As one of the nation's premier energy companies, NextEra Energy is committed to recruiting, developing and retaining great people at all levels. A key part of that commitment is to attract and maintain a diverse and multi-generational workforce that can help us meet the continually evolving needs of our customers. To reinforce our commitment, we continue to develop and implement corporate-wide diversity and inclusion training for all of our employees and further strengthen our Corporate Diversity Council and Employee Resource Groups.
At NextEra Energy, we define diversity broadly. We provide an inclusive work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, age, sex, national origin, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetics, disability or protected veteran status. We also appreciate diversity of thought, style, technical and functional capabilities or leadership. When talented employees from varied backgrounds are engaged and contributing to our business success, we all benefit.
In light of recent focus throughout the country on social justice, racial equity and related issues, our company established a Racial Equity Working Team to develop specific actions our company can take to make a positive contribution toward racial equity. The focus areas of this effort are to improve recruitment, retention and promotion of diverse team members; increase support of programs that make a difference in diverse communities; and identify additional minority-owned suppliers and venture investment opportunities. About 100 team members volunteered to be part of the working team process.
In honor of Black History Month, NextEra Energy’s African-American Professional Employee Group (AAPEG) employee resource group (ERG) held multiple events during the month of February in celebration of achievements by African-Americans and to recognize their central role in U.S. history.
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Hispanic Organization for Latino Americans (HOLA) employee resource group (ERG) hosted a panel discussion and networking event with NextEra Energy leaders.
The Asian Professionals in the Energy Exchange (APEX) employee resource group proudly celebrates Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month with their annual table tennis tournament.
At an event sponsored by NextEra's Women in Energy group, employees were treated to a special visit by Toni Jennings, a former Lt. Governor of Florida and a member of NextEra Energy's board of directors.
“We value and embrace the unique differences of every employee, which enables our inclusive culture to thrive. I’m proud to sponsor our Allies for People with Disabilities (APD) Employee Resource Group,” said Carmine Priore III, vice president of power generation division special projects and Gulf Power generation at NextEra Energy. “APD members work to better serve our employees, customers and colleagues, while raising awareness about disabilities and helping to improve the communities where we live and work.”
Our Talent Acquisition team partners with key veteran and diversity organizations -- both regional and national -- targeting diverse groups including women, minorities, veterans and people with disabilities, with a focus on attracting qualified diverse talent to become part of our great company.
NextEra Energy was named to Forbes' list of America's Best Employers for Diversity for the third consecutive year. In partnership with research firm Statista, Forbes ranked 250 employers across all industries in the U.S. according to results from employee surveys, examination of diversity policies and analysis of diversity in executive boards and management teams. This award is in addition to the company being recognized for the 13th time as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere Institute. NextEra Energy is one of only nine companies worldwide in the energy and utilities sector to receive this prestigious recognition.