Reflective of Society
The energy industry recognizes the importance of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforce. While we have made significant progress in many DE&I initiatives, we know that to make our companies and industry stronger, there is more work to be done. Forward-leaning companies continue to explore workplace culture, recruiting practices, outreach, and engagement opportunities to determine how best to enrich their teams with the inclusion of those who have historically been under-represented. Strategic business leaders are committed to ensuring their companies better represent the communities and customers they serve.
The future of ingenuity in the energy industry is reliant on a diverse workforce – a workforce that welcomes and values different life experiences, backgrounds, beliefs, and ideas – working together to power and fuel American life. Diversity broadens our problem solving, creative thinking, and innovative capabilities, all of which help families, companies, and society prosper.
Our industry is committed to fostering equitable workplace cultures that provide access, opportunity, and outcomes for all people, where everyone is valued and respected. We see pervasive examples of this throughout the industry in leadership development programs, career advancement opportunities, wage equity, skill-based hiring, and employee empowerment.
We recognize that the diversity of our workforce contributes to the success of our industry. As a result, we understand the importance of being inclusive of underrepresented groups and reflecting the communities we serve through development of programs such as Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), wellness programs, and educational partnerships that help each employee bring their whole self to work.
The Energy Industry is Stronger with Diversity
of Thought, Leadership, and Action.
Here are some examples of the industry’s leadership and commitment to DE&I
Omaha Public Power District, like many other industry companies, sponsors Employee Resource Groups to create communities for employees based on gender, race and ethnic identification, etc. These groups play many important roles, including helping to recruit, mentor and foster diversity and inclusion with new and tenured employees.
PSEG is one of several industry companies that has developed a Diversity and Inclusion Council to bring greater awareness of their diversity and inclusion commitment to employees and champion diverse perspectives and inclusive behaviors within their own work environment, and throughout the company at large.
Alliant Energy recognizes, as a major employer in their region, they have the resources to positively impact inclusive attitudes, behaviors and outcomes in the communities they serve – a responsibility they take seriously. They are a cofounder of Inclusive ICR, a coalition of local employers and organizations that works to advance diversity and inclusion in the region and they sponsor events with a wide array of organizations including Centro Hispano of Dane County, Corridor Women Connect, Gay Straight Alliance, One Iowa, OutReach, Urban League of Greater Madison, and Women Lead Change.