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 Our Contribution  


"Our Contribution sets out National Grid’s ambition to transform the way we do business and provide a sustainable legacy as a result of our operations. By making our contribution and doing the right thing, we ensure that our business delivers enduring value to customers, investors, employees and the society that we serve. We are committed to embed sustainability to create value, preserve resources and respect the interests of communities." 

Steve Holliday, Chief Executive

About National Grid

We are an international electricity and gas company based in the UK and northeastern US. We play a vital role in connecting millions of people safely, reliably and efficiently to the energy they use.We are at the heart of one of the greatest challenges facing our society – delivering clean energy to support our world long into the future.We work with all our stakeholders to promote the development and implementation of sustainable, innovative and affordable energy solutions. 

Working with our suppliers
With so much investment in our networks, the goods and services we buy will have a huge impact on our carbon emissions. Working collaboratively with our supply chain is key to identifying and maximising carbon savings.

In October 2014 we held our first Sustainability Supplier Forum to engage with our suppliers to identify opportunities to incorporate sustainable practices in our operations and share some of the work we have been doing on assessing the carbon footprint of our infrastructure projects. Working with our suppliers we have developed an action plan that includes a greater level of supplier engagement as part of our procurement processes.

This engagement builds on our Sustainability Summit where we developed our sustainable business vision, ambition and programme with our stakeholders. Following on from the summit, we held a competition to challenge our UK suppliers to come up with innovative ways of implementing the principles of Circular Economy, promoted by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, into the design of the materials, plant, processes and equipment they supply to us. We are working with the winner of this competition to embed their ideas into our processes.