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electricity group to join ranks of social reporters

February 2002

The London Electricity group is to launch its first corporate social responsibility report this spring.

The group, which employs 4500 staff in the UK, hopes to publish the document by early April as part of a move to deepen its community involvement.

It is also recruiting two staff members to join its social responsibility team – a reporting analyst who will be involved in producing CSR reports, and a policy analyst who will talk to stakeholders.

The six-strong team will spend much of its time ‘investigating and reporting on the non-financial internal and external factors that impact on our organization’. The CSR report will be produced in-house and verified externally.

Paul Taylor, head of corporate affairs, said that LE group was particularly keen on its employees taking part in community projects.

‘Our focus has always been on education, the environment and regeneration, and that will continue to be the case,’ he said. ‘But now we want our staff to be more involved.’

The group, which is responsible for London’s electricity distribution network and supplies energy to around three million UK customers, has for five years run the London Electricity School Grounds Awards, which give grants of up to £2500 ($3590).

It also runs regular ‘cultural diversity workshops’ with guest speakers to help LE group employees ‘reach a better understanding of the needs of customers from different cultural backgrounds’.

The three main charities it supports – Centrepoint, which provides housing for young homeless people, Marie Curie Cancer Care and Age Concern – were chosen by employees. The company also encourages staff members to volunteer in the community through its Helping Hands initiative, which supports school mentoring, team challenges and environmental clean-ups.

Although based in London with power stations in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, the group is part of Electricite de France.

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