Each year we participate in numerous responsibility ratings and rankings. We do this to help benchmark our corporate responsibility activities against other companies and focus on areas where we need to improve.

We believe benchmarking our performance is an important part of understanding the impact we have on society and identifying improvements we can make in the future. We show our commitment by participating in a number of CR-related indices.

BITC Index

Business in the Community Corporate Responsibility (CR) Index - as well as being a public exercise in transparency the CR Index is a robust tool to help companies systematically measure, manage and integrate responsible business practice. Our score for 2016 was 93%, the same level as 2015.

Carbon Disclosure Project

The CDP is an independent not-for-profit organisation, which works with thousands of businesses to help drive greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction and sustainable water use by encouraging them to disclose their GHG emissions to benchmark their performance.

In 2016, we achieved a place on CDP’s ‘Climate A List’, in recognition of the actions we have taken to reduce our emissions and mitigate climate change in 2015/16. We scored within the top 9% of over 1000 companies worldwide that participated in CDP’s climate change program.

Ethisphere World’s Most Ethical Business

The World’s Most Ethical Companies® programme honours companies which excel in three areas: promoting ethical business standards and practices internally; enabling managers and employees to make good choices; and, shaping future industry standards by introducing tomorrow’s best practices today. 

Recognised businesses have also historically outperformed others financially, demonstrating the connection between good ethical practices and performance that’s valued in the marketplace. National Grid has received the award seven times before for its ethics and compliance programme and is one of only 124 businesses named this year across 19 countries, 52 industry sectors and five continents. 

Corporate Citizenship LBG framework and measurement

LBG is the global standard for measuring, benchmarking and reporting on corporate community investment. The LBG network includes more than 220 companies globally. We complete the LBG and report the results in our Annual Report and Accounts each year under ‘Community engagement and investment in education’.


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