GRI Index

Use the index below to locate material organized by Global Reporting Initiative guidelines, as fits our business. The guidelines align subject matter across companies and industries. Also find a document table of contents at right with an alphabeticial index of topics below it.

Notes
Strategy and Analysis
1.1
Statement from CEO
Tom Fanning
Organizational Profile
2.1
Organization name
Southern Company
2.4
Atlanta, Georgia USA
2.5
Countries of operation
USA
2.6
Investor-owned utility
2.8
Scale of organization including number of employees, net sales/revenues, total capitalization
2.10
Awards
Awards also noted in corresponding sections.
Report Parameters
3.1
To be updated as new figures are available
3.2
Date of previous report
First: 2006. This online report is always current and updated as changes occur.
3.3
Reporting cycle
Annual or more frequent online updates
3.8
Basis for reporting on joint ventures, etc.
Refer to Annual Report
3.9
Data measurement techniques and bases of calculations including assumptions
Environmental: collection and sampling per regulatory standards. Sources and assumptions noted on performance charts.
3.10
Restatements of information
3.12
GRI Content Index table
This page
3.13
Policy and practice for seeking independent assurance for report
Continuous online stakeholder review and revision, submittal to independent evaluation organizations, and feedback requests within the report
Governance, Commitments, and Engagement
4.2
Indicate whether chair of highest governance body is also an executive officer
David Ratcliffe: Southern Company Chairman, CEO, and President
4.3
Percent of independent directors
92
4.4
Mechanisms for shareholders and employees to provide recommendations/direction to highest governance body
Shareholder voting/meeting; town hall employee meetings; live broadcasts with employee-submitted questions; employee concerns line
4.5
Linkage between compensation and organization's performance for members of highest governance body/senior executives
4.6
Process for the Board to ensure conflicts of interest are avoided
4.7
Processes for determining qualifications and expertise for guiding strategy
4.9
Procedures of highest governance body for overseeing economic, environmental and social performance including compliance, codes of conduct
4.10
Processes for evaluating performance of governance body with respect to economic, environmental and social performance
4.11
Explanation of how precautionary approach/principle is addressed by organization
4.12
Externally developed, voluntary economic, environmental, and social charters, sets of principles, or other initiatives
4.13
Significant memberships in associations and/or advocacy organizations
4.15
Basis for identification and selection of stakeholders with whom to engage
For this report; For our business, see 4.16. Also see CEO Viewpoint
4.16
Approaches to stakeholder engagement, including frequency and type
Approaches include all categories 4.1 - 4.14. Note: Stakeholder engagement approaches are a standard operating requirement of the utility business and integrated into longstanding processes. For example, as an investor-owned utility, we conduct annual and quarterly financial reporting and business planning, including stockholder proposals as outlined in corporate governance by-laws. As a public utility, we engage in processes regulated by national, state and local authorities and elected officials. State public service commissions within our service territory have established mechanisms for assessing the need for rate changes, which leads to an open dialogue among the states, the company and other stakeholders. See PSC websites: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi. We also comply with environmental and community impact engagements—including local townhall meetings—within plant and transmission licensing and approval processes. For example, note stakeholder engagements for lakes and the hydro licensing process .
4.17
See Risk Factors in right sidebar as summarized from our Form-10K Annual Report.
Economic Performance Indicators
EC3
Coverage of the defined benefit plan obligations
Fully funded at or above required levels
EC5
Range of ratios of standard entry level wage compared to local minimum wage at significant locations of operation
Not tracked
EC7
Procedures for local hiring and proportion of senior management hired from the local community at locations of significant operation
Employees are primarily long-term residents of the regions they serve, however no data is released on employee-community proportion;
EC9
Fleet impacts to be added to emission reporting in 2009
Environmental Performance Indicators
EN1
Materials used by weight or volume
Note - Raw materials used in significant quantity for the generation of electricity include fuel and chemicals for emission removal. Items sold to us as finished goods would be reported by their respective manufacturers.

