Southern Water believes that lobbying is a normal and useful part of the process of legislation as long as it complies with all legal requirements.
It enables us to provide benefit to government and government organisations by sharing expertise built up in serving four million customers and looking after the environment over two decades.
It is also a legitimate opportunity for us to enhance our reputation and influence the development of public policy.
In common with all the policies that guide our engagement with stakeholders, this statement is an expression of our corporate values: to be open and honest; to be accountable; to focus on customers; to treat each others with respect; to act as one team; and to partner for best performance.
Among our stakeholders this statement may be of particular interest to the following groups:
|i)||local and national politicians and officials|
|ii)||regulators, industry associations, partners, and shareholders|
Government and other official bodies often seek the opinions and advice of Southern Water and Southern Water colleagues as experts in matters of public policy affecting the community and the environment.
Equally, there are occasions when it is right for the company to volunteer information and advice on matters of public interest in which it has recognised expertise.
In responding to such requests or taking such initiatives, colleagues will do everything to ensure that the company is not brought into disrepute.
This means always acting in accordance with the following guidance:
We are open and transparent in all engagement with politicians and government officials and we require our industry association to adhere to the same principles when carrying out such engagement on our behalf.
If we employ consultants to carry out work on our behalf that might involve liaison with politicians or government officials the standards set out in this statement apply equally to them.
We use all contacts with stakeholders on public policy issues as opportunities to seek feedback on our activities and operations to better serve and support our customers and communities.
We do not make donations to political parties.