Britain's Most Admired Companies: Top in sector - Utilities

Company name: Centrica

Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

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Address: Milstream, Maidenhead Road, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 5GD, UK

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Number of employees: 34,000

Company summary: Centrica is a leading integrated energy company with growing businesses in the UK and North America. We source, generate, process, trade and store energy to enable us to supply gas and electricity to millions of homes and businesses. We offer a distinctive range of home energy solutions and low-carbon products and services.

Company culture: We aim to foster a skilled, productive, motivated and diverse workforce by supporting skills development, promoting diversity and equal opportunities and providing regular opportunities for engagement.

Diversity, social responsibility: By creating an environment in which employees of all ages, ethnic minorities and backgrounds can flourish, we can better reflect the diverse customers and communities we serve. Our aim is to make a positive contribution through the way we operate and by investing in, and engaging with, communities where we operate.

Environment and sustainability: At Centrica, our vision is to be the most trusted energy company leading the move to a low carbon economy. We are committed to understanding, managing and reducing the environmental and ecological impacts of our activities through innovation, technology and cultural change.

Innovation: We are investing in innovative technologies to help secure affordable and low carbon energy supplies for our customers. This ranges from installing smart meters which enable households and businesses to monitor their energy use to developing the largest self-installing gas platform ever built, making it economic to capture gas from small fields in the North Sea.

Opportunities: We want to attract, recruit and retain the best people, and develop their skills and leadership potential. Maximising our people's capabilities will deliver our business strategies, provide the best service to customers and deliver value for stakeholders. We are currently recruiting more than 5,000 mostly green collar jobs, including roles in our energy efficiency business, installing insulation and smart meters.

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