SSE has joined forces with a host of leading UK businesses in signing the C-19 Business Pledge to support the UK through the coronavirus pandemic and the recovery efforts.
The C-19 pledge, established by The Rt Hon Justine Greening and leading businessman David Harrison, aims to protect both consumers and employees from the economic and social instability caused by the pandemic.
SSE has set out the first steps it has taken to support customers, communities and employees, which includes:
- £1million ($1,23 million) made available immediately for communities: SSE has brought forward up to 10% of its annual community funds to be available to communities in direct response to the challenges posed by COVID-19.
- Supporting vulnerable customers through the company’s Priority Services Register: SSEN is working closely with local agencies to ensure those who are vulnerable can be reached as quickly as possible in the event of an electricity network fault.
- Protecting those providing a critical service: measures are in place to protect key personnel on SSE sites where work must continue to support the supply of electricity, while non-critical work has been suspended to enable as many employees as possible to remain in their homes.
Alistair Phillips-Davies, SSE Chief Executive, said: “All businesses have a responsibility to customers, employees and communities and we’re no different. We’re pleased to be able to join forces with other like-minded businesses in signing the C-19 pledge and continuing to play our part in the national fight against the virus.
“Today we’ve set out the steps we’ve taken so far, underpinned by our brilliant workforce who are responding to this unprecedented situation with commitment, professionalism and sheer hard work, to deliver reliable electricity to the country. We’ll continue to look at more ways we can play our part in the weeks and months ahead.”
The Rt Hon Justine Greening said: “Those companies who are able to, can have a huge role in battling the impact of coronavirus and make a real difference in these uniquely challenging times.
“I welcome the work being done by SSE and others who are playing their part; the early response has been incredible and I’ll do everything I can to help to unite British businesses in this effort.”
Utilities in the power and energy sector have had to rapidly implement coping mechanisms and strategies to protect staff, customers and their bottom line.
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