Build the best place to work - OVO Group

Target

Be the best company to work for in the UK

How we measure this may evolve over time, but for now this means being at the top of the UK’s Best Workplaces by 2030 as measured by the Great Place to Work programme.

OVO Approach

We aspire to create the UK’s best place to work in order for our people to better serve our customers and partner with them on their journey to zero carbon living.

Values-driven business

Our people are the best representation of OVO – they are the creators of our culture and act as our ambassadors. We aim to be more than a team of employees; we aim to be a community of talented, innovative and passionate individuals, working towards the same ambitious vision and goals, constantly challenging each other and OVO to do better and achieve more.

We have an agile, creative and entrepreneurial working environment.We don’t tell our people what to do; we empower them, giving them autonomy and freedom to find solutions, develop new ideas and make independent decisions that best deliver on our purpose and vision. Transparency and two way communication are key to this.

Everyone at OVO lives by the OVO Values.  Progress on our carbon reduction targets is now part of our performance evaluations and everyone needs to demonstrate how they live the OVO Values; in fact their bonus depends on it. We are incorporating Plan Zero and the OVO values into every interaction we have with our people, including our contracts, goals, values, training, and our reward and recognition.

Supporting our people

Our people are everything. We want OVO to be a supportive community where everyone at OVO feels they belong and has equal opportunities – wherever they’re from, whatever they believe, and however they live their lives. Our differences strengthen us, lead to new ways of doing things and help us meet the needs of all our customers. Our people are encouraged to own and lead their development journeys via the provision of OVO University, an Institute of Learning Management accredited centre.  We want to make sure everyone has a great OVO-life balance and try our best to support them. We offer flexible working hours, competitive parental benefits and we are a Living Wage employer.

Next Steps

Focus on making our people feel proud of OVO and active participants of our vision by developing further initiatives to engage our people in reducing their emissions both at home and at work.  For example, we are looking into offering incentives for our people to make low-carbon shifts, such as switching to electric vehicles.
Expand our actions on mental health and wellbeing to go beyond those outlined in the ‘Time to Change’ pledge.  This will include reviewing and updating policies to ensure that our work on mental health and wellbeing is appropriately reflected.
Increase the representation of women in Field Force, Tech and Director roles as outlined in our POWERful Women pledge by reviewing our hiring processes and ensuring we have a positive and inclusive working environment for women at OVO.
Strengthen the sense of belonging for all our people by creating and implementing two-year action plans for our eight inclusion and diversity areas, including age, gender, mental health and race and ethnicity.

Sustainable development goals

Plan Zero

The climate crisis is the single most important issue of our time. We are at a turning point in history: we all have a shared responsibility to take action. Plan Zero is our initial endeavour to set out what OVO’s actions must be.
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