EDF Energy’s East Kilbride employees celebrate diversity and inclusion
From hearing the stories of medal winning athletes to sampling world cuisines, the employees at EDF Energy’s East Kilbride office have been busy celebrating diversity and inclusion through a number of events.
There was an inspiring lunchtime talk from London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Judo silver medallists, Gemma Gibbons and Sam Ingram. The pair spoke about their inspirational journeys to winning at the London Games.
The EDF Energy team also collected donations of business clothes for a charity called Smart Works which supports women returning to work. The charity gives each woman a new outfit which is theirs to keep and also provides interview training designed to help them succeed. In 2014 58 % of women who went to Smart Works got the job.
Principal Tenant at East Kilbride Dave Kendall said “At EDF Energy we believe in creating a positive working environment which encourages people to contribute and that is what these events have been all about. In 2012 the company was awarded the Gold Standard Accreditation and we are aiming to achieve the National Equality Standard (NES) by the end of this year.
“It is very important to us that our employees feel respected and valued and able to be themselves at work and I am proud of what the team at East Kilbride have learned and achieved.”
For more information contact:Lindsey Ingram
Media Officer - Scotland
Notes to editors
Pictured L – R are:
Dave Kendall, Sam Ingram ( Paralympian) Pauline McCandless, Emma Murphy, Julie Murray, Gemma Gibbons (Olympian), Ajibola Fasanmi, David Alliu, Martin Kearns and Elaine McCulloch.
More information on Smart Works can be found here http://www.smartworks.org.uk
EDF Energy has six networks available for support and advice. They seek to promote Diversity and Inclusion and are not exclusive, for example, men are able to join the women’s network.
· Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME)
· Women’s network
· Disability and Carer’s network
· LGBT supporters’ network
· Working parents’ network
· Forces support network
For more information visit: http://www.edfenergy.com/diversity
EDF Energy in Scotland
In Scotland EDF Energy operates Hunterston B in North Ayrshire and Torness in East Lothian which employ over 1,000 staff and around 500 contracting partners across the two power stations. EDF Energy employs a further 200 office based staff in East Kilbride. As well as generating enough power to serve some 4 million homes the company also provides gas and electricity to over 80,000 Scottish customers with around half of those opting for one of the company’s Blue+ products which are backed by low-carbon generation. We operate two windfarms in the Scottish Borders and make sure we buy enough electricity generated from a low-carbon nuclear source to match every unit of electricity we estimate our Blue customers use. EDF Energy is proud to power up some of the largest organisations in the UK, including supplying almost all public sector bodies in Scotland with after being awarded Scotland’s largest electricity supply contract by annual volume from April 2013. Following a landmark agreement with Network Rail the company also provides nuclear-backed Blue energy to power up the UKs electric rail network, covering most of the south east of England and the main lines from London to Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as the Merseyrail network around Liverpool and the Glasgow suburban network.