CSR Policy

Introduction

Rural Update CampaignSimple Power is committed to corporate social responsibility (CSR).

The energy generated from our wind turbines on local farms is supplying the electricity grid with renewable energy that is powering Northern Ireland.

Our efforts are helping Northern Ireland deliver its renewable energy targets while also creating a new electricity market and securing future energy supply.

By helping farmers to embrace wind energy we are at the forefront of protecting the environment and supporting the rural economy.

Through these partnerships we are helping to deliver a much-needed boost to farm incomes and, in turn, to rural communities.

In addition to these direct economic benefits, we are also committed to making a social investment in the rural community.

Our CSR principles include:

Simple Power recognises that our social, economic and environmental responsibilities to stakeholders are integral to our business. We demonstrate these responsibilities through our actions and within this CSR policy.

  • We shall be open and honest in communicating our strategies and performance to our stakeholders in our continual commitment to CSR.
  • We take seriously all feedback that we receive from our stakeholders and, where possible, maintain open dialogue to ensure that we fulfil the requirements outlined within this policy.
  • Our Chief Executive is responsible for the implementation and review of this policy and making the necessary resources available to realise our corporate responsibilities.

Our Current CSR Commitments:

In 2013, we committed to a CSR partnership with Northern Ireland charity, Rural Support.

Rural Support was formed in 2002 following the Foot and Mouth epidemic which had a severe impact on farmers and on the rural community in Northern Ireland. There was evidence of distress within the rural community and the need for a support service was identified.

Rural Support provides support through a helpline which offers a listening and signposting service for farmers and rural families.

Simple Power works in partnership with Rural Support providing financial support and fundraising activities that help the charity to deliver its much-needed service throughout Northern Ireland.

The Rural Support service helps farmers and the rural community in every county of Northern Ireland deal with a range of issues including emotional distress, suicide risk, physical and mental health, farming paperwork and bureaucracy.

In addition, Simple Power actively supports the farming community including key partnerships with the Young Farmers Clubs of Ulster, Farm Safety Partnership and by supporting the annual Farming Life Awards in Northern Ireland.

The Farm Safety Partnership brings together the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI), the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) and the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) to address the poor record of health and safety within the agricultural industry in Northern Ireland. At Simple Power, we believe everyone involved in or working with the farming community has a role to play in relaying the farm safety message and we support the campaign wholeheartedly.

Working with Action for Renewables, the UK-wide campaign for renewable energy, we support Wind Week and Global Wind Day.  In 2016, we hosted a number of school tours of our wind turbines, demonstrating to pupils how wind as a natural resource is providing electricity to meet our everyday needs. Wind Week provides an opportunity for young people to find out more about the way we are harnessing our greatest free energy source, the wind, to provide clean, home-grown energy for everyone.

In addition to our work with the Young Farmers Clubs of Ulster, we will continue to work with local schools, colleges and universities as an industry advocate for wind and renewable energy.

We are committed to maintaining our focus on CSR to support the community in which we operate today and in the future.