Posted on May 9, 2013

Five Years and Counting: PG&E Among Nation’s Top Utilities for Diversity

For the fifth straight year, a leading publication on diversity and businesses has recognized PG&E as one of the top regional utilities in the country for its strong diversity practices.

“It is clear that U.S. companies are increasingly conscious of the importance of diversity,” said Luke Visconti, chief executive officer of DiversityInc. “We are very encouraged to see PG&E applying for this distinction. We also note a continued positive correlation between achievement in diversity and overall company performance.”

For the 2013 ranking, DiversityInc surveyed 893 companies with at least 1,000 employees. Participating companies were rated by DiversityInc in four key areas: CEO Commitment to Diversity Management, Workforce Diversity and Human Capital, Corporate/Organizational Communications and Supplier Diversity.

“It is an honor to be named by DiversityInc one of the top regional utilities in the country for diversity,” said Laura Butler, vice president of talent management and chief diversity officer at PG&E. “

As a utility that serves some of the most diverse communities in the nation, PG&E views diversity as the very fabric of our corporate culture. This commitment to diversity and inclusion is a critical part of our values and how we work to provide safe, reliable and affordable gas and electric service to our customers.”

PG&E’s leadership upholds the company’s strong commitment to diversity and inclusion — from an inclusive board of directors with a diverse representation, to required diversity and inclusion training for all members of the company’s leadership team. The utility also has a history of grassroots employee resource groups that goes back more than 40 years.

The utility has developed one of the nation’s leading supplier diversity programs that supports economic development and job creation in the communities it serves. PG&E recently announced that it achieved an all-time high of more than $2 billion in spending with diverse suppliers in 2012, accounting for 38.8 percent of its total procurement spend.

DiversityInc is the latest in a number of publications that have recognized PG&E for its commitment to diversity and inclusion. PG&E was recently ranked among the top 50 organizations for multicultural business opportunities by and named Corporation of the Year by the Northern California Minority Supplier Development Council. It was also recognized by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council as one of the America’s Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises.

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