Coal: 77.7 million tons (includes some non-affiliate tons that we manage for co-owners at plants Scherer and Wansley) (2007)
Natural Gas: 238 million MMBtu (excluded plants Stanton and Oleander where the customers are responsible for the gas supply, and various power purchase contracts where the seller provides the natural gas) (2007)
Chemicals used for treating emissions to be tracked in 2009
EN2
Percentage of materials used that are recycled input materials
Not tracked. Most fuel is combusted, a small percentage (2-5) is recycled or renewable including hydro and biomass
EN3
Direct energy consumption
Energy Used By Southern Company (excluding station use): 271,096 kWh
EN4
Indirect energy consumption
Measures taken to lessen indirect energy consumption include: (a) Smart Meters to eliminate meter reading miles, (b) new directives to increase fuel efficiency for fleet vehicles and (c) encouraging teleconferencing and other measures to limit travel miles among employees
EN5
Energy saved due to conservation and efficiency improvements
EN7
Initiatives to reduce indirect energy consumption and reductions achieved
We offer programs supporting use of mass transit, van pooling, and teleworking. LEED certifications and energy efficiency practices in our office buildings. Energy reductions from these activities are not currently tracked.
EN10
Percentage and total volume of water recycled and reused
EN12
Description of significant impacts of activities, products, and services on biodiversity in protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas
EN14
Strategies, current actions, and future plans for managing impacts on biodiversity
EN15
Number of IUCN Red List species and national conservation list species with habitats in areas affected by operations, by level of extinction risk
Southern Company facilities and property are located within known ranges of a number of U.S. federally threatened or endangered species. Species occurrence or presence of critical habitat is evaluated and proper consultation is completed prior to initiating activities that occur in the proximity of identified species or their critical habitat. Below find links to species on the U.S. Threatened and Endangered list in our service territories. Georgia | Alabama | Mississippi/Florida Panhandle
EN16
Total direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions by weight
EN17
Other relevant indirect greenhouse gas emissions by weight
Greenhouse gas emissions from our fleet will be tracked starting in 2009
EN19
Emissions of ozone-depleting substances by weight
Not tracked
EN23
Total number and volume of significant spills
No significant spills in 2007
EN24
Weight of transported, imported, exported, or treated waste deemed hazardous
The Department of Energy failed to begin disposing of used fuel in 1998 as required by the contracts. Until the contract is fulfilled, used fuel continues to be stored safely on-site, as prescribed in operating licenses.
EN25
Identity, size, protected status, and biodiversity value of water bodies and related habitats significantly affected by the reporting organization's discharges of water and runoff
See Lakes
EN26
Initiatives to mitigate environmental impacts of products and services, and extent of impact mitigation
EN27
Percentage of products sold and their packaging materials that are reclaimed by category
Electricity is not packaged
EN28
Monetary value of significant fines and total number of non-monetary sanctions for noncompliance with environmental laws and regulations
For material fines, see 10K, Management's Discussion and Analysis (e.g., II-24)
EN29
Significant environmental impacts of transporting products and other goods and materials used for the organization’s operations, and transporting members of the work force
Southern Company maintains a vehicle fleet for transmission and distribution work and other customer service activities. We are looking at ways to reduce miles driven and add more fuel-efficient vehicles. We're partners with auto manufacturers, looking at hybrid vehicle adoption and energy charging logistics. Additionally we encourage mass transit, van pool, and other commuter programs in metro areas where employees are concentrated.
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EN30
Total environmental protection expenditures and investments by type
Social Performance Indicators
LA3
LA7
LA8
Programs to assist employees, families, or community members regarding storms and serious diseases
LA13
PR6
Program for adherence to laws, standards, and voluntary codes related to marketing communications
Our marketing communications follow ethics applicable to all areas of our business
Other:
LA
SO
HR
PR
Note - Many performance indicators in these sections are not applicable to our business (e.g., child labor) or have no recorded incidents. In a few categories, items are generally covered in sections noted. For complete discussion of reportable issues, see our 10K, Management's Discussion and Analysis.
See Work Force and Community for some society (SO) performance indicators.
See Diversity and Inclusion for human rights (HR) performance indicators.
See Generating Affordable and Reliable Electricity and Reducing Environmental Impact for product responsibility (PR) performance indicators.