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PG&E Named One of Nation’s Most Community-minded Companies

PG&E has been recognized as one of America’s most community-minded companies in The Civic 50 – a first-time comprehensive ranking of S&P 500 corporations that best use their time, talent and resources to improve the quality of life in the communities where they do business.

Habitat for Humanity -- Merced

In August, Habitat for Humanity and PG&E volunteers helped restore a home in Merced County. (Currents Archive Photo.)

The inaugural survey was conducted by National Conference on Citizenship and  Points of Light — both experts on civic engagement — in partnership with Bloomberg LP. The full Civic 50 ranking is posted on Bloomberg’s Businessweek and an article on some of the companies honored appears in the Nov. 12-18 issue of Businessweek.

PG&E is ranked 21st and joins companies such as IBM, Citi and AT&T on the list.

Ezra Garrett, PG&E’s vice president of community relations and chief sustainability officer, said the utility is proud to be identified as one of nation’s most giving companies.

“It’s an honor to achieve national recognition for the work we do every day to serve our communities, beyond the basics of delivering safe, reliable and affordable gas and electricity,” said Garrett. “Our corporate charitable giving – focused on advancing the causes of education, environmental stewardship, and community and vitality – is just the start for PG&E. Our employees demonstrate a selfless spirit of giving, which we embrace and encourage by linking them with opportunities to donate their time and dollars.”

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In March, PG&E worked with NFL Hall of Famer Jerry Rice to support the American Red Cross. (Currents Archive Photo.)

Jackie Norris, executive director of the Points of Light Corporate Institute, cited the outpouring of support following the recent hurricane on the Eastern Seaboard as an example of corporate volunteerism and support.

“Today, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, we can see clearly how much corporate America pitches in – with expertise, talent, time and money – to help communities meet critical needs,” said Norris. “In times of disaster and relative calm, The Civic 50’s work is transformative, innovative and critically important.”

PG&E is one of several utilities nationwide that have sent electrical workers and equipment to help restore power in the areas hardest-hit from the hurricane. The utility also extended its annual employee-giving campaign to allow more time to donate to relief efforts and announced that it will match cash donations up to a total of $50,000 donation to the American Red Cross’ Hurricane Sandy efforts.

To identify the Civic 50, companies were evaluated in seven specific areas: leadership, measurement and strategy, design, employee civic growth, community partnerships, cause alignment and transparency.

This month, PG&E sent trucks, equipment and crews to help restore power to the East Coast devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

“The Civic 50 demonstrates that the best companies in America are deeply committed to strengthening their respective communities,” said Ilir Zherka, executive director of the nonprofit National Conference on Citizenship.

Zherka also credited leaders of these corporations with aligning the expertise of their companies with the people and needs of their communities. “NCoC hopes The Civic 50 will spur companies throughout our country to do the same.”

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