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Invest in Our People

Southern Company is focused on having the right people with the right skills who are trained to perform their jobs safely and ethically to meet current and future business requirements.

Investing in Our People is Core to Our Success

Our people are at the center of our mission to provide clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy. How we do our work is just as important as what we do. To maintain a sustainable workforce, Southern Company relies on a strong sense of values, encompassing a wide range of considerations, including our commitment to human capital, Code of Ethics and safety. Our uncompromising values and ethics are key to our sustained success, and we remain cognizant of what they mean to our workforce’s culture and well-being. They guide our behavior and ensure we put the needs of those we serve at the center of all we do.

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Our Human Capital Pillars

  • We believe in, and invest in, the well-being of our employees through a total rewards strategy that includes competitive salary, annual incentive awards for eligible employees and health, welfare and retirement benefits designed to encourage physical, financial and emotional/social well-being.
  • Development and retention of our talent is a priority. New hires augment our existing workforce as we seek to meet changing business needs, address any critical skill gaps and supplement and diversify our talent pipelines.
  • We are proud of our positive relationships with labor unions and support the rights to collective bargaining and freedom of association.
  • We support human rights and are opposed to all forms of forced labor, child labor and other human rights abuses.
  • Our employees, suppliers and partners are expected to act in a manner consistent with Our Values, Our Human Capital Beliefs, Our Code of Ethics and U.S. and international law.

Through these human capital beliefs, we demonstrate Southern Company’s dedication to our employees’ well-being and the rights of all people.

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Moving to Equity

Southern Company’s Moving to Equity framework builds on years of work around diversity and inclusion. Focus areas include talent, work environment, supplier inclusion, civic engagement and community investment and social justice.

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We value the health, safety, well-being and security of our employees, customers, contractors and communities, and we will not compromise an individual's well-being for any reason.

2023 Workforce Highlights

To demonstrate our commitment to human capital and all it encompasses, it is essential to transparently share information about our workforce demographics and data. 

Employee workforce metrics
Aggregated workforce EEO-1 data is available here.

Coordination with Labor Unions

Constructive coordination with union leaders is critical to our business.

  • Approximately one-third of Southern Company employees are International Brotherhood of Electric Workers (IBEW) members, and many of our contractors employ labor union members from nearly every craft within the North Americas Building Trades Unions (NABTU).
  • Across the Southern Company system, we utilize an average of 61 million work-hours annually of craft labor (both internal and external resources), and 71% of those hours are completed by members of organized unions.
  • Our coordination with organized labor allow us to work toward common goals on topics such as employee and public safety, reliability of our electric and gas systems, training and development, recruitment efforts, Just Transition and best practice sharing. These efforts benefit the communities we serve and provide sustainable jobs.

We recognize the right of our employees to bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing and recognize unions as the exclusive representatives of our unionized employees in discussions involving rates of pay, wages, hours of employment and working conditions.

Leading Our People

In December 2022, the Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD) recognized Alabama Power with two Impact Awards for its efforts. CEWD’s Impact Awards honor excellence by individuals and companies for their leadership in workforce development initiatives that will have a lasting impact on the development of a skilled, diverse talent pipeline for the energy sector.

  • Alabama Power received the Community Partnership Award
  • Jeff Peoples, Alabama Power Chairman and CEO, received the CEWD’s Workforce Champion Award.
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Workforce Accolades

We are proud to be recognized for our commitment to Intentional Inclusion by organizations such as DiversityInc and Forbes Magazine. DiversityInc has ranked Southern Company as a Top 50 Company for Diversity for eight consecutive years, for our efforts to hire, retain and develop women, minorities, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+ and veterans. Forbes has ranked us among America’s Best Large Employers and as a Best Employer for Women.

UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Alignment

Southern Company has mapped our corporate sustainability priorities to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals framework, indicating our alignment with a sustainable future.


Southern Company’s clean energy initiatives aligned with UN Sustainable development goals

Connect with our sustainability team to learn more