An Investors In People organisation
Proving our commitment to our staff, we've been certified an Investors in People (IIP) organisation.
The award follows a tough, independent assessment based on staff feedback about how appreciated they feel, the standard of training and career progression offered, as well as looking for a culture of openness and trust.
“This accreditation is a great achievement for everyone," said John Murphy, South East Water’s Head of Human Resources. "It shows we have a fantastic team which is valued and the business is committed to setting the highest standards. Silver accreditation is the result of hard work and innovation across the business and demonstrates improvements we have made since we received Bronze accreditation in 2013.”
The developments include improved training opportunities, better internal communications and ensuring all employees and contractors receive the Living Wage - the sum above the minimum wage.
Proud to be a Living Wage employer
We're proud to be the first water company to receive accreditation from the Living Wage Foundation for paying its employees the Living Wage.
The Living Wage commitment will see everyone, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors and suppliers, receive a minimum hourly wage of £7.85 - significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.50.
The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK. Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public; it is a social consensus about what people need to make ends meet.
Paul Butler, Managing Director at South East Water, said: “Ensuring everyone who works for South East Water is paid fairly for what they do is something we care passionately about, whether that be our own employees or a third-party contractor."
A Water Industry Achievement Award Winner
On the back of our aim to be guardians of the environment and build close partnerships with farmers and landowners, we're delighted to hold the Water Industry Achievement Award for Water Resilience Initiative of the Year 2018.
We received the award for our 'Together we know h2ow' water and farming partnership, an initiative to to stop soils, fertiliser and pesticides washing from fields into rivers and groundwater resources. This prevents the expense of removing these substances at the water treatment works, and means farmers and landowners benefit by losing less of these substances to waste – saving money and time.
South East Water's Head of Environment, Emma Goddard said: “We are thrilled to have reached the finals in such a prestigious awards. This is a fantastic achievement in a key area for the company, and highlights the important work our team does within local communities to help protect the environment.”
Members of the team collect the Water Resilience Initiative of the Year award at the annual WIAA awards ceremony.
National Rushlight Award holder
NEP Surface Water Catchment Management Lead, Simon Lohrey (left) is pictured receiving the award on behalf of the company.
Our Catchment Team hold the prestigious Rushlight Sustainable Agriculture, Forestry and Biodiversity Award for their pioneering and innovative work with farmers and landowners.
James Seymour from Natural England said: “This project is an industry exemplar of how private and public sectors can work together, in partnership, and with the agricultural community to deliver more than just end-of-pipe solutions.”
South East Water’s Head of Environment, Emma Goddard, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have our pioneering work on metaldehyde recognised and acknowledged by winning this award. Engaging and collaborating with farmers has helped them appreciate the water environment and how we can all work together for mutual benefit.”
Utility Week Star Award winner
Joining forces with behavioural science experts Advizzo, we've been using behavioural economics and data analytics to empower our customers to better control the water they use, and therefore the bill they pay.
Customer Service Advisor Cally Smyth and Head of Water Resources Lee Dance with the coveted Utility Week Star Award.
This partnership has led us to receive Utility Week's Star Award 2017 for the category Data Demons.
Lee Dance, South East Water's Head of Water Resources said: "Our teams are working to transform how people understand their water consumption, which in turn helps us to engage with our customers and decrease operating costs. This award is great news and is testament to the hard work of everyone working on this project."