30 Nov 12

EDF Energy awarded Diversity Works for London Gold Standard

EDF Energy’s efforts in promoting a diverse and inclusive work culture have been awarded the Diversity Works for London Gold Standard.

The company joins BT, the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) and PwC as one of just four organisations with the leading nationwide award.

Diversity Works for London is a Mayoral programme that encourages and supports businesses to realise the competitive advantage of London’s diversity.

Companies that embrace different cultures and perspectives can draw on that diversity to produce varied and creative approaches to business challenges.

To achieve this however, businesses need to provide an inclusive organisational culture in which employees are and feel valued for their diversity and the contributions that flow from it.

Over the past two years, the company’s Diversity & Inclusion Team have worked with colleagues across the business to ensure the business has the correct practices and measures to promote equality, diversity and inclusion.

The team submitted a 1000-page report covering company initiatives including:

· “Creating a Culture of Inclusion” workshops,

· four separate employee networks,

· the company’s first supplier diversity conference,

· the company’s first Disability Awareness Conference,

· holding Diversity Day across 25 sites, and

· the development of a “Line Manager’s Guide to Disability”.

The assessment culminated in interview days with staff from across the business.

In addition to the Gold Standard, EDF Energy received a detailed recommendation report which will guide the company’s next steps in this ongoing work and which will be embedded within EDF Energy’s Diversity & Inclusion Business Plans for 2013.

Commenting on the award, Janet Hogben, Chief People Officer, EDF Energy said:

“In receiving this award, we join a truly select group of companies whose hard work in the area of diversity and inclusion has been recognised at the highest level. In this year of Olympic achievements, a gold for EDF Energy is something worth celebrating.

“Whilst this is a great achievement, it also marks the start of an important and continuous journey to embed Diversity & Inclusion fully in our business and to capture the value that difference brings.

“I congratulate everyone who has been involved in the realisation of the Gold Standard, and look forward to supporting our on-going work to maintain what is a key sustainability commitment for our business.”

Commenting on the award, Shahid Bashir, Senior Business Diversity Manager, Diversity Works for London said:

"This is a much deserved award for EDF Energy who have clearly demonstrated exemplary practice in mainstreaming equality, diversity and inclusion. EDF has proved they value the diversity of its people and are working hard to create an inclusive culture to gain a competitive edge over its rivals."