GRI Index

Key
safe
Fully met disclosure
caution
Partially met disclosure
danger
Did not meet disclosure
Strategy and Analysis
G4-1 Statement by the CEO safe
G4-2 Description of key impacts, risks and opportunities safe
Organizational Profile
G4-3 Name of the organization safe
G4-4 Primary brands, products and services safe
G4-5 Location of the organization’s headquarters safe
G4-6 Countries in which the company operates safe
G4-7 Nature of ownership and legal form safe
G4-8 Markets served safe
G4-9 Scale of the organization safe
G4-10 Workforce data safe
G4-11 Percentage of employees covered by collective bargaining agreements safe
G4-12 Description of the organization’s supply chain safe
G4-13 Significant changes in size, structure, ownership or supply chain
Not applicable to Xcel Energy in 2014
safe
G4-14 How the precautionary principle is addressed safe
G4-15 Externally developed economic, environmental and social charters
Xcel Energy is not party to externally developed charters
safe
G4-16 Memberships in associations safe
EU1 Installed capacity, broken down by primary energy source and by regulatory regime safe
EU2 Net energy output broken down by primary energy source and by regulatory regime safe
EU3 Number of residential, industrial, institutional and commercial customer accounts safe
EU4 Length of above and underground transmission and distribution lines by regulatory regime safe
EU5 Allocation of CO2 emissions allowances or equivalent, broken down by carbon trading framework
not applicable to Xcel Energy
danger
Identified Material Aspects and Boundaries
G4-17 Entities included in organization’s consolidated financial statements safe
G4-18 Process for defining report content and aspect boundaries safe
G4-19 Material aspects identified

Economic

  • Economic Performance,
  • Market Presence,
  • Indirect Economic Impact

Environmental

  • Water,
  • Biodiversity,
  • Emissions,
  • Effluents and Waste,
  • Compliance,
  • Overall,
  • Research and Development

Labor Practices

  • Employment,
  • Labor/Management Relations,
  • Occupational Health and Safety,
  • Training and Education,
  • Diversity and Equal Opportunity

