firstname.lastname@example.org (X) | 21.03.2012 16:55
Greenwash electricity provider Good Energy have stated that their subcontractor, G4S, who murdered Jimmy Mubenga, fir their "Corporate Social Responsibility".
Thank you for writing to us and raising the issue of G4S's (Group 4 Security's) ethics.
You may know that we worked with AccuRead for many years before they were acquired by G4S in 2008 and became G4S Utility Services. AccuRead provided our customers with an effective and efficient meter reading service for a long time, and in fact many of the same team are in place supporting Good Energy now.
We continually review our options for our metering service needs, however there are real restrictions on smaller suppliers like us. For example there are only a small number of independent metering service companies
available in the UK and it is proving difficult to identify a metering agent that would be able to provide a national data collection service in the same way that G4S Utility Services does at the moment. And while many
of the independent agencies will not offer a national service, many others are price prohibitive.
Over the next few years there will be a gradual transition to smart metering which will reduce the need for meter readers in person. Within this process Good Energy will be re-tendering for all metering services
and it is possible that we will have a full change of the metering partners we work with. Throughout this process Good Energy will take into account the ethical and environmental performance of the companies we
choose to work with.
Overall, we believe that the transition to smart metering and the changes we'll go through as part of that process will address our customers' concerns regarding G4S, and your views will be part of the final decision
making of who our smart metering partners will be.
For your information, we believe that G4S Utilities take the concerns raised by our customers seriously. We have already raised these concerns with G4S and requested that they send us a copy of their Corporate Social Responsibility report, which they have done. They have also sent a letter to us addressing these concerns in detail which says: "We are totally committed to the welfare and safety of those in our care and have won many
awards for the quality of that care".
I hope that this goes some way towards explaining our current position regarding the use of G4S Utility Services. We would hope that you would be able to bear with Good Energy and continue to support us as we work
towards providing you with the best ethically responsible service possible.
Junior Sales Executive
Direct 01249 765545 / Main 0845 6011410
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Dear Good Energy,
I and my housemates are your customers, and we have been very glad to get our electricity from a company that supports sustainability and upholds ethical values on energy supply.
I am very concerned though to discover that you have employed G4S to read meters, as I recently found out when a man wearing a G4S badge came to the door of the house of some friends (also Good Energy customers) whilst I was visiting. G4S is the very opposite of an organisation based on ethical values. It is a global multinational that is active in the war machines in Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan. In Palestine, it provides "security" services and equipment to settlements in the occupied territories as well as being a contractor in Israeli prisons (http://www.whoprofits.org/content/case-g4s-private-security-companies-and-israeli-occupation).
Closer to home, G4S is involved in the private prison industry, and in the indefinite detention of migrants (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-13802163). G4S is also responsible for running the Government's "Cedars" detention centre for families and children (http://ecdn.org/). In October 2010 G4S guards killed Jimmy Mubenga, an Angolan man whom they were forcibly deporting (http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/mar/16/jimmy-mubenga-decision-due) A number of my own personal friends and other people I have met whilst doing
suport work for refugees have been attacked and beaten by G4S detention guards whilst in their custody in immigration "removal centres".
I would be really grateful if you could explain the involvement of G4S in working with Good Energy so that I can discuss this further with my housemates and with other friends who are Good Energy customers.
Original article on IMC Northern England: http://northern-indymedia.org/articles/2491