Our Culture

Southern Style

Our principal business is to make, move and sell energy. Those are the "whats" of our business. But it's the "hows" that make us different. The actions of our employees are what truly define us and have earned us a high level of trust among our customers, shareholders, regulators and one another. We call these actions, behaviors and values Southern Style, which is based on:

  • Unquestionable Trust
    Honesty, respect, fairness and integrity drive our behavior. We keep our promises and ethical behavior is our standard.
  • Superior Performance
    We are dedicated to superior performance throughout our business. Our priorities are safety first, teamwork, diversity and continuous improvement through strong leadership.
  • Total Commitment
    We are committed to the success of our employees, customers and shareholders and to citizenship and stewardship in all our actions.


We expect employees to put safety first in everything they do — on and off the job. We refer to our commitment to safety as "Target Zero" — a belief that all accidents are preventable when we work safely, watch out for each other and report and correct unsafe situations. Our goal is simple: Every day, every job, safely.

Health and Wellness

Because our company's success depends on our employees, we provide no-cost health and wellness programs and resources to help our employees adopt healthier lifestyles, identify potential health risks and manage chronic illnesses.


At Southern Company, diversity and inclusion are not stand-along objectives — they are part of everything we do. We define diversity, not only in the traditional terms like race and gender, but as the differences in backgrounds, experiences, perspectives and ideas. Inclusion is a work environment without barriers in which every employee feels welcomed, valued, respected and engaged and is able to reach his or her full potential. Our efforts earned Southern Company a spot on Diversity Inc.'s Top 50 Companies for Diversity list in 2016.


We believe the communities we serve should be better off because we're there. Our subsidiaries have more than 250 local business offices, which means we're part of the communities we serve. Our employee volunteer groups donated tens of thousands of volunteer hours annually. That's in addition to the countless hours our employees spend coaching local youth teams and serving in leadership positions for civic and community projects and initiatives.

As a company, Southern Company and its subsidiaries make direct corporate contributions and endow and fund independent, non-profit company foundations that contribute to arts and culture, health and human services, civic and community projects, safety, education and the environment. We're also very involved in economic and community development initiatives that bring good jobs and improve the quality of life in our communities.

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