Human Rights

  • Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining

Society

  • Local Communities,
  • Public Policy

Product Responsibility

  • Customer Health and Safety,
  • Customer Privacy

Sector Specific

  • Availability and Reliability,
  • Demand-side Management,
  • System Efficiency,
  • Disaster/Emergency Planning and Response
safe
G4-20 Boundaries within the organization for each material aspect safe
G4-21 Boundaries outside the organization for each material aspect safe
G4-22 Effect and reasons for any restatements of information from previous reports
Not applicable to Xcel Energy
safe
G4-23 Significant changes from previous reporting periods in scope and aspect boundaries
Not applicable to Xcel Energy
safe
Stakeholder Engagement
G4-24 Stakeholder groups engaged by the organization safe
G4-25 Identification and selection of stakeholders safe
G4-26 Approach to stakeholder engagement through ordinary interactions and through the materiality assessment for this report safe
G4-27 Key topics and concerns raised through stakeholder engagement through ordinary interactions and through the materiality assessment for this report safe
Report Profile
G4-28 Reporting period safe
G4-29 Date of most recent previous report safe
G4-30 Reporting cycle safe
G4-31 Contact point for questions regarding the report safe
G4-32 GRI ‘in accordance’ option, content index and external assurance report
Xcel Energy’s 2014 Corporate Responsibility Report does not have external assurance; however, our carbon dioxide reporting is third-party verified through participation in The Climate Registry. We also have not identified an ‘in accordance’ option with GRI guidelines.
caution
G4-33 Policy and practice with regard to seeking external assurance
Xcel Energy’s 2014 Corporate Responsibility Report does not have external assurance; however, our carbon dioxide reporting is third-party verified through participation in The Climate Registry.
danger
Governance
G4-34 Governance structure of the organization safe
G4-35 Process for delegating authority for economic, environmental and social topics safe
G4-36 Appointment of executive-level positions with responsibility for economic, environmental and social topics safe
G4-37 Processes for consultation between stakeholders and highest governance body on economic, environmental and social topics safe
G4-38 Composition of highest governance body and its committees safe
G4-39 Indicate whether chair of highest governance body is also an executive officer safe
G4-40 Nomination and selection processes for the highest governance body and its committees safe
G4-41 Process for avoiding conflicts of interest safe
G4-42 Highest governance body’s and senior executives’ involvement with value and mission statements, strategies, policies and goals related to economic, environmental and social impacts safe
G4-43 Measures taken to develop highest governance body’s knowledge of economic, environmental and social topics safe
G4-44 Evaluation of the highest governance body’s performance with respect to governance of economic, environmental and social topics safe
G4-45 Highest governance body’s role in identifying and managing economic, environmental and social impacts, risks and opportunities safe
G4-46 Highest governance body’s role in reviewing the effectiveness of the organization’s risk management processes for economic, environmental and social topics safe
G4-47 Frequency of highest governance body’s review of economic, environmental and social impacts, risks and opportunities caution
G4-48 Highest committee or position that formally reviews and approves the organization’s sustainability report (The Corporate Responsibility Report is reviewed and approved by multiple executive leaders) caution
G4-49 Process for communicating critical concerns to the highest governance body safe
G4-50 Nature and total number of critical concerns that were communicated to the highest governance body danger
G4-51 Remuneration policies for the highest governance body and senior executives safe
G4-52 Processes for determining remuneration safe
G4-53 How stakeholder’s views are sought and taken into account regarding remuneration caution
G4-54 Ratio of the annual total compensation for the organization’s highest-paid individual to the median total compensation for all employees danger
G4-55 Ratio of percentage increase in annual total compensation for the organization’s highest-paid individual to the median percentage increase in annual total compensation for all employees danger
Ethics and Integrity
G4-56 Organization’s values, principles, standards and norms of behavior such as codes of conduct safe
G4-57 Internal and external mechanisms for seeking advice on ethical and lawful behavior safe
G4-58 Internal and external mechanisms for reporting concerns about unethical or unlawful behavior safe
Aspect: Economic Performance
G4-DMA Generic disclosures on management approach safe
G4-EC1 Direct economic value generated and distributed safe
G4-EC2 Financial implications and other risks and opportunities for the organization's activities due to climate change safe
G4-EC3 Coverage of the organization's defined benefit plan obligations safe
G4-EC4 Financial assistance received from government danger
Aspect: Market Presence
G4-DMA Generic disclosures on management approach
G4-EC5 Ratios of standard entry level wage by gender compared to local minimum wage at significant locations of operation danger
G4-EC6 Proportion of senior management hired from the local community at significant locations of operation danger
Aspect: Indirect Economic Impacts
G4-DMA Generic disclosures on management approach safe
G4-EC7 Development and impact of infrastructure investments and services supported safe
G4-EC8 Significant indirect economic impacts, including the extent of impacts safe
Aspect: Procurement Practices
G4-DMA Generic disclosures on management approach safe
