Safety is an important value at Xcel Energy. Just as we want our employees to work safely each day, we also want our customers to be aware of possible hazards and to respond safely to them. We provide comprehensive outreach programs to promote safe behavior among our customers, communities, emergency responders and third-party workers. Our goal is to prevent accidents that can result in serious injury or death, property damage and costly repairs or fines, and decreased service reliability. Most serious accidents happen because someone directly or indirectly contacts an overhead electric line, digs into an electric or natural gas line, or fails to respond safely to the warning signs of a gas or electric emergency.
We published our first corporate responsibility report (formerly known as the Triple Bottom Line report) in April 2005, with the contents covering the 2004 calendar year, and we have published a similar report in each following year. Our report is based on Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G3 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines, the most widely used sustainability reporting framework in the world. Additionally, we incorporate the GRI’s Electric Utilities Sector Supplement indicators wherever possible.