Sempra Energy issued the following announcement on July 17.
Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) has been named to the NAACP's inaugural Equity, Inclusion and Empowerment Index, launched today at the NAACP's leadership symposium in San Antonio. The index recognizes companies that are "fostering an equitable, just and inclusive workplace."
"We're honored to be recognized by the NAACP for our efforts to promote diversity, inclusivity and equity in the workplace," said G. Joyce Rowland, senior vice president, chief human resources and administrative officer for Sempra Energy. "By fostering an inclusive environment where we live our values, embrace different views and different life experiences, we can make better decisions to benefit the company and the communities we serve."
Some 200 companies were named to the Equity, Inclusion and Empowerment Index, based on a variety of factors, including board diversity, diversity programs, supply chain monitoring and community development programs, among others. The report was compiled in partnership with nonprofit investment manager Impact Shares and investment research firm Morningstar. The index is limited to companies with a market capitalization of $2 billion or more.
Diversity and inclusion have been core values at Sempra Energy since its formation. The company established a dedicated Office of Corporate Diversity when the company was formed in 1998. This organization develops programs at all levels of the company that support employees, suppliers and communities. Since 2010, the percentage of people of color in Sempra Energy's U.S. workforce has increased to 59 percent from 53 percent. The U.S. utility average is about 25 percent. Additionally, 52 percent of the company's management are people of color. Sempra Energy also was an early adopter of, and continues today to support, programs and policies for LGBT employees.
Sempra Energy's focus on inclusivity extends to the company's participation in the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ initiative. Sempra Energy was an inaugural member when the initiative launched last year. The program now includes more than 450 CEOs who have pledged to take measurable action to cultivate a workplace where diverse perspectives and experiences are both welcomed and respected.
Sempra Energy, based in San Diego, is a Fortune 500 energy services holding company with 2017 revenues of more than $11 billion. Sempra Energy is the utility holding company with the largest U.S. customer base. The Sempra Energy companies' approximately 20,000 employees serve more than 40 million consumers worldwide.
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Source: Sempra Energy