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.
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 2017, 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 2016/17. We scored within the top 0.5% of over 2400 companies worldwide that participated in CDP’s climate change program.
Throughout the CDP supply chain program, we engaged with 250 suppliers supporting the UK and US businesses and achieved a 76% response.
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 eight times before for its ethics and compliance programme and is one of only 135 businesses named this year across 23 countries, 57 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’.