G4-EC9 Proportion of spending on local suppliers at significant locations of operation safe
Aspect: Availability and Reliability
G4-DMA Generic disclosures on management approach safe
EU10 Planned capacity against projected electricity demand over the long term, broken down by energy source and regulatory regime caution
Aspect: Demand-Side Management
G4-DMA Generic disclosures on management approach safe
Aspect: Research and Development
G4-DMA Generic disclosures on management approach safe
Aspect: Plant Decommissioning
G4-DMA Generic disclosures on management approach for plant decommissioning including nuclear plant decommissioning safe
Aspect: System Efficiency
EU11 Average generation efficiency of thermal plants by energy source and by regulatory regime danger
EU12 Transmission and distribution losses as a percentage of total energy
Transmission and distribution losses associated with Xcel Energy’s transmission and distribution systems are calculated to be 3.22% in accordance with the The Climate Registry’s Electric Power Sector Protocol using method EI-01
safe
Aspect: Materials
G4-DMA Generic disclosures on management approach danger
G4-EN1 Materials used by weight or volume danger
G4-EN2 Percentage of materials used that are recycled input materials danger
Aspect: Energy
G4-DMA Generic disclosures on management approach danger
G4-EN3 Energy consumption within the organization danger
G4-EN4 Energy consumption outside of the organization caution
G4-EN5 Energy intensity danger
G4-EN6 Reduction of energy consumption caution
G4-EN7 Reductions in energy requirements of products and services caution
Aspect: Water
G4-DMA Generic disclosures on management approach safe
G4-EN8 Total water withdrawal by source safe
G4-EN9 Water sources significantly affected by withdrawal of water safe
G4-EN10 Percentage and total volume of water recycled and reused safe
Aspect: Biodiversity
G4-DMA Generic disclosures on management approach safe
G4-EN11 Operational sites owned, leased, managed in, or adjacent to, protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas caution
G4-EN12 Description of significant impacts of activities, products, and services on biodiversity in protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas safe
G4-EN13 Habitats protected or restored caution
G4-EN14 Total number of IUCN Red List species and national conservation list species with habitats in areas affected by operations, by level of extinction risk caution
EU13 Biodiversity of offset habitats compared to the biodiversity of the affected areas caution
Aspect: Emissions
G4-DMA Generic disclosures on management approach safe
G4-EN15 Direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
Reporting Year 2014
  Consolidation Boundary
Label Scope Description Equity Share(Metric Tones) Operational Control (Metric Tones)
Biogenic Emissions 1 Biogenic Emissions 481,646 481,646
Direct Emissions 1 Direct Emissions: Scope 1 52,982,825 57,111,763
Indirect Emissions 2 Indirect Emissions: Scope 2 601,656 601,656
Optional Emissions 3 - 3 Optional Emissions: Scope 3 Category 3 10,911,302 10,911,302
Optional Emissions 3 - 6 Optional Emissions: Scope 3 Category 6 6,246 6,246
Optional Emissions 3 - 7 Optional Emissions: Scope 3 Category 7 24,231 24,231
For 2014 EPA required 40 CFR §98 Mandatory Reporting Rule submissions to utilize GWPs from AR4. For all sources of GHG emisisons Xcel Energy uses SAR GWPs for emission years 2005-2012, and AR4 for 2013-14.
safe
G4-EN16 Energy indirect greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Scope 2)
See G4-EN15
safe
G4-EN17 Other indirect greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Scope 3)
See G4-EN15
safe
G4-EN18 Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity safe
G4-EN19 Reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions safe
G4-EN20 Emissions of ozone-depleting substances (ODS) danger
G4-EN21 NOX, SOX, and other significant air emissions safe
Aspect: Effluents and Waste
G4-DMA Generic disclosures on management approach safe
G4-EN22 Total water discharge by quality and destination caution
G4-EN23 Total weight of waste by type and disposal method safe
G4-EN24 Total number and volume of significant spills caution
G4-EN25 Weight of transported, imported, exported, or treated waste deemed hazardous under the terms of the Basel Convention Annex I, II, III, and VIII, and percentage of transported waste shipped internationally safe
G4-EN26 Identity, size, protected status, and biodiversity value of water bodies and related habitats significantly affected by the organization's discharges of water and runoff caution
Aspect: Products and Services
G4-DMA Generic disclosures on management approach safe
G4-EN27 Extent of impact mitigation of environmental impacts of products and services safe
G4-EN28 Percentage of products sold and their packaging materials that are reclaimed by category
Not applicable to Xcel Energy
safe
Aspect: Compliance
G4-DMA Generic disclosures on management approach safe
G4-EN29 Monetary value of significant fines and total number of non-monetary sanctions for non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations safe
Aspect: Transport
G4-DMA Generic disclosures on management approach danger
G4-EN30 Significant environmental impacts of transporting products and other goods and materials for the organization's operations, and transporting members of the workforce danger
Aspect: Overall
G4-DMA Generic disclosures on management approach safe
G4-EN31 Total environmental protection expenditures and investments by type safe
Aspect: Supplier Environmental Assessment
G4-DMA Generic disclosures on management approach caution
G4-EN32 Percentage of new suppliers that were screened using environmental criteria caution
G4-EN33 Significant actual and potential negative environmental impacts in the supply chain and actions taken caution
Aspect: Environmental Grievance Mechanisms
