EDF Energy celebrates the differences at Barnwood diversity day
Employees at EDF Energy’s Barnwood office shone a light on the