Our people

Build the net zero workforce

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Diversity of our workforce
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Our journey so far

We’re committed to creating a work environment where our people feel respected and are treated fairly, empowered to be themselves and valued for their skills, backgrounds, expertise and insights; we want everybody to thrive at National Grid. Making sure our workforce reflect the diversity of the communities we serve is important to us and we believe that not only is it the right thing to do, it's also critical for enabling us to successfully lead the clean energy transition and help the UK deliver net zero.

We maintain fairness across the organisation for pay and make sure our pay practices do not show bias. We’re a living wage employer in the UK and undertake a Living Wage review each year to ensure continued alignment. In the US all colleagues are paid above the statutory minimum in each state. We also review gender pay gaps and ethnicity pay gaps annually in both the UK and US.

We are driving forward our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), and have been recognised in the following:

Our commitments and targets

Invest in our people and build the skills needed to deliver the clean energy future

  • Ensure all colleagues have access to engaging learning solutions to fulfil their potential and develop the skills and capabilities required for the net zero workforce

Reflect the communities we serve, intentionally increasing ethnic and female representation in our workforce

  • Aim for 35% female representation and 20% ethnicity in our management population by 2025 

  • Aim for 50% female representation and 40% ethnicity in our new talent population by 2025 

  • Aim for 50% diversity of our Group Executive by 2025 including but not limited to a focus on gender & ethnicity 

  • Aim for 50% diversity of our Board by 2025

Create an inclusive culture, where it's safe to speak up and where our colleagues' voices are heard and understood by our Group Executive and Board 

  • Aim for our colleague engagement and ‘safe to say’ metrics to remain at or above the high performing norm (Korn Ferry benchmark) 

  • Our Group Executive and Board will conduct regular listening sessions with colleagues to shape decision-making in their best interests

Lead the industry on colleague health and wellbeing

  • Aim for our colleague wellbeing metrics to remain at or above the previous year

Ensure all colleagues receive fair and equitable pay

  • Committed to making sure pay is equitable for all colleagues and to ensure there's no bias, regardless of location in the UK or US, gender, ethnicity of disability

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Women in energy

We’re making strong progress in our goal towards gender equality at National Grid, and recognise that we can play a part in helping to ensure that women are equally represented in the energy industry.

Meet some of the women who are working to shape the future of the energy system, from inspiring innovations in renewable energy to breaking down stereotypes in engineering.

Read more

Our areas of responsible business

We have identified the other key areas where we can really make a difference by ensuring responsibility is woven through everything we do.

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Our environment

Deliver a clean energy future

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Our customers and communities

Support a fair and affordable transition

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Responsible Business fundamentals

Be a responsible business in our operations