Modern slavery act statement

Good Energy is a different kind of energy company, powering the choice of a cleaner, greener future together. Guided by our principles and values, we challenge the way things are done, putting power back into the hands of families, communities and businesses. We source all our electricity from certified renewables like solar power, wind power, hydroelectric power and biofuels. We always have and always will – no other UK energy supplier can promise that.

We were named “best green electricity supplier” and one of the UK’s most ethical companies of the last 25 years by Ethical Consumer Magazine. We are the only UK energy supplier to have equal representation between women and men at Board level. Our Executive team comprises four women and three men. We are also proud to have been an accredited Living Wage employer since 2015.

You can find out more about where and how we source our energy, how we look after our people and how we treat our customers at: goodenergy.co.uk. We continue to prove that the “other way” is better – and continue to see the momentum shift towards positive change.

Modern Slavery

This statement is made on behalf of Good Energy Group plc pursuant to section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the Act) and constitutes our slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31 December 2017.

It illustrates how we apply our principles and values and represents our public commitment to challenge and confront the use of forced, compulsory, trafficked or child labour within our supply chains.

Good Energy is a British renewable energy company with a difference. Founded in 1999, our mission is to transform the UK energy market by helping homes and businesses become part of a sustainable solution to climate change. Our customers are part of a community of homes and businesses that:

  • buy 100% renewable electricity and/or carbon neutral gas
  • generate their own renewable power
  • invest in our renewable future as shareholders and/or bondholders

Good Energy is listed on AIM and NEX and has four principal businesses:

  • supplying 100% renewable electricity and our green gas to homes and businesses across the UK;
  • administering participation in the Feed-in Tariff scheme for homes and businesses across the UK;
  • generating renewable electricity through the solar and wind farms we own; and
  • wholesale trading of electricity and gas.

Our suppliers include large renewable electricity generators, such as DONG, and our country-wide network of over 1,000 independent renewable power generators and biomethane producers, as well as National Grid plc and the various electricity distribution network operators, gas shippers and independent gas transporters.

Our delivery partners include suppliers of information technology, digital and telephony systems, metering solutions and ancillary services. We have also engaged specialist contractors and other consultants to help us construct and connect the renewable electricity generation assets that form our portfolio.  

We operate also strategic affiliations with a number of parties who share our aspiration to deliver a cleaner, greener future together.

Wherever we work, we strive to have a positive impact on local communities and the environment and have established dedicated community funds to support local projects for the lifetime of a solar or wind farm, as well as discounted local electricity tariffs for communities near our wind farms.

Although Good Energy considers the inherent risk of encountering modern slavery within its business, supply chains and strategic affiliations to be very low, it is nonetheless an issue that we take seriously. It goes without saying that we have adopted a zero-tolerance approach towards the use of forced, compulsory, trafficked or child labour within our organisation.

Good Energy operates according to its Guiding Principles and policy framework which describe the standards we expect to meet. These include ensuring that we:

  • operate robust, fair and balanced recruitment and employment practices in an environment which fosters a spirit of inclusion and values diversity at all levels;
  • identify the individuals and teams most likely to encounter issues related to modern slavery within our supply chains and develop specific training to support them in identifying and addressing issues;
  • actively assess risks related to modern slavery as part of the approval process for all new or renewed relationships with delivery partners, suppliers and strategic affiliates;
  • maintain our focus on incrementally improving our processes and procedures for the procurement of goods and services, including undertaking appropriate due diligence on suppliers and supply chains to assess and, wherever possible, ensure that risks of modern slavery are eliminated;
  • set clear expectations that our delivery partners, suppliers and strategic affiliates should meet the same high standards we set for ourselves, including through express contractual terms (and audit rights) wherever practicable; and
  • periodically assess the risk of modern slavery arising within our business and established supply chains to identify areas in which further enquiry or audit would be merited.

We review and update our Guiding Principles and policy framework regularly and provide refresher training for all our people at least annually (or as required in relation to specific updates). We also assess adherence to our Guiding Principles and policy framework through a variety of means, including internal audit and compliance assurance reviews. Risks and exceptions are reported to the Risk & Audit Committee. To date it has not been necessary to report on any risks or exceptions related to modern slavery, although we have previously ended relationships with suppliers where we discovered that they were not meeting the standards required by other aspects of our Guiding Principles.