G4-DMA Generic disclosures on management approach danger
G4-EN34 Number of grievances about environmental impacts filed, addressed, and resolved through formal grievance mechanisms danger
Labor Standards and Decent Work
Aspect: Employment
G4-DMA Generic disclosures on management approach safe
G4-LA1 Total number and rates of new employee hires and employee turnover by age group, gender and region caution
G4-LA2 Benefits provided to full-time employees that are not provided to temporary or part-time employees, by significant locations of operation safe
G4-LA3 Return to work and retention rates after parental leave, by gender danger
EU15 Percentage of employees eligible to retire in the next 5 and 10 years broken down by job category and by region safe
EU17 Days worked by contractor and subcontractor employees involved in construction, operation and maintenance activities safe
EU18 Percentage of contractor and subcontractor employees that have undergone relevant health and safety training safe
Aspect: Labor/Management Relations
G4-DMA Generic disclosures on management approach safe
G4-LA4 Minimum notice periods regarding operational changes, including whether these are specified in collective agreements danger
Aspect: Occupational Health and Safety
G4-DMA Generic disclosures on management approach safe
G4-LA5 Percentage of total workforce represented in formal joint management-worker health and safety committees that help monitor and advise on occupational health and safety programs caution
G4-LA6 Type of injury and rates of injury, occupational diseases, lost days, and absenteeism, and total number of work-related fatalities, by region and by gender caution
G4-LA7 Workers with high incidence or high risk of diseases related to their occupation danger
G4-LA8 Health and safety topics covered in formal agreements with trade unions caution
Aspect: Training and Education
G4-DMA Generic disclosures on management approach safe
G4-LA9 Average hours of training per year per employee by gender, and by employee category caution
G4-LA10 Programs for skills management and lifelong learning that support the continued employability of employees and assist them in managing career endings caution
G4-LA11 Percentage of employees receiving regular performance and career development reviews, by gender and by employee category caution
Aspect: Diversity and Equal Opportunity
G4-DMA Generic disclosures on management approach safe
G4-LA12 Composition of governance bodies and breakdown of employees per employee category according to gender, age group, minority group membership, and other indicators of diversity caution
Aspect: Equal Remuneration for Women and Men
G4-DMA Generic disclosures on management approach danger
G4-LA13 Ratio of basic salary and remuneration of women to men by employee category, by significant locations of operation danger
Aspect: Supplier Assessment for Labor Practices
G4-DMA Generic disclosures on management approach safe
G4-LA14 Percentage of new suppliers that were screened using labor practices criteria safe
G4-LA15 Significant actual and potential negative impacts for labor practices in the supply chain and actions taken caution
Aspect: Labor Practices Grievance Mechanisms
G4-DMA Generic disclosures on management approach safe
G4-LA16 Number of grievances about filed, addressed, and resolved through formal grievance mechanisms danger
Human Rights
Aspect: Investment
G4-DMA Generic disclosures on management approach safe
G4-HR1 Total number and percentage of significant investment agreements and contracts that include human rights clauses or that underwent human rights screening danger
G4-HR2 Total hours of employee training on human rights policies or procedures concerning aspects of human rights that are relevant to operations, including the percentage of employees trained caution
Aspect: Non-discrimination
G4-DMA Generic disclosures on management approach safe
G4-HR3 Total number of incidents of discrimination and corrective actions taken danger
Aspect: Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining
G4-DMA Generic disclosures on management approach safe
G4-HR4 Operations and suppliers identified in which the right to exercise freedom of association and collective bargaining may be violated or at significant risk, and measures taken to support these rights
For Xcel Energy operations the right to exercise freedom of association and collective bargaining is not at risk. We use Dunn & Bradstreet services to monitor our suppliers for reported legal violations, but do not actively monitor risks related to suppliers.
caution
Aspect: Child Labor
G4-DMA Generic disclosures on management approach
Not applicable to our operations
danger
G4-HR5 Operations and suppliers identified as having significant risk for incidents of child labor, and measures taken to contribute to the effective abolition of child labor
For Xcel Energy operations the right to exercise freedom of association and collective bargaining is not at risk. We use Dunn & Bradstreet services to monitor our suppliers for reported legal violations, but do not actively monitor risks related to suppliers.
caution
Aspect: Forced or Compulsory Labor
G4-DMA Generic disclosures on management approach danger
G4-HR6 Operations and suppliers identified as having significant risk for incidents of forced or compulsory labor, and measures to contribute to the elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labor
For Xcel Energy operations the right to exercise freedom of association and collective bargaining is not at risk. We use Dunn & Bradstreet services to monitor our suppliers for reported legal violations, but do not actively monitor risks related to suppliers.
caution
Aspect: Security Practices
G4-DMA Generic disclosures on management approach safe
G4-HR7 Percentage of security personnel trained in the organization's human rights policies or procedures that are relevant to operations
