Diverse hiring, comprehensive DE&I training, $66 million in giving to organizations working for social justice and further commitment to HBCUs some of actions taken over past year
Southern Company today issued its “2021 Transformation Report: Moving to Equity,” detailing its commitment to equity and actions taken to further advance equity within the company and its communities. Southern Company recognizes there is still work to do and is continuing to move boldly forward with its diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) work.
Key DE&I takeaways from the report include:
“Across Southern Company, we are fully committed to equity,” said CEO Tom Fanning. “This collective commitment among our 28,000 employees seeks to prevent racial disparities where they exist and ensure equitable access, opportunities and outcomes for all. Our goal of diversity, equity and inclusion aims to ensure all groups, and especially historically underrepresented and marginalized groups, are well represented, included and fairly treated within all levels of our organization and in our communities.”
Southern Company launched its Moving to Equity framework in 2020 amid national conversations on racism and inequality. After a period of listening, learning and understanding, the Southern Company Management Council decided to focus efforts on five key areas: talent, work environment, community, political engagement and supplier diversity.
The Transformation Report reiterates Southern Company’s commitments to these pillars, tracks progress of long-term goals, highlights key results and outlines how the company has and will continue to hold itself accountable while Moving to Equity.
“Make no mistake, this report is a beginning,” Fanning said. “I want these commitments to be an enduring reflection of Our Values and for Southern Company to serve as a guiding light in our communities, our industry, our nation and around the world among those companies seeking change.”