Corporate political engagement

We are committed to maintaining a high standard of corporate political engagement worldwide. We do this by assessing and making our policies, procedures and practice visible, with reference to Transparency International Guidance.

Our commitment is underscored by the development of this webpage, which will enable everyone to see, in one place, how we live up to our aspirations. Further details across the four key Transparency International areas of focus – Control environment, Political contributions, Responsible lobbying and Revolving door – are included below.

More information:

If you have any questions about our corporate political engagement, please send us an email

The content of the Transparency International web pages (Global and UK) and corresponding documentation was reviewed and is up to date as of Thursday 01 November 2018 by the National Grid Corporate Affairs team. 

Control environment

We recognise that the control environment sets the tone for a company. This includes the integrity, ethical values and competence of employees, the philosophy and leadership style of management, the assignment of authority and responsibility for global political activities.

We have clear guiding principles underpinning our political activities, an integrated management approach and Board accountability and oversight. We can demonstrate that we manage activities on a group-wide basis and have management approval, monitoring and compliance processes in place to underpin this.

In this section we include:

Our guiding principles underpinning political activities (coming soon)

A public statement on political activities (coming soon)

A statement on our associated monitoring, management approval and assurance of political activity

Our Code of Ethical Business Conduct (coming soon)

Our Stakeholder BMS Standard (coming soon)

Anti Fraud and Bribery Practices Policy (coming soon)

The Audit Committee Terms of Reference – this body oversees our compliance on ethics and business conduct which includes lobbying. The internal audit and compliance teams monitor and reports to the Audit Committee, which in turn reports to the Board

Useful links:

The Bribery Act 2010 Guidance (Ministry of Justice [UK])

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (US)

Lobbying Disclosure Act (US)

Federal campaign finance law (US)

Political contributions

We have a clear policy of prohibiting political contributions; including by another entity on our behalf. The full policy is available below:

National Grid Statement on Political Contributions

Role of the AGM on Political Contributions

Responsible lobbying

We are committed to lobbying responsibly. We are open and transparent about global lobbying activities and provide further details below:

Our policy on responsible lobbying (coming soon)

Policy for managing the company's membership of organisations that engage in lobbying (and ensuring consistency of lobbyists with company policy)

How we consult stakeholders about our political lobbying activities

Aims and overview of our Political lobbying

Report on contracted services of serving Politicians to the company

Register of organisations we are a member of that lobby on behalf of the company (coming soon)

Revolving door

Our policy on the movement of directors and employees between positions in public/private sector – this includes our guidance on 'cooling off' for staff joining from the private sector

Register of Staff on Secondment to or from Public Bodies (update in progress)