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We believe businesses have a duty to contribute to society and the communities they serve. Find out more about how being a responsible business impacts everything we do.

Our Responsible Business Charter

Our Responsible Business Charter sets out what responsibility means for us, and our commitments and ambitions over the coming years. Whether it's making sure young people today become the problem solvers of tomorrow, tackling climate change by reducing our own emissions, or helping our customers use energy more efficiently, we will take action.

Responsible business is how we do business. We’ll be reporting on our progress on these commitments and ambitions in our new annual Responsible Business Report.

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Reporting our performance to stakeholders

We have published our 2020/21 Responsible Business Report, along with an external assurance opinion statement, our Reporting Methodology document, and guidance on our alignment to sustainability reporting standards, the GRI and SASB.

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What responsibility means to us

We're making bold commitments to change the way we work to help curb harmful emissions and protect our planet.

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Our vision

Our vision is to be at the heart of a clean, fair and affordable energy future.

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Our values

Responsibility at National Grid means applying our values to everything we do, every day by:

  • doing the right thing
  • finding a better way
  • making it happen.

It’s what society expects us to do so, and we know we can make a positive impact by acting as a responsible business.

Putting our values into action

John Pettigrew Business needs to stand for something more than simply profitability. Now, more than ever, we have a responsibility to demonstrate our contribution to society more broadly. At National Grid we’re committed to being a responsible business in everything we do. It’s enshrined in our purpose – to Bring Energy to Life.

John Pettigrew, Chief Executive, National Grid

COP26 - tackling climate change

COP26 is coming to the UK in 2021 and we're excited to be one of the Principal Partners. Find out more about the summit and how we're getting involved.

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Our contribution to UN Sustainable Development Goals

We support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

Five focus areas where we can make an impact

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

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The environment

Enabling a fair and affordable transition to a clean energy economy, and reducing our own emissions.

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Our communities

Going the extra mile to deliver positive impact in the communities we serve.

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Our people

Working to ensure all our people are treated fairly and given the opportunity to thrive at work


Contributing to the economies of the countries where we operate our businesses, partnering with others.


Committed to the highest standard of corporate governance and making sure the principles of responsibility guide us in everything we do.

About us

Find out more about what we do, our businesses and our vision and values.

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Get insights into the energy industry, its people, projects and progress towards net zero.

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