Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion

How does a company make DiversityInc.'s Top Companies for Diversity list, earn accolades from Black Enterprise, Careers and disABLED, and G.I. Jobs magazines, and receive recognition from AARP, the Hispanic Network and others? By making diversity and inclusion a mission — not simply a mission statement.

At Southern Company, diversity and inclusion are not stand-alone objectives - they are part of everything we do. We define diversity not just as race or gender but also as the differences in the backgrounds, experiences, perspectives and ideas of our employees. Inclusion is a work environment without barriers in which employees feel welcomed, valued, respected and engaged.

The nature of our business requires diverse skill sets. We need accountants, business office managers, customer service representatives, electricians engineers, linemen, plant operators, scientists and more. We need people who are comfortable working in corporate settings, in the field and in cities small and large. We need that same diversity in background, thoughts and ideas.

To anticipate and meet customers' needs and make their lives easier and more comfortable, it takes innovation - and every one of our 27,000 employees. Innovation is impossible without diversity and inclusion. By providing an inclusive work environment the company will utilize the diverse backgrounds of the workforce to drive results, performance, engagement and innovation.

Embracing diversity and inclusion requires that we value differences and treat people as unique individuals. We understand the value of a diverse and inclusive workplace and its impact on attracting and retaining the best employees.

"Creating a workplace environment where people from varying perspectives and backgrounds can contribute to the best of their ability is why we value diversity at Southern Company. We will improve our productivity and effectiveness, and we will eliminate barriers for people to realize their full potential. Honor, respect and appreciate our differences. That will help make us a better company."

Tom Fanning

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