Investing in our communities
Each day ScottishPower engages in activities that have a positive impact on society. We create wealth and jobs, pay taxes, deliver goods and services, drive innovation, and contribute to the skills base. Over and above these activities, we regularly contribute to community based organisations and engage in activities to help address a range of wider issues in the communities where we operate.
This specific voluntary engagement with charitable organisations or activities that extends beyond companies’ core business is broadly known as Corporate Community Investment.
As part of the Iberdrola Group, ScottishPower uses the LBG Framework to evaluate its corporate community investment activity. The LBG Framework is a global standard used by hundreds of organisations around the world; providing a robust and credible approach to measuring the real value and impact of corporate community investment to both business and society.
During 2018, ScottishPower voluntarily contributed £12.8 million in community support activity, through cash, time, in kind support and management costs associated with running community programmes. This represents an increase of almost 4% on the previous year.
ScottishPower has a significant presence in many communities throughout the UK; from offices, to windfarms, substations and overhead line networks. We have a strong employee presence in the community too, with hundreds of meter readers visiting homes across the country nearly every day of the year.
We value our relationships with our local communities and aim to demonstrate this by operating our business responsibly at all times, being open and honest in our communication with local stakeholders and by sharing our skills and resources to create real and lasting benefits.
According to the LBG Annual Review 2018, community investment is getting more strategic, with more than 70% of the businesses reporting to LBG setting long-term measurable goals. In fact, over 99% of our total contributions as a company during the year were classified as Community Investment or Commercial Initiatives, all with a clear link to ScottishPower’s strategic priorities.
We support various education and training programmes; working with school children, school leavers and graduates, to encourage young people to consider studying science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) with a view to pursuing a career in the power sector.
We also educate young people about electrical safety, through our award winning PowerWise programme. PowerWise is a free, interactive teaching resource linked to the English, Welsh and Scottish national curricula, and is available to school teachers to help educate pupils on the importance of staying safe around electricity.
Through our long-term relationship with Cancer Research UK, we have raised over £20 million since 2012 to help bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. We have an innovative Help Beat Cancer tariff through which we make a donation for every month a customer stays on the tariff and we are the Official Energy Sponsor of the charity’s Race for Life. LBG believes that a successful programme isn’t just about the grants a business provides; it’s about how a workforce is mobilised. That’s why thousands of ScottishPower employees have shown their support by taking part in Race for Life events across the UK, and hundreds of our employees have helped to take donation calls for Stand Up To Cancer.
ScottishPower employees are at the heart of all of our fundraising activities and last year they raised over £70,000 for Cancer Research UK. They also raised more than £32,000 for charities of their choice, which was boosted by a donation of £8000 from ScottishPower through our Charity Chest programme. Our staff also gave a further £135,000 to charity through tax efficient payroll giving.
We have a strong culture of employee volunteering across the company, and every employee is offered the opportunity to take one day’s paid leave each year to volunteer. In 2018, over 500 members of staff took part in volunteering activities organised by ScottishPower and they contributed over 1600 hours during paid company time.
As part of the operation of our onshore windfarms we support over 30 community benefit funds; empowering communities spread across the UK to control how this money is spent to best serve the needs of the local area. During 2018, ScottishPower Renewables gave more than £5.2 million to local communities neighbouring its windfarms.
For further information on the LBG Framework, visit the LBG website.