How We Operate

Providing essential energy services in extraordinary ways

Backed by nearly a century of experience, the companies of PPL Corporation are acknowledged leaders in the utility sector.

This leadership position provides short- and long-term benefits for customers and shareowners. The people of PPL know how to deal with day-to-day challenges, and they also understand the strategic implications of changes in market conditions and regulations.

PPL has adopted a corporate strategy to operate high-quality energy delivery businesses in the U.S. and U.K. We are accomplishing these objectives by expanding the reach of the basic approach that has made us one of the most successful electric companies in the United States — a focus on operational excellence, financial discipline and outstanding customer relationships.

Vision & Values

Our vision

Empowering economic vitality and quality of life.

Our Mission

To provide reliable, safe energy at a reasonable cost to our customers and best-in-sector returns to our shareowners.

Our values

Safety and Health
We do not compromise on safety and health. The objective is simple: zero accidents and no adverse impact on the public, employees or contractors.
Customer Focus
We provide the highest quality, safe, reasonably-priced service to customers, improving quality of life in the areas we serve. We anticipate and meet the needs of both our external and internal customers.
Diversity and Engagement
We are committed to an inclusive, respectful and diverse workplace that rewards performance, enables professional development and encourages employee engagement. Our goal is to leverage diversity and inclusion to help make our business stronger by attracting and retaining highly-skilled talent from an emerging workforce, and at the same time, maintaining the engagement, knowledge and energy of current employees. Employees take responsibility for results and are committed to diversity and to continual improvement.
Performance Excellence
We have a personal commitment to excellence in all we do, taking great pride in our professionalism, attention to detail and continual improvement. Each employee understands that excellent day-to-day performance and a personal focus on results are essential to producing superior returns for our shareowners.
Integrity and Openness
We act honestly and ethically in everything we do, adhering to the highest standards of conduct. We honor our commitments, take personal responsibility for our actions and communicate openly.
Corporate Citizenship
We conduct our business in a responsible manner, considering the needs of present and future generations. We strive to be an exemplary corporate citizen, seeking to improve the quality of life in the communities in which we do business.

Vision & Values Booklet

Doing Business with PPL

Relationships with contractors and suppliers are vital to PPL’s successful operations. Those contacts are developed and maintained through the company’s Supply Chain organization, which purchases materials and services to cost-effectively support our business.

Supply Chain Overview

PPL Electric Utilities Health and Safety

Standards of Conduct & Integrity for Suppliers

Environmental Policy

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Public Policy Engagement

Laws and policies enacted at the federal and state levels can have a significant impact on PPL and our customers, employees and shareowners. PPL actively encourages public policy that furthers our ability to provide reliable and affordable electricity to our customers and to function efficiently, safely and economically. Our active participation in the public policy arena is appropriate to ensure that public officials are informed about key issues that affect the interests of our customers, employees, shareowners and the communities we serve.

Compliance

PPL takes very seriously the need to conduct all aspects of our business in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations and consistent with the company’s values.

PPL reports all corporate lobbying-related activities and expenditures to appropriate state and federal agencies. Information on PPL’s current lobbying activities can be found in lobbying reports filed with the U.S. House, U.S. Senate, Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission and Pennsylvania Department of State and will also be made available upon request.

PPL’s Public Affairs Department is in regular communication with executive leadership and provides semi-annual reports to the Board on key issues and advocacy positions.

Trade Associations

PPL belongs to various business and trade associations that engage generally in education and advocacy efforts on a number of industry and business-related issues. PPL reports dues or payments to trade associations not deductible under Section 162(e)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code in its lobbying filings, as required by state and federal laws. In 2016, the amounts reported totaled $246,953.28.

Listed below are the trade associations that received 2016 annual dues in excess of $50,000, including that portion of dues identified by each trade association as attributable to lobbying.

Association Total Dues for 2016 Membership Non-Deductible Portion of Dues Allocated to Lobbying
Edison Electric Institute $1,247,262 $174,899
American Gas Association $197,647 $8,894
Energy Association of Pennsylvania $164,167 $9,850
Greater Louisville, Inc. $131,250 $1,118
Kentucky Chamber of Commerce $55,490 $8,324



Political Action Committees (PACs)

PPL Corporation and its affiliates are prohibited from making contributions to candidates and political parties, including in-kind contributions, under federal law and under the laws of Pennsylvania and Kentucky, the states in which PPL currently has utility operations. PPL has established federal and state PACs through which employees may participate in the political process. People for Good Government (PGG) and the LG&E-KU Political Awareness and Civil Education Committee (PACE) are PACs that encourage active interest and participation in the political process by employees, retirees and shareowners. These nonpartisan, voluntary PACs are organized and operate separately from PPL Corporation, as required by law. They are guided by steering committees and allocations committees made up of employees from across the company. Decisions regarding PAC contributions are made without regard to the private political preference of any executive or individual employee.

PGG and PACE report all PAC contributions in campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission, Pennsylvania Bureau of Commissions, Elections and Legislation and Kentucky Registry of Election Finance and will also be made available upon request.

Independent Expenditures and Tax-Exempt Organizations

PPL Corporation does not make independent political expenditures in connection with campaigns or to influence ballot measures, and it is our current policy not to make such expenditures. PPL Corporation makes donations to various tax-exempt organizations. Charitable donations to 501(c)(3) organizations are not covered under this policy. The company occasionally makes contributions to other tax-exempt organizations, such as 501(c)(4) and 527 organizations, but such contributions are generally related to memberships and event sponsorships and not intended to influence a political campaign.

Should PPL decide to make independent expenditures in the future, or make contributions to a tax- exempt organization for the purpose of influencing a campaign, the expenditures must be approved by the most senior officer responsible for government or regulatory affairs in PPL Electric Utilities Corporation, LG&E and KU Energy LLC or PPL Services Corporation.

2016 Contributions to Tax-Exempt Organizations
National Conference of State Societies $10,000



Board Oversight

The PPL Corporation Board of Directors, or a duly authorized oversight committee, will receive on an annual basis a report of corporate political contributions, including the following:

  • The non-deductible portion of dues and other payments made to trade associations that are in excess of $50,000;
  • Independent expenditures in connection with campaigns or to influence ballot measures; and
  • Contributions to tax-exempt organizations covered under this policy, such as 501(c)(4) and 527 organizations.