By Tony Khing
PG&E was named as one of the best places to work in the U.S. by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the largest national civil rights organization working to achieve workplace equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans.
For the 14th consecutive year, the company received a perfect 100 percent rating on the HRC’s annual Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for its consistently strong commitment to diversity and inclusion.
In compiling the CEI report, the HRC invited the 2015 Fortune 1000 (Fortune magazine’s 1,000 largest publicly traded businesses) and the 2015 AmLaw 200 (American Lawyer magazine’s top 200 revenue-grossing law firms) to participate in the survey. PG&E was one of a record 517 businesses out of the 887 that earned a perfect score.
PG&E’s perfect scores were based on detailed criteria, including the following five categories:
- non-discrimination policies
- employment benefits
- demonstrated organizational competency and accountability around LGBT diversity and inclusion
- public commitment to LGBT equality
- responsible citizenship.
“We strive to create an environment where all our colleagues can bring their whole selves to work. When we feel free to be ourselves, we’re better able to unleash our full potential, and focus on our mission to deliver safe, reliable, affordable and clean energy to our customers. We’re very proud to have received a perfect score for 14 consecutive years from the HRC,” said PG&E’s Dinyar Mistry, senior vice president of human resources and chief diversity officer.
PG&E has been one of the leading corporate voices in the LGBT community for many years. Examples of the company’s support include:
- being the first corporate sponsor and participant in the San Francisco Pride Parade (1986)
- having one of the oldest LGBT employee resource groups (PrideNetwork) in the nation
- being the first utility to actively recruit LGBT-owned enterprises in its supplier diversity program
- being the first major company in California to support the “No on 8” (banning same-sex marriage) ballot measure
- contributing $250,000 to the San Francisco-based National Center for Lesbian Rights.
“Major private sectors have demonstrated over and over that inclusion is not just the right thing to do, it makes for a stronger, more successful business,” said Deena Fidas, HRC Foundation workplace equality program director. “Major employers have adopted LGBT-inclusive policies and benefits at rates that continue to outpace lawmakers and lead the way forward.”
The HRC is just one of many organizations which have recently recognized PG&E for its commitment to diversity and inclusion. In 2016, PG&E was named Corporation of the Year by the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. And DiversityInc, one of the nation’s leading publications on diversity and business, ranked PG&E as one of the top utilities in the nation for diversity.
Information on PG&E’s diversity and inclusion efforts is available on the company website.
The HRC’s CEI report provides a detailed analysis and rating of large U.S. employers and their policies and practices regarding LGBT employees. The report also serves as the national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices for LGBT employees.
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