SAN DIEGO, June 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) announced today that it has joined a consortium of more than 150 of the world's leading companies to sign on to the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion,™ the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
By signing on to this commitment, Debra L. Reed, Sempra Energy's chairman, president and CEO, is pledging to take action to cultivate a workplace where diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected, where employees feel encouraged to discuss diversity and inclusion, and where best practices can be shared across organizations to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
"By working together toward diversity and inclusion within our workplaces, industries, and broader business community, we can cultivate real results that make our society better," said Reed. "It is for this reason that diversity and inclusion have long been part of the very fabric of our company."
Sempra Energy established a dedicated office of Diversity & Inclusion when the company was formed in 1998. This Diversity & Inclusion team develops programs at all levels of the company that support employees, suppliers and the communities where it operates. Sempra Energy was an early adopter of, and continues today to support, programs and policies for LGBT employees.
"When it comes to increasing diversity and inclusion, I don't think there is a single path to success. A common thread, however, is a commitment that never ends – one that becomes embedded in an organization's unique culture," added Reed.
"CEOs across the country understand this isn't a competitive issue, but a societal issue, and together we can raise the bar for the entire business community," said Tim Ryan, U.S. chairman and senior partner of PwC and chair of the steering committee for the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion.™ "By sharing best known actions and programs, we are helping to create a more inclusive environment that will encourage all of us to bring our greatest talents, perspectives, and experiences to the workplace."
The CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ coalition represents more than 50 industries, every U.S. state and millions of employees globally.
Each CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ signatory has committed to taking the following steps to increase diversity and foster inclusion within their respective organizations and the larger business community:
- Continue to cultivate workplaces that support open dialogue on complex, and sometimes difficult, conversations about diversity and inclusion.
- Implement and expand unconscious bias education.
- Share best practices.
The CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ is a step forward in advancing diversity and inclusion. To learn more about this initiative, visit CEOAction.com – a hub for information sharing, idea generation and program development. Read more about Sempra Energy's efforts to support diversity and inclusion at Sempra.com/diversity.
Sempra Energy, based in San Diego, is a Fortune 500 energy services holding company with 2016 revenues of more than $10 billion. The Sempra Energy companies' more than 16,000 employees serve approximately 32 million consumers worldwide.
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