At AGL we are very aware of our responsibility to the community and the environment as well as our customers and shareholders.
The AGL Customer Charter outlines what you can expect as our customer. It is also a benchmark against which we measure our service to you. Our mutual rights and obligations are covered by your General Terms as well as specific regulations and codes.
At AGL we have four central promises that we make to all our residential and business customers:
And you can be sure these are not just empty promises. We will measure our ability to deliver against them and publish the results in our annual Sustainability Report as well as here on the AGL website.
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AGL recognises the need to balance the demand for reliable energy with a responsibility to preserve our environment. An overview of our environmental policies is available in our Sustainability Report. AGL Green Choice allows businesses to take positive action to reduce the impact of their energy usage on the environment.
AGL is committed to working with the community in a number of ways. We believe our success is shaped and measured not only by the financial outcomes of what we do, but by the social and environmental impact our decisions and actions have on the wider community.
AGL has clear goals to understand and ease community concerns, identify and manage project risks, and find opportunities for community involvement in its projects. Most importantly, AGL is working on building trust within local communities so that they can identify the value that AGL brings, and understand the benefits and risks from AGL’s activities.
At AGL we’re committed to building a diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace culture. We recognise that by valuing diversity and inclusion we’ll have a better understanding of, and engagement with, the customers we serve, our employees, and the communities in which we operate. AGL’s Diversity & Inclusion Council oversees a comprehensive strategy to build inclusion and foster diversity in all its forms across AGL workplaces.
In late 2014, AGL was recognised as one of the inaugural recipients of the prestigious Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation, awarded by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency. This new citation supersedes the Employer of Choice for Women citation, which AGL held since 2012.
In 2013 AGL publicly committed to review its employment policies for LGBTI employees and subsequently implemented an LGBTI inclusion strategy in 2014. AGL was recognised for supporting its LGBTI employees in May 2015, when AGL was rated as one of the best performing first-time entrants to the Australian Workplace Equality Index, which is published annually by Pride in Diversity.
In September 2015, AGL’s Managing Director and CEO announced AGL’s support for marriage equality in Australia and stated “Given that approximately seven percent of our employees across our regional and metropolitan sites identify as LGBTI, our support for marriage equality helps foster an inclusive and open workplace which will drive higher levels of employee wellbeing and productivity,” said Mr Vesey. AGL’s position was strongly endorsed by AGL’s Board, management and LGBTI employee inclusion network, ‘AGL Shine’.
At AGL we have always been committed to upholding the highest standards of ethical conduct and transparency in relation to our political engagement.
While political donations from companies like AGL are not prohibited under legislation, we acknowledge the community perception that political donations may constitute undue influence from business on government. The trust of our customers, investors and stakeholders is vital to AGL.
In accordance with AGL’s Political Donations Policy, which was approved by the AGL Board in August 2015:
Prior to this Policy, AGL disclosed political donations in its annual Sustainability Report and to the Australian Electoral Commission and relevant state authorities. Our FY2014 Sustainability Report included a complete list of all political donations, including those that were below disclosure thresholds.
Political donations that AGL made in FY2015 were also proactively disclosed on our website.
We acknowledge that as an essential service provider, AGL has a responsibility to ensure it provides appropriate support to vulnerable members of the community. Life changes, the unexpected can happen and energy costs can cause stress in the household budget.
Consequently, in December 2014, AGL launched its Affordability Initiative after consultation with community and consumer group leaders. Our key commitments are:
Our commitments to provide meaningful support to our customers is being made to, and following consultation with: Brotherhood of St Laurence, Financial Counselling Australia, NSW Public Interest Advocacy Centre, Queensland Council of Social Service, St Vincent de Paul Society, Kildonan Uniting Care and South Australian Council of Social Service.
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