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A POSITIVE FORCE

Ventient exists to achieve one overriding goal. We aim to generate renewable energy and secure the future of people and the planet. But our purpose goes wider and deeper. We strive to be a positive force to the communities we work in, and to society in general.

We aim to maintain an open and transparent relationship with all of our stakeholders, and we encourage our communities to reach out to us should they have any query about how we support them.

We work in four key areas, chosen to reflect our company values.

  • Equal opportunities and gender equality
  • Climate change awareness
  • Business performance and innovation
  • Quality education

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INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION

GRESB Sector Leader Awards: Recognizing our efforts, Ventient Energy retained its five-star rating and in 2020 has been named Asset Sector Leader within Wind Power Generation as well as Overall Asset Sector Leader within Renewable Power.

The GRESB Sector Leader Awards Program recognizes real estate and infrastructure companies, funds and assets that have demonstrated outstanding leadership in sustainability.

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ENVIRONMENTAL

Sustainability is our goal. Alongside our core work to generate more renewables, we’re constantly looking for ways to reduce the environmental impact of our daily activities.

Every drop counts

We’re making water go further on our sites. In 2019 we trialled a filter system, allowing us to collect rainwater and make it drinkable. Besides cutting water consumption, this will improve our impact on CO2 emissions, by minimising road delivery of drinking water. So far, 60% of our UK sites are harvesting rainwater. We’re looking to extend the trial to our sites across Europe.

Less fuel, less plastic

The entire car fleets of the teams looking after our assets in Spain, France and Belgium are all-electric – minimising CO2 emissions. All Ventient offices have banned single-use plastic, our kitchens are equipped to avoid generating plastic waste and we partner with local catering companies that allow us to send back any plastic container for re-use.

Going with the Flow

Our aim is to be a good neighbour not just to people who live near our sites but to the incredibly diverse variety of wildlife that shares our planet. While wind energy is a beacon of hope as humanity transitions from its reliance on carbon-based fuels, it’s also clear from a recently concluded fifteen-year environmental study at our Causeymire wind farm that the turbines required to harness the wind can comfortably co-exist in an environment that positively encourages biodiversity.

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Our social commitment

Ventient plays an active part in our windfarms’ local communities. We also support national initiatives that chime with our values, through donations and our teams’ voluntary work.

Stronger communities

Report Scheme
For us safety is a duty towards people. We are committed to create a healthy and safe environment for our people, our partners and our communities. That’s why we have created the Safety Report Scheme. Our team and partners are called to consistently and carefully assess health and safety throughout all their operations. Any detection of a health and safety improvement need is reported back. Each report becomes a donation to our chosen charities.

Community Benefit Fund
In 2019 we contributed over £1.7m to local initiatives. The funds helped to improve services and facilities for people in 35 local communities, and contributed to environmental, cultural and educational activities.

Local Support
During the covid-19 pandemic, we also supported local food banks with donations for vulnerable people and those who were self-isolating.

‘I am bowled over. I haven’t been able to get a supermarket delivery slot so I am really grateful.’
Jean

‘Thank you very much – I can’t get out due to the virus and I’m ever so pleased – it’s lovely.’
Reg

Causes we champion

We believe that everyone should have the same opportunities. We are aware that sometimes people with difficult background and disabilities are left behind and struggle to be given the chance to become who they want.

That’s why this year we’re proud to support Lightyear Foundation in its amazing work: breaking down barriers to enable disabled children to discover science, technology, engineering and maths subjects.

We also support the fantastic efforts of Changing Lives. Like us, this charity believes that anyone can change their life for the better, given the right support. By focusing on their strengths and potential, Changing Lives helps more than 14,000 people every year to live safely, successfully and independently.

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GOVERNANCE

As a large private company with entities across continental Europe, we have chosen to align our governance practices with The X Principles of Corporate Governance of the Luxembourg Stock Exchange (the LSE Principles).

  1. The Company shall adopt a clear and transparent corporate governance framework for which it shall provide adequate disclosure. Read more...
  1. The board shall be responsible for the management of the Company. As a collective body, it shall act in the corporate interest, and shall serve the Shareholder by ensuring the long-term success of the Company. They shall consider corporate social responsibility aspects and shall take into account the interests of all stakeholders in their deliberations. The Board shall regularly evaluate the way in which it operates and its relations with the management. Read more...
  1. The Board shall be composed of competent, honest, and qualified persons. The choice of those persons shall take account of the specific features of the company. The Board shall establish the special committees necessary for the proper execution of its remit. Read more...
  1. The Company shall establish a formal procedure for the appointment of members of the Board. Read more...
  1. The directors must exercise the mandate with integrity and commitment. Each shall represent the Shareholder, and shall make decisions in the Company’s interest, and independently of any conflict of interest. Read more...
  1. The Board shall set up a body responsible for the effective executive management of its business. It shall clearly define the assignments and duties of the ELT and shall delegate to it the powers required for the proper discharge thereof. Read more...
  1. The Company shall establish a fair remuneration policy for its directors and the ELT that is compatible with the long-term interests of the company. Read more...
  1. The Board shall establish strict rules designed to protect the company’s interests in the areas of financial reporting, internal control and risk management. Read more...
  1. The Company shall define its corporate social responsibility policy with respect, including to it those responsibilities related to social and environmental aspects. It shall set out the measures taken for its implementation of that policy and shall provide for these to be adequately published. Read more...
  1. The Company shall respect the rights of its shareholders and shall ensure that they receive equal treatment. The Company shall define a policy of active communication with its shareholders and shall establish a related structured set of practices. Read more...

Through our Whistleblowing procedure, Ventient Energy maintains a reporting hotline to report suspected unethical, illegal or unsafe behaviour. The reporting hotline can be accessed at wrs.expolink.co.uk/ventientenergy.

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Ventient Energy’s group companies comply with standards equivalent to those set out in the policies.


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People are key to our success and we foster a high-performing, team focused way of thinking.