular topics so           part of executive pay to progress in meeting its     to explore where network companies can go
                                                      communications could be tailored appropriately.     2030 Goals, aimed at tackling climate change.        further in meeting the public interest.

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MATERIAL RISKS                                                                                                                                   GLOBAL FRAMEWORKS
SSE’s 10 Group Principal Risks outline the core uncertainties the company must
manage and mitigate to meet its strategic objectives. Inadequate management of
risk can result in significant social, environmental or economic harm.
                                                                                                                                                 AND DISCLOSURE
                                                                                                                                                 SSE’s commitment to disclosing and communicating sustainability information
SSE’s Annual Report 2019 (pages 66 to 71) describes the Principal Risks in detail, along with its Risk Management Framework and                  coincides with the global trend that investors and wider stakeholders increasingly
System of Internal Control. This report, however, is concerned about the way in which social and environmental factors are considered            recognise the value of companies’ impacts beyond financial metrics. As well
within that process.
                                                                                                                                                 as allowing stakeholders to benchmark SSE’s performance and strategy, these
Whilst all the Group Principal Risks are relevant from a sustainability perspective, those with particular relevance are shown below             frameworks provide guidance to SSE on where it can create greater value for
within a green box.                                                                                                                              shareholders and society.
     Increased in materiality for SSE during 2018/19 		              No significant change in materiality for SSE during 2018/19                 Contributing to the UN’s SDGs
                                                                                                                                                 The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the primary framework SSE uses to report and guide its meaningful contribution
                                                                                                                                                 to sustainable development. While SSE contributes to many of the 17 SDGs, it believes it is more meaningful to report against the SDGs
     Commodity Prices: The risk associated with the Group’s                   Cyber Security and Resilience: The risk that key
                                                                                                                                                 that are most material to its business. See page 8 for information on SSE’s alignment of its business strategy to the four SDGs identified
     exposure to fluctuations in both the physical volumes and                infrastructure, networks or core systems are compromised
                                                                                                                                                 as highly material to the company and read more about SSE’s contribution to these SDGs on pages 16 to 59.
     price of key commodities, including electricity, gas, CO2                or are otherwise rendered unavailable.
     permits, oil and related foreign exchange values.                                                                                           As well, as the four highly material SDGs, SSE’s materiality assessment identified four other SDGs that are material to the company.
                                                                              Energy Affordability: The risk that the combination of
                                                                              the cost of providing reliable and sustainable energy and
     Development and Change: The risk of failing to recognise                 the level of customers’ incomes means that energy
     and react appropriately to competition, technological                    becomes unaffordable to a significant number of SSE’s
     advancements and stakeholders’ evolving expectations.                    customers. This risk is directly connected to political
                                                                              interventions and commodity price exposure.
                                                                                                                                                     Gender Equality                Reduced Inequalities            Responsible Consumption                         Life on Land
                                                                                                                                                     The energy industry            SSE operates across some            and Production                       The environment is essential
     Energy Infrastructure Failure: The risk of national energy               Financial Liabilities: The risk that funding is not available         is a traditionally male-        of the most remote places          SSE relies on various natural           in sustaining society and
     infrastructure failure, whether in respect of assets owned               to meet SSE’s financial liabilities, including those relating to   dominated sector. SSE must         in the UK and Ireland, and                                                SSE must actively manage
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      resources during construction
     by SSE or those owned by others which SSE relies on, that                its defined benefit pension schemes, as these fall due under       encourage more women IN,           believes it should promote           and operation of its assets.           any positive or negative
     prevents the Group from meeting its obligations.                         both normal and stressed conditions without incurring               ON and UP in its business           economic growth that              It must use these resources         impacts it has on ecosystems
                                                                              unacceptable costs or risking damage to its reputation.               to ensure women are              creates and shares value          efficiently to minimise waste             and habitats through
                                                                                                                                                  represented at all levels of      with people, communities            and adverse environmental                     its activities.
     Large Capital Projects Quality: The risk that major assets                                                                                          the company.                    and supply chains.                        impacts.                         Pages 62 to 63.
     that SSE builds do not meet the quality standards required to            People and Culture: The risk that SSE is unable to attract,               Pages 56 to 59.                   Pages 47 to 50.                 Pages 18, 19, 62 and 63.
     support economic lives of typically 15 to 30 years.                      develop and retain an appropriately skilled, diverse and
                                                                              responsible workforce and leadership team, and maintain            Becoming a signatory to the UNGC
                                                                              a healthy business culture which encourages and supports           In 2018/19, SSE became a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), the world’s largest corporate sustainability
                                                                              ethical behaviours and decision-making.                            initiative, committing to take action that advances societal goals. By becoming a signatory SSE commits to conducting its business in
     Politics, Regulation and Compliance: The risk from
     changes in obligations arising from operating in markets                                                                                    line with universal principles on the environment, human rights, labour and anti-corruption.
     which are subject to a high degree of regulatory, legislative
                                                                              Safety and the Environment: The risk of harm to people,            Investor demand for ESG disclosure
     and political intervention or uncertainty.
                                                                              property or the environment from SSE’s operations.                 There is growing demand from the investor community for increased disclosure from companies on environmental, social and
                                                                                                                                                 governance (ESG) performance. SSE’s disclosure of ESG performance allows it to communicate material issues to investors, and in turn
                                                                                                                                                 allows these investors to assess the level of risk their investment may be at. SSE engages with the ESG investor community through:
Sustainability in the Group Principal Risk context
Sustainability is considered throughout the Group Principal Risks, with specific sustainability-related influencing factors including:
                                                                                                                                                 •   Subject-specific investor questionnaires – SSE responds annually to questionnaires including: CDP Climate Change, Water and
zero tolerance of unsafe behaviour; government interventions and requirements around corporate governance and ethics;
                                                                                                                                                     Forest Programmes on how it manages these environmental issues; the Workforce Disclosure Initiative, on its management of
human rights and labour standards; inclusion and diversity in the workforce; public policies relating to energy affordability and
                                                                                                                                                     workforce related issues; and the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index which benchmarks the top companies globally which are
the low-carbon transition.
                                                                                                                                                     committed to advancing women in the workplace.
Climate change is a core thread that runs through SSE’s business strategy. It therefore is a material influencing factor, to different
                                                                                                                                                 •   ESG analyst surveys – SSE actively engages with ESG analyst companies, including Vigeo Eiris, Sustainalytics and MSCI, to provide
degrees, on each of SSE’s Group Principal Risks. Most materially, climate change and the resultant geopolitical response to this, as
                                                                                                                                                     feedback and input into their ESG profiles of SSE.
well as impacting the environment, may influence Commodity Prices, Politics, Regulation and Compliance, Energy Infrastructure
Failure and the Energy Affordability Group Principal Risks. In response to both the influential role climate change has on the
company and in line with the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures, climate-related risks and opportunities are
                                                                                                                                                 Following best practice reporting guidelines
                                                                                                                                                 To clearly demonstrate SSE’s sustainability performance to its stakeholders, SSE follows best practice reporting guidelines and
outlined on pages 22 to 25 of this report. Finally, SSE’s new 2030 Goals are expected to provide a future lens from which the
                                                                                                                                                 requirements. This includes highlighting where its performance indicators meet Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards for global
company can address the issue of climate change and other material sustainability-related issues that face the business.
                                                                                                                                                 sustainability reporting (see pages Pages 62 to 63) and also its performance in meeting the Non-Financial Reporting requirements of
                                                                                                                                                 the Companies Act 2006, which necessitate additional disclosure of non-financial impacts (see page 25 of SSE’s Annual Report 2019).

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