Diversity and inclusion

Whoever you are and wherever you come from, we’ll embrace the difference you bring and give you opportunities to thrive and succeed.

We are EDF

Recruiting from the widest possible pool of talent, we make sure that our workforce is a true reflection of our communities and customers. Their unique perspectives not only give us a better understanding of customers from all walks of life, they bring fresh ideas on nuclear safety too.

Employee networks

Our employee networks are instrumental in helping us to create a community environment where people feel welcomed and comfortable being their true selves at work – Women’s Network, LGBTQ+ Supporters Network, Disability and Carers Network, RACE Network, Working Parents’ Network, Forces Support Network, Young Professionals NetworkCancer Support Network and Mental Health Network

These networks provide a platform for employees to share views, tell us what we’re doing well and recommend improvements. This creates a real sense of community and a workforce who feel that their opinions are valued. It also helps us address business challenges and get closer to our goal of becoming a truly inclusive employer. One that encourages inspiration, innovation and employee commitment to a better energy future.

Diversity within our Supply Chain

Under our helping Britain achieve net zero in the Supply Chain ambitions, we seek to drive positive social and environmental change throughout our supply chain as we transition towards a net zero future. We have diversity principles within our supply chain policies and procedures that influence our tendering and procurement activity and we work with our existing suppliers to promote diversity and inclusion within the goods and services that EDF purchase. 

Women in energy, construction and engineering

International Women’s Day

Each year at EDF we celebrate International Women’s Day to recognise the achievement of women globally, showcase our talent and take action to drive towards our ambition for 40% women across all levels of our business by 2030. We believe an equal world is an enabled world and we are always looking to accelerate gender parity. 

We also celebrate International Women in Engineering Day by shining a spotlight on some of the incredible female inventors and innovators at EDF who are helping Britain achieve Net Zero.

"To me, International Women's Day means celebrating the achievements of women and the progress being made to gender equality, but also acknowledging we have some way to go."

Rebecca Rosling, Deputy Chair of the Women’s Network and Head of R&D Smart Customers at EDF

EDF Gender Pay Gap Report

At EDF we’re committed to being a diverse and inclusive employer. We work very hard to foster a work environment where everybody is paid fairly for the work they do and the contributions they make to our success.

Read our 2021 Gender Pay Gap Report.

The 2020 and 2019 reports are also available.

Awards and recognition


EDF achieved a level-three rating in the 2019 Gender European Equality Standard reaccreditation by NGO Aborus. The standard looks at a set of nine criteria, including areas such as training and development, career progression and work-life balance, and rates organisation out of three levels.

In 2018 we were reaccredited with the National Equality Standard (NES). Supported by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the Home Office, and the Confederation of British Industry, EDF was recognised as being fully compliant in 32 of the 35 NES competencies. 

In November 2018, EDF won the Apprenticeship Programme Award at the annual WISE Awards. The awards recognise inspiring organisations and individuals who are promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to girls and women. 

In 2019 EDF was awarded Disability Confident Level 2 for ensuring that disabled people and those with long term health conditions have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.

In 2018 EDF won the Supplier Diversity Excellence Award. This prestigious award recognises a UK corporation that has demonstrated exceptional commitment and leadership to supplier diversity and made significant progress in engaging and doing business with ethnic minority businesses in the preceding two years.

EDF has achieved Silver Award standard in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS), which encourages employers to support defence and inspire others to do the same.

Our external partnerships


Business in the Community offers a range of services, practical guidance and creative solutions to help businesses tackle issues facing society. Building on 30 years of experience, they’re working to create a fairer and more sustainable future for everyone – whether through the Race for Opportunity campaign, improving employment chances for ethnic minorities in the UK, or Opportunity Now, empowering women’s in the workplace.

Stonewall was founded in 1989 by a small group of women and men who had been active in the struggle against Section 28 of the Local Government Act, an offensive piece of legislation designed to prevent the ‘promotion’ of homosexuality in schools. Stonewall has put the case for equality on the mainstream political agenda and won support from all the main political parties.

The Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (ENEI) covers all issues of equality and inclusion in the workplace. They work with organisations to make change happen across six areas: unconscious bias, inclusive leadership, agile working, workforce representation, managing diversity and inclusion in a global marketplace.

Disability Rights UK is a pan-disability charity helping disabled people lead change and working for equal participation for all. They are supporting EDF to ensure disability inclusion and accessibility by design is part of our people related activities.

WEConnect International is a global network that connects majority-owned women’s businesses to qualified buyers. Their vision is a world in which women have the same opportunity as men to design and implement business solutions that create wealth and ensure the sustainable prosperity of their communities. EDF identifies and champions supply chain opportunities for women-owned businesses who can register for free with WEConnect International.

MSDUK, established in 2006, is one of the premier supplier diversity advocacy organisation in the UK, bringing together innovative and high growth ethnic minority businesses (EMB) with global corporations committed to creating an inclusive and diverse supply chain. Over the last 14 years, MSDUK has supported over 125 global brands and more than 1,500 EMBs (Ethnic Minority-Owned Businesses), introducing hundreds of new ideas, products and supply chain solutions. EDF works with MSDUK to identify and champion supply chain opportunities for ethnic minority businesses.