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    Fairer Opportunities

    Where the potential to thrive is inclusive, within Cadent, our supply chain and our communities

    We believe that for us to thrive, everyone needs to thrive.

    Being a responsible business with ethical practices is paramount to our ethos, and ultimately our success. We are at heart a local business, rooted in communities, people, and their skills. To help create fairer opportunities in our regions, we hold ourselves, and the organisations we work closely with, up to the highest possible standards in how we recruit, support, and reward our employees.

    This helps to ensure that we are fair and honourable employers, paying the real living wage; with equality, diversity and inclusion thoroughly embedded into our organisations. We are committed to making opportunities fairer for people who are disadvantaged by their location, background, economic situation, current skill set or employment history, to create a more diverse workforce that represents the communities we serve. The transition to a greener economy will require new skills across a wide range of disciplines and it’s a real chance for people of all ages to have fulfilling, well-paid careers. We aim to make these job opportunities visible, accessible, inspiring, and achievable to the broadest range of people. This includes working with the most disadvantaged and socially immobile communities in our networks, to proactively help them gain meaningful employment in the energy sector.

    Our Fairer Opportunities goals

    • By 2026, we will ensure that Cadent and 100% of our local delivery partners, deliver best practice standards on equality, diversity, inclusion, and fair pay
    • By 2030, we will inspire 100,000 people from underrepresented and disadvantaged groups to gain access to career opportunities in the energy sector

    Additional commitments

    • By 2024, we will launch a hydrogen skills academy and develop a hydrogen education programme
    • By 2025, over 30% of our training will be delivered through social learning and digital solution, helping to support a wider range of learning styles and needs
    • By 2026, 50% of our leadership team will be female
    • By 2030, 14% of our workforce will be ethnic minorities

    Sustainable Development Goals

        

    We Are Contributing Towards

    Sustainability
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    Creating an environment where everyone can thrive

    We have five employee communities that help us to identify and address challenges facing employees from disadvantaged and underrepresented groups. Each community has an established committee, sponsored by a member of the executive leadership team. The role of the communities is to support effective change across the organisation, including:

    • Signing the Social Mobility Pledge, representing a powerful shift towards being a truly purpose-led organisation committed to social mobility. The three key elements of the Pledge are: outreach, access and recruitment.
    • Achieving Disability Confident Level 2 status and continue to work on integrating inclusive practices and environments for people with disabilities.
    • Becoming the first gas distribution network to sign up to the Race at Work Charter, an initiative designed to improve outcomes for Black, Asian, Mixed Race and minority ethnic employees in the UK, making positive progress against the seven key actions.
    • Becoming signatories of the Armed Forces Covenant and achieving the Ministry of Defence’s Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award in October 2021 in recognition of our commitment to supporting members of the armed forces.
    • Signing the Youth Friendly Employer pledge, the BAME Apprentice Alliance Pledge and Employers Domestic Abuse Covenant.
    • Being active members of the women in utilities Network and partners of the Womens Engineering Society.

    Women in Cadent

    Creating a network of colleagues from across our business, who are all committed to creating equality and supporting women’s professional and personal development.

    Embrace

    Creating a network of colleagues from across our business, who are all committed to creating equality and supporting women’s professional and personal development.

    Cadent Military Community

    Creating a network of colleagues from across our business, who are all committed to creating equality and supporting women’s professional and personal development.

    Pride at Work

    Creating a network of colleagues from across our business, who are all committed to creating equality and supporting women’s professional and personal development.

    Thrive!

    Creating a network of colleagues from across our business, who are all committed to creating equality and supporting women’s professional and personal development.

    Working together to end homelessness

    In January 2022 we partnered with Emmaus UK, an adult homelessness charity and social enterprise. The charity supports individuals experiencing homelessness by providing wellbeing support, meaningful work experience and training, and a home for as long as someone may need it. Through partnering with Emmaus UK, we are building on the close alignment with our purpose, values and social impact ambitions to provide more people with warm homes, accelerated access to careers in the energy sector and sustainable futures.

    400K

    We aim to raise over £400,000 for Emmaus UK and we will encourage employees to champion the partnership by enhancing their knowledge of homelessness and providing vital support through fundraising, volunteering, and sharing expertise on energy efficiency, employability skills and tackling climate change.

    What are we doing?


    Electric vehicles
    Ansty HQ Development
    Military Community Gold Award
    Hydrogen awareness
    Eliminating Waste
    Biodiversity - Site Husbandry
    Warm Hubs and Centres for Warmth
    Race at Work Charter
    Priority Services Register
    Carbon Monoxide Awareness
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