Working to Advance DEI

EEI’s member companies are committed to advancing racial and social justice and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in their companies and across our industry. Building on programs and work already underway at electric companies, EEI launched an industry-wide DEI initiative in September 2020 that integrates workforce development and DEI priorities into one strategic initiative.

By supporting EEI’s DEI initiative, member companies have agreed to:

  • Promote racial and social justice.
  • Advance DEI goals and diversify their workforce at all levels.
  • Provide more equitable access to employment opportunities for underrepresented and underserved members of their communities.
  • Create a workforce that is more representative and responsive to people of all backgrounds.
  • Take measurable actions that can address the racial and gender gaps within our industry and accelerate the ability to reach and support those suffering from systemic racism, poverty, and economic disadvantages.

This past year has challenged us all, including making us pause and evaluate ways in which we can work together to better engage with and support underrepresented groups within our workforce and our communities. Our commitment to doing better and to making progress is stronger than ever.

Tom Kuhn

EEI President

Measuring Our Progress

To participate in EEI’s DEI initiative, member companies must commit to implement at least three recommended actions that support our industry goals. The industry goals are:

  • Ensure that DEI efforts are driven from the top.
  • Remove barriers to entry by expanding and broadening the pool of diverse candidates.
  • Establish stronger community connections.
  • Establish infrastructure academies and training programs.

As of June 2021, the initiative has 100-percent participation, and member companies, on average, are implementing five actions to meet their DEI commitment.

America’s Electric Companies Are Committed to Advancing Racial and Social Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Advancing Racial and Social Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Leading by Example on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

EEI’s member companies are taking meaningful and measurable actions that will make a difference for their employees and for the customers and communities they serve. Select a state to learn more about your electric company’s commitment to racial and social justice and DEI.

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Company Highlights

EEI's Business Diversity Program

For more than four decades, EEI's Business Diversity Program (formerly Supplier Diversity) has created opportunities for diverse businesses to take part in the growth of the electric power industry. EEI and its members aim to establish long-term relationships with diverse suppliers who provide products and services that help the industry succeed in a highly competitive environment. EEI's membership continues to build close alliances with diverse suppliers, knowing that a business practice today will impact business development tomorrow.

Our mission is to provide guidance and leadership to members using a dynamic 360º vision, managing a myriad of needs and sustaining full industry alignment in a changing business environment.

Workforce Development Programs

Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD)

CEWD is a non-profit consortium of electric, natural gas, and nuclear utilities and their associations focused on building a skilled workforce pipeline to meet future industry needs.

Troops to Energy Jobs

Troops to Energy Jobs is a collaboration among CEWD, EEI, and EEI member companies that makes it easier for veterans to translate their skills and training into rewarding energy careers.

Veterans in Energy

Veterans in Energy is a national employee resource group that provides transition, retention and professional development support to military veterans working in the energy industry.