By Tony Khing
For the ninth consecutive year, PG&E has been named as one of the top utilities in the U.S. for diversity by DiversityInc, one of the nation’s leading publications on diversity and business. This year, PG&E ranked third, up two spots from last year’s ranking.
“Diversity and inclusion are at the core of PG&E’s culture,” said Dinyar Mistry, PG&E senior vice president of human resources and chief diversity office. “They drive our commitment to serve our customers and treating everyone with respect. Our strong support for these core values help us to work together across all the communities we serve and, ultimately, to build a better California.”
DiversityInc’s annual survey — tracking the nation’s top companies in terms of hiring, retaining and promoting women, minorities, people with disabilities, LGBT and veterans — is a rigorous, data-driven survey, gauging detailed demographics and management practices at some of the largest American employers.
Companies with more than 1,000 U.S.-based employees are eligible to enter and there’s no cost to compete. Each company’s rank is based on data from a more than 200-question survey.
Companies are evaluated within the context of their own industries. Their performance is assessed equally in four key areas of diversity management:
- Talent Pipeline: workforce breakdown, recruitment, composition of existing talent and structures.
- Equitable Talent Development: employee resource groups, mentoring, philanthropy, movement and fairness.
- CEO/Leadership Commitment: accountability for results, personal communications and visibility.
- Supplier Diversity: spend with companies owned by people from underrepresented groups, accountability and support.
PG&E’s leadership strongly supports the company’s commitment to diversity and inclusion — from an inclusive board of directors with a diverse representation, to embedded diversity and inclusion learning in leadership training. In addition, the company has a history of grassroots employee resource groups that goes back more than four decades.
For the past 14 years, PG&E has been named as one of the best places to work by the Human Rights Campaign, the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for LGBT Americans. And PG&E was only one of two energy companies to post a 100 score on last year’s Disability Equality Index, which measures companies on their disability inclusion policies and practices.
The utility also has one of the nation’s top diverse supply chains. In 2016, PG&E spent a record $2.8 billion with diverse suppliers. For the past five years, diverse suppliers have accounted for more than $2 billion of PG&E’s spend and more than 40 percent of the energy company’s spend for the fourth consecutive year. In addition, PG&E was named 2016 Corporation of the Year by the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.
PG&E’s Supply Chain Responsibility program has gained recognition from national organizations. Among the recent honors:
- Last November, PG&E became the first local or regional enterprise to receive the Gazelle Award from the National Minority Supplier Development Council.
- Last September, PG&E received an “A” for supplier diversity from The Greenlining Institute.
- Last August, Minority Business News USA Magazine named PG&E among its 2016 Corporate 101: Most Admired Companies in Supplier Diversity.
PG&E’s Supply Chain Responsibility website contains more information about the program. The site also provides details on how to become a certified diverse supplier.
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