Janet Hogben, Chief People Officer

Our approach to empowering our people

“We will build a world-class training network and culture of inclusion to help our people achieve their full potential and work as a force for good in the community. We will lead on building skills and inspiring the next generation.”

- Janet Hogben, Chief People Officer

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Better Energy Ambitions Report

Our report covers progress on our Better Energy Ambitions which are our plan for a sustainable business.

We will inspire and enable our people to perform as a ‘force for good’, driving progress at work and across the communities we serve

We want to empower our people to be a force for good. This means creating a truly inclusive EDF Energy where everyone can be themselves and achieve their best, providing the skills and opportunities for our people to achieve great things at work and in the community, and inspiring and preparing the next generation to join our journey. At EDF Energy, our people are the ones who make our business great. Their passion, commitment and enthusiasm underpin everything we do – at work and in the communities that we are part of. So, we are doing everything we can to help our people succeed in their roles at EDF Energy and make an active contribution to the places they live and work in. That means creating the right working environment, the right opportunities and the right skills for success.


Our goal: To create a truly inclusive EDF Energy where everyone can be themselves and perform their best

Our key target

  • Achieve the National Equality Standard by 2015 and year on year improvement in Employee Engagement Survey scores for inclusion.

Our performance in 2015

  • The Inclusion Engagement Index has fallen 1% compared to 2014, driven by decreased scores in three of the six relevant questions in our annual employee engagement survey.
  • Following a comprehensive independent review of our policies and practices, we were awarded the National Equality Standard in 2015.

Our programmes

Our Forces Support Network was established and is now open to all supporters of the Armed Forces. It provides a mutually supportive network of former Armed Forces personnel who now work for, or are about to join, EDF Energy.  Our other networks are Black, Asian And Ethnic Minority, Disability and Carers, LGBT, Women’s and Working Parents.

The year ahead

We will focus on increasing diversity and building on our strong inclusion position, with emphasis on developing the inclusion agenda among our suppliers.

We will also review how to provide more holistic line manager support at our operational stations and call centres. 


Our goal: To give our people the skills they need to achieve great performance across our business, and inspire the next generation to join our journey

Our key targets

  • By 2018, all of our people will have experienced our Campus network and used this experience to tangibly improve their performance and productivity at work
  • By 2018, 75% of our new apprentices and graduates will have been inspired to join our business as a result of taking part in our Future Capabilities and science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) programmes

Our performance in 2015

  • In 2015, our Early Careers team were awarded Best On-boarding Strategy at the In-House Recruitment Awards.
  • CEO Vincent de Rivaz and Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom opened our state-of-the-art training facility at Cannington Court, the physical hub of our Campus training network. Cannington Court received bookings for 3,754 residential nights in 2015, exceeding our target of 3,500.
  • On the digital side of Campus, 11,751 employees and 1,216 contractors have logged on to the MyCampus e-learning platform so far: 71% of employees, against a target of 75%.
  • In 2015 we made 146 offers of employment, to our interns and graduates achieving our target.


We launched:

  • a development event with the Social Mobility Foundation to give final-year degree students insight into our graduate assessment selection process
  • a process for keeping in touch with former industrial placement students when they are back at university, to encourage them to return to EDF Energy.

Our programmes

We are embedding a Business Line Academy model and a Systematic Approach to Training throughout our business. So far we have mobilised eight Business Line Academies; and early analysis of the Systematic Approach to Training shows strong operational savings and returns on investment.

We have developed a skills pipeline to ensure we have the right people in the right place at the right time. We want to make sure that high calibre people we take on as interns and industrial placement students return to us for their career. Our strategy to achieve this includes sponsored student pipelines, offers of mentorship for students in their final year at university, and initial recruitment through the Social Mobility Foundation into the Work Insight Programme.

The year ahead

Diversity in our skills pipeline is a challenge. We will review our targets and consider implementing a diversity sub-target in 2016.

We are developing an Early Careers brochure to share in colleges, universities and our visitor centres.


Our goal: To enable our people to achieve great things in the communities we serve, and prepare the next generation for the sustainability challenges they face

Our key targets

  • By 2020 we will have achieved industry-leading levels of employee participation in our Company Makers and volunteering programmes (anticipated engagement levels are: 2016: 15%; 2020: 20%)
  • We will continue to work with over 50% of all schools in the UK on energy, science and sustainability, increasing their engagement with our sustainable schools programme by 20% by 2020.


Our performance in 2015

  • In 2015 our performance for employee volunteering levels  was 8.3% which is slightly behind target.
  • We offer all EDF Energy employees two days of work time a year for volunteering.
  • Offering our employees two days of company time a year to take part in our volunteering initiatives helps make a positive difference to the communities in which we operate.

Our programmes 

  • Our main programmes are Helping Hands volunteering and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) volunteering. 
  • In 2015, we moved our volunteering activities into Campus to enable all employees to follow the same volunteering process. We are committed to achieving our short and longer-term volunteering targets, so we are looking at other ways to promote our programmes.

The Pod

Our performance in 2015

The Pod our educational programme also met its target for engaging with schools with over 63% of UK schools registered.  
There are now 20,800 schools and groups registered on The Pod.
We delivered a campaign with the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) and included a range of new STEM resources; over 1,500 schools signed up to take part.

Our programmes

The Pod’s regular national campaigns continued included: Waste Week (March), Energy Month (November) and Science Into Schools (year-round).  Our partners include EcoSchools England, the Met Office, Wastebusters and Keep Scotland Beautiful.

We launched new campaigns:

  • What’s Under Your Feet?: a citizen science campaign to raise awareness of climate change, profile female science role models and give hands-on science experience to school children.
  • #PrettyCurious: a campaign encouraging girls into STEM careers.

The year ahead

We will raise awareness of our volunteering programmes to increase engagement from employees.

We will develop new Pod campaigns and materials after reviewing key performance measures, such as impact on teachers and students and favourability to EDF Energy.

Awards and achievements

We have a long track record in sustainability and responsible business which has been recognised and endorsed by many different organisations.


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Our community programmes

As an energy company, we have a responsibility to our customers, the environment and communities around us. Discover more about the programmes that we champion to make a positive difference to the world around us.