Good Energy drops G4S
Good Energy has released a statement to confirm that it has completed the transfer of its meter reading service from G4S to another company.
Good Energy has made the switch in response to a number of complaints from customers over partnering with G4S, a company with a track record of unethical practice and allegations of serious human rights abuses.
Recently War On Want accused G4S over links to Palestinian ‘torture death jail' and complicity with unlawful Israeli detention of prisoners. In 2010 an inspection of the immigration removal centre Tinsley House, which was run by G4S plc, found 'wholly unacceptable' conditions for women and children including using unnecessary force on children while deporting a family.
In 2008, G4S acquired AccuRead, which had been providing meter reading services to Good Energy for many years, and rebranded it as G4S Utility Services. Good Energy's contract with the latter was a continuation of the previous arrangement. Following revelations that G4S was providing meter reading services to a number of supposedly ethical energy providers, including Good Energy, many of the renewable energy company's customers wrote to and telephoned the company to complain.
A spokes person for Good Energy said “the decision to change meter reading company was based on a number of criteria, including feedback from our customers. It's important to us to work with like-minded companies who share our values and approach to the environment. Some customers had contacted us about our relationship with G4S, and with this in mind we looked at changing who we work with."
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