Southern Company and Exelon Corporation have been recognized on DiversityInc’s 2020 Top 50 Companies for Diversity list, with Southern Company ranked No 26 and Exelon No. 29.
Southern Company said in a press release that this is the fifth consecutive year the company has been recognized for diversity and inclusion, including its efforts to hire, retain and promote women, minorities, people with disabilities, LGBTQ and veterans. The company and its subsidiaries were also recognized for its $50 million multi-year initiative to provide students attending historically black colleges and universities with scholarships, internships, leadership development and access to technology and innovation to support career readiness.
In addition to the overall company ranking, Southern Company was recognized on four Top Company specialty lists:
- No. 2 for Veterans
- No. 5 for Board of Directors
- No. 7 for Supplier Diversity
- No. 8 for Employee Resource Groups
These rankings are based on 2019 company-submitted data in six key areas: leadership accountability, human capital diversity metrics, talent programs, workforce practices, supplier diversity and philanthropy.
“Our people are the power of Southern Company. Their energy enables us to build a brighter future for our customers and the communities we call home,” said Sloane Drake, Southern Company senior vice-president of human resources. “We drive results by valuing different opinions, backgrounds and experiences, and by welcoming diverse points of view. We celebrate our progress and are committed to a diverse and inclusive organization.”
Southern Company serves 9 million customers through its subsidiaries. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in three states, natural gas distribution companies in four states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America, a distributed energy infrastructure company, a fiber optics network and telecommunications services. Southern Company operates 30 hydroelectric plants, including one pumped-storage facility, with a total capacity of 2,452 MW.
Exelon’s six utilities deliver electricity and natural gas to about 10 million customers in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Exelon says it is one of the largest competitive U.S. power generators, with more than 31,000 MW of nuclear, gas, wind, solar and hydroelectric generating capacity. The company’s Constellation business unit provides energy products and services to about 1.8 million residential, public sector and business customers.