All Xcel Energy security personnel undergo annual Code of Conduct training
safe
Aspect: Indigenous Rights
G4-DMA Generic disclosures on management approach danger
G4-HR8 Total number of incidents of violations involving rights of indigenous peoples and actions taken danger
Aspect: Assessment
G4-DMA Generic disclosures on management approach danger
G4-HR9 Total number and percentage of operations that have been subject to human rights reviews or impact assessments danger
Aspect: Supplier Human Rights Assessment
G4-DMA Generic disclosures on management approach safe
G4-HR10 Percentage of new suppliers that were screened using human rights criteria safe
G4-HR11 Significant actual and potential negative human rights impacts in the supply chain and actions taken safe
Aspect: Human Rights Grievance Mechanisms
G4-DMA Generic disclosures on management approach safe
G4-HR12 Number of grievances about human rights impacts filed, addressed, and resolved through formal grievance mechanisms danger
Society
Aspect: Local Communities
G4-DMA Generic disclosures on management approach safe
G4-SO1 Percentage of operations with implemented local community engagement, impact assessments, and development programs caution
G4-SO2 Operations with significant actual and potential negative impacts on local communities danger
EU22 Number of people physically or economically displaced and compensation, broken down by type or project danger
Aspect: Anti-corruption
G4-DMA Generic disclosures on management approach safe
G4-SO3 Total number and percentage of operations assessed for risks related to corruption and the significant risks identified caution
G4-SO4 Communication and training on anti-corruption policies and procedures safe
G4-SO5 Confirmed incidents of corruption and actions taken danger
Aspect: Disaster/Emergency Planning and Response
G4-DMA Contingency planning measures, disaster/emergency management plan and training programs, and recovery restoration plans safe
Aspect: Public Policy
G4-DMA Generic disclosures on management approach
We discuss the impact of and our approach to public policy in several areas of this and other public reports, including the Risk Factors section of the Form 10 K and the Environmental Policy and Employee Engagement sections of this report.
safe
G4-SO6 Total value of political contributions by country and recipient/beneficiary safe
Aspect: Anti-competitive Behavior
G4-DMA Generic disclosures on management approach safe
G4-SO7 Total number of legal actions for anti-competitive behavior, anti-trust, and monopoly practices and their outcomes danger
Aspect: Compliance
G4-DMA Generic disclosures on management approach caution
G4-SO8 Monetary value of significant fines and total number of non-monetary sanctions for non-compliance with laws and regulations caution
Aspect: Supplier Assessment for Impacts on Society
G4-DMA Generic disclosures on management approach safe
G4-SO9 Percentage of new suppliers that were screened using criteria for impacts on society caution
G4-SO10 Significant actual and potential negative impacts on society in the supply chain and actions taken danger
Aspect: Grievance Mechanisms for Impacts on Society
G4-DMA Generic disclosures on management approach/td> danger
G4-SO11 Number of grievances about impacts on society filed, addressed, and resolved through formal grievance mechanisms danger
Product Responsibility
Aspect: Customer Health and Safety
G4-DMA Generic disclosures on management approach safe
G4-PR1 Percentage of significant product and service categories for which health and safety impacts are assessed for improvement caution
G4-PR2 Total number of incidents of non-compliance with regulations and voluntary codes concerning the health and safety impacts of products and services during their life cycle, by type of outcomes danger
EU25 Number of injuries and fatalities to the public involving company assets including legal judgments, settlements and pending legal cases of diseases danger
Aspect: Product and Service Labeling
G4-DMA Generic disclosures on management approach safe
G4-PR3 Type of product and service information required by the organization's procedures for product and service information and labeling, and percentage of significant product and service categories subject to such information danger
G4-PR4 Total number of incidents of non-compliance with regulations and voluntary codes concerning product and service information and labeling, by type of outcomes danger
G4-PR5 Results of surveys measuring customer satisfaction safe
Aspect: Marketing Communications
G4-DMA Generic disclosures on management approach safe
G4-PR6 Sale of banned or disputed products (Xcel Energy does not sell any disputed products)
Not applicable to Xcel Energy
safe
G4-PR7 Total number of incidents of non-compliance with regulations and voluntary codes concerning marketing communications, including advertising, promotion, and sponsorship, by type of outcomes danger
Aspect: Customer Privacy
G4-DMA Generic disclosures on management approach safe
G4-PR8 Total number of substantiated complaints regarding breaches of customer privacy and losses of customer data safe
Aspect: Compliance
G4-DMA Generic disclosures on management approach danger
G4-PR9 Monetary value of significant fines for non-compliance with laws and regulations concerning the provision and use of products and services danger
Aspect: Access
G4-DMA Generic disclosures on management approach safe
EU26 Percentage of population unserved in licensed distribution of service areas danger
EU27 Number of residential disconnections for non-payment, broken down by duration of disconnection and by regulatory regime caution
EU28 Power outage frequency safe
EU29 Average power outage duration safe
EU30 Average plant availability factor by energy source and by regulatory regime caution
Aspect: Provision of Information
G4-DMA Generic disclosures on management approach caution