Developing a Diverse and Inclusive Workforce
Diversity and inclusion are business priorities at Duke Energy. Simply put, diversity means we employ people with a variety of characteristics and backgrounds, and inclusion means we value their differences and similarities. Together, diversity and inclusion leverage our individual perspectives and experiences to achieve stronger business results.
One measure of our success is the composition of our workforce. In 2010, we saw a slight increase in the percentage of females in management, though our other demographic metrics remained constant. Although we may be in line with peer companies, we’re working to further diversify our workforce.
In Our Communities
Duke Energy supports educational programs for women and minorities throughout the U.S. We fund scholarships, student groups and educational-advancement programs. We also sponsor job fairs and other programs for student and professional organizations that support the development of minorities and women.
Diversity Steering Teams
Duke Energy’s Diversity Steering Teams work to improve employee engagement and build an inclusive culture. Through dialogue, training and local projects, these teams foster an understanding of differences and similarities among employees in the departments they represent.
Employee Resource Groups
Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are networks of employees with common interests or experiences. Open to all employees, ERGs aim to support business needs, align with company goals and strategies, promote understanding and provide a stronger sense of community. Employees organize and manage the groups, which provide educational, networking and mentoring opportunities, as well as seminars and conferences, for members.
Our ERGs include:
- African-American Network
- Business Women’s Network
- Latinos United Cultivating Energy and Service
- Leadership Development Network.
Duke Energy also sponsors employee chapters of Women in Nuclear, Young Generation in Nuclear, Toastmasters and American Association of Blacks in Energy.
‘Best of the Best’ Company
In 2010, Duke Energy was named a “Best of the Best” company by three employment magazines: Black Equal Opportunity Employment Journal, Professional Woman’s Magazine and Hispanic Network Magazine. The publications included Duke Energy in their listings of top energy, oil and utility companies.