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April
2020
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11:25
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E.ON signs up to help nation through Covid-19 crisis

Michael Lewis, Chief Executive of E.ON UK
“We are working hard to make sure we can continue to help our millions of customers across the UK, keeping their homes warm and supplying the power they need to live their lives. That also means making sure we support all of our colleagues, whether they are working from home, serving customers from our call centres or remaining out in the field providing essential engineering and technical help to customers who may be vulnerable, elderly or on prepayment meters.”
Michael Lewis, Chief Executive of E.ON UK

E.ON has joined businesses from across the UK in an initiative to help Britain and its most vulnerable citizens through the coronavirus crisis.

It has teamed up with former Cabinet Minister Justine Greening as a signatory of the C-19 Business Pledge.

The national scheme encourages employers to join the coronavirus effort by pledging to help their employees, customers and communities across Britain get through the crisis.

It is targeting not just the immediate challenges of coronavirus, but also the challenges of recovery. It comes after Justine received a huge response from businesses and universities getting in touch with her through the existing Social Mobility Pledge, willing to be part of a national effort.

The initiative has now received the backing of employers representing over one million people, staff and students, throughout businesses and universities. As well as E.ON, they include BP, Barratt Developments, Everton Football Club, National Grid, DLA Piper, PwC, Standard Life Aberdeen, Persimmon Homes and Severn Trent Water.

Employers signing up to the pledge give their backing to three main objectives built around employees, customers and communities. They will not only help Britain through the immediate challenges of coronavirus, but also through its recovery.

  • Firstly, to support their own employees throughout and beyond this challenging time. For example, this could include practical support and advice on financial security, mental health, personal wellbeing as well as reintegration back into work for those who have experienced an extended period away from the workplace.

  • Secondly, to publish clear and simple advice for customers. Where possible they could have specialist teams dedicated to supporting customers if they are having problems, such as those facing repayment difficulties and vulnerable customers.

  • Thirdly, doing what they can to help communities in Britain through the epidemic. Over the coming months we are likely to see a sharp increase in isolation, loneliness, mental health and household financial issues in our communities across the country. There will be an increased need for communities to come together with practical support, such as food deliveries, collections and financial assistance for organisations that specialise in supporting vulnerable people.

Justine Greening said: “With the future of many employers hanging in the balance and incredibly tough times unfolding in sectors across the UK, businesses face many incredibly difficult decisions.

“But those organisations who are able to, can have a huge role in battling the impact of coronavirus and make a real difference in these uniquely challenging times.

“In spite of everything, lots of employers have already shown amazing initiative and commitment to helping people affected by coronavirus. The C-19 Business Pledge is all about encouraging as many businesses and universities as possible to get involved and then helping them do that faster and better by sharing all the great work that’s already been done. The early response has been incredible and I’ll do everything I can to help to connect up British business to play its role.”

“I’m very pleased to see E.ON making this commitment to help support the country through this crisis.”

Michael Lewis, Chief Executive of E.ON UK, added: The challenge we all face from this pandemic is entirely unprecedented and is our foremost concern.

“We are working hard to make sure we can continue to help our millions of customers across the UK, keeping their homes warm and supplying the power they need to live their lives. That also means making sure we support all of our colleagues, whether they are working from home, serving customers from our call centres or remaining out in the field providing essential engineering and technical help to customers who may be vulnerable, elderly or on prepayment meters.”

For more on the C-19 Business Pledge visit www.c19businesspledge.org

 

Notes to Editors

Founded by former cabinet minister, Rt Hon. Justine Greening, and entrepreneur David Harrison, the C-19 Business Pledge aims to harness the power of business as a force for good in tackling the Coronavirus epidemic.

The C-19 Business Pledge is driven by the Social Mobility Pledge - a campaign for businesses to be a force for good by delivering a level playing field on opportunity and boosting social mobility in the UK. The Social Mobility Pledge is a growing coalition of over 500 organisations; 450 businesses employing almost 4 million people across the UK, as well as over 50 UK universities representing over 1 million students.