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Diversity & Inclusion

Having a diverse and inclusive workforce that mirrors the communities we serve benefits our customers, our employees, and our businesses. As an industry, we have made great progress, and I believe we’re ready to raise the bar even higher. Adoption of this commitment is a positive step forward in enhancing and advancing D&I in our companies and throughout our industry.

Pat Vincent-Collawn
Former EEI Chairman
PNM Resources Chairman, President and CEO
Company Highlights
  • PPL’s Business Resource Groups

    ​PPL’s first Business Resource Group (BRG—known as employee resource groups at other companies) was founded more than 20 years ago. Today, the company has nine BRGs with hundreds of employee members, all working to help build a more inclusive environment and engaged workforce. The BRGs highlight PPL’s commitment to providing opportunities for employees with diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences to come together and work toward new solutions. The BRGs organize a wide variety of professional development and networking events, as well as giving back to the community through volunteer projects. ​

  • DTE's Summer Youth Internship Program
    The DTE Energy Foundation provided grants that supported challenging paid jobs and professional work experiences for more than 1,500 college and high school students at DTE Energy and other organizations. In addition to on-the-job experience in office and skilled trades settings, participants gained important professional development and life training skills that ranged from financial literacy to resume writing, public speaking, and networking.​
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

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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.

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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

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EEI's Business Diversity Program

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

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Additional Resources
Electric Perspectives, Mar/Apr 2021
EEI Member Companies Among “America’s Most Responsible”
Electric Perspectives, Mar/Apr 2021
Duke Energy Supports Small Business Via Minority-Owned Bank
Diversity Inc., May 2019
Top 50 Companies for Diversity
Electric Perspectives, March/April 2019
Forbes Honors EEI Members for Commitment to Diversity
Electric Perspectives, January/February 2019
CEWD Summit: New Challenges, New Strategies, and New Faces
August 2020
Dominion's $35M Initiative Benefits HBCUs
February 2020
Southern Company provides $50M for HBCU students initative

Powering America
August 2017
The Economic and Workforce Contributions of the U.S. Electric Power Industry