Suppliers

Suppliers and Labor Relations

Suppliers and Labor Relations

Southern works diligently to build a robust network of small and diverse suppliers that deliver customer value and strengthen our supply chain.

Suppliers

The Southern Company system maintains ethical standards in all business practices, including relationships with suppliers. We hold our suppliers to these standards contractually when they are performing work for us. Suppliers must meet policies for legal compliance, equal employment, harassment, workplace threats and violence, electronic communications, safety, the environment, drugs and alcohol and conflicts of interest. Supplier information »

The Southern Company system awards business based on best overall value. We have established a mentoring program to help suppliers understand and follow our conventions and policies, qualify for opportunities, and excel in performance. By nurturing relationships with small and diverse suppliers, the Southern Company system broadens its access to products and services while demonstrating commitment to economic inclusion.

Labor Relations

We recognize the right of our employees to bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing and recognize unions as the exclusive representatives of these employees to collectively bargain for rates of pay, wages, hours of employment, working conditions and other matters of employment.

Approximately one-third of the Southern Company system employees are covered under IBEW union agreements. We have contracts with nine local chapters across a four-state service area. The last strike against the Southern Company system occurred over 25 years ago.

Encouraging Diverse Suppliers

Since 1978, Southern Company has been a champion of supplier diversity and development. Partnerships with Small Business Concerns help us to deliver the service, reliability and value our customers deserve. Supplier diversity allows Southern to spread wealth and jobs throughout the communities we serve.

We seek small and diverse suppliers that offer quality, reliable, competitively priced equipment, products and services. Southern maintains relationships with diverse businesses to ensure that the best and widest possible supplier base is included in our purchasing decisions.

Mentor Program

Our Mentor Program helps build relationships between Southern Company system employees with buying authority and diverse suppliers, enabling suppliers to increase awareness of opportunities at Southern Company and giving purchasing employees wider supplier choices.

Second Tier Program

Southern Company strongly encourages prime suppliers to extend subcontracting opportunities to diverse suppliers. This program has added opportunities for minority businesses in companies we do not own or manage.