Responsible Business

ENGIE has established a new Responsible Business Charter and independent Scrutiny Board in the UK, further underlining the company’s commitment to operate to the highest economic, social and environmental standards whilst building Public Trust. The Charter supports our company purpose to improve lives through better working and living environments. 

The Responsible Business Charter ensures transparency and accountability on critical issues including, speed of supplier payments, pension obligations, environmental and social responsibility, living wage, diversity and inclusion. Uniquely, ENGIE will be held to account for the effective delivery of its Charter by an independent Scrutiny Board. The Board will be by the Centre for Public Scrutiny – a national charity which supports scrutiny excellence in the public and private sectors. It will report publicly in an annual report.

The newly established independent Scrutiny Board, Chaired by Lord Bob Kerslake and comprising Sir Mike Rake, Joan MacNaughton, Lord Victor Adebowale, Jane Ramsey, and Baroness Jeannie Drake.

Responsible Business Charter Summary

Our Scrutiny Board Members:

Lord Bob Kerslake (Chair)

Lord Kerslake was Permanent Secretary of the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) from November 2010 until he stepped down in February 2015 and was Head of the Civil Service from 2012 to 2014. Before joining the Civil Service, he received a knighthood for his services to local government, spending eight years serving the London Borough of Hounslow and then a further 11 years leading Sheffield Council. Lord Kerslake is President of the Local Government Association and brings extensive UK local government and communities experience.

Sir Mike Rake

Sir Mike Rake is the former Chairman of BT Group, a Director of S&P Global and also Chairman of both Worldpay plc and Majid Al Futtaim Holdings. Sir Michael was President of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) from 2013 to 2015; a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group from 2010-2015; Non-Executive Director of Barclays between 2008 and 2015 (deputy Chairman from 2012); Chairman of easyJet from 2010-2013. Sir Michael also had a long career with KPMG and was international Chairman between 2002 and 2007. He brings to the Board extensive financial and commercial expertise, as well as significant experience in technology and digital.

Joan MacNaughton, CB HonFEI (Lady Jeffrey)

Joan MacNaughton is currently Chair of The Climate Group and of the Advisory Board of the New Energy Coalition of Europe. She is a Non-Executive Director the Energy Savings Trust and a member of several other Advisory Boards including ENGIE UK, Grantham Institute at Imperial College and UCL. Joan is also a founding Board Member of Powerful Women, which aims to increase the number of senior women in the energy sector. From 2010 to 2016, Joan was Executive Chair of the Energy Trilemma and is now Honorary Chair. In Government until 2007, Joan held a wide range of positions including as Chief of Staff to the Deputy Prime Minister to Prime Minister Thatcher and as Director General of Energy, playing a key role in shaping UK and international energy policy. In 2006 she was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath by HM The Queen. She is married to Sir Bill Jeffrey, and is also known as Lady Jeffrey.

Lord Victor Adebowale

Lord Victor Adebowale is Chief Executive of the social care enterprise Turning Point, President of the International Association of Philosophy and Psychiatry and President of the Community Practitioners and Health Visitors Association. Victor is also Chancellor at the University of Lincoln, a commissioner for the UK Commission for Employment and Skills and sits on the National Quality Board (DH). He is an associate of the Cambridge University Judge Business School, and Birmingham University Centre for Health Service Management. He is also Director at Leadership in Mind Ltd. and a member of the NHS Future Forum. Victor has been involved in a number of taskforce groups, advising the government on mental health, learning disability and the role of the voluntary sector, and brings expertise on various issues relating to health, social care and public policy.

Jane Ramsey

Jane took up her post on the Committee on Standards in Public Life on 1 September 2016 for a five-year term. Jane is currently Chair of Young Epilepsy and Chair of the Children and Young People Steering Group for Transforming Care, NHS England. She was previously Chair of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. She joined the Trust in November 2012 from University College London Hospitals (UCLH) where she was Vice Chair. She has previously served on the Council of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, the Department of Health Audit and Risk Committee, chaired a local Housing Association and has been Head of Law for two London boroughs. She also served on the Independent Commission into regeneration and wealth creation in non-Metropolitan areas established by the Local Government Association.

Baroness Drake CBE

Jeannie Drake is a Labour peer appointed to the House of Lords in 2010. She was previously a senior trade union official; President of the TUC; a Commissioner of both the Equal Opportunities Commission and the Equality and Human Rights Commission and a lay member of the Employment Appeal Tribunal. She was a member of the Turner Pensions Commission and the inaugural Board of the Pension Protection Fund. Jeannie’s current roles include being on the Board of the Pensions Advisory Service, an independent member of the Private Equity Reporting Group and a trustee of the Telefonica UK pension scheme.

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