Our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy has been developed by engaging with our stakeholders to determine what is important to them, assessing the business strengths and future direction, and finally, looking at the community issues faced in the North West. As a result of our engagement with stakeholders, our CSR focus areas are agreed as Community, Workplace, Environment, and Marketplace.
We are very much committed to delivering the highest standards of CSR. Within our business plan one of our key commitments is to improve our performance against Business in The Community’s nationally recognised CR Index. In 2018 we achieved a mark of 92%, up from 85% in 2017.
Our CSR initiatives include the sponsorship of key regional events such as science festivals in Manchester and Lancashire, which help to promote science and engineering subjects to thousands of people. Our school programme BrightSparks which delivers sessions on how electricity works to around 4,000 key stage two primary school pupils, each year, within the North West.
This year we are also supporting an exhibition ‘Electricity: The spark of life’ with our partner the Science and Industry Museum, Manchester. Featuring stunning commissions from three contemporary artists, Electricity: The spark of life examines how scientists experimented with electricity and how mass generation and distribution changed our lives. The exhibition has a particular focus on the North West network, using data and insight from Electricity North West to tell the story. The FREE exhibition runs from Thursday 18 October - Sunday 28 April 2019, 10am - 5pm at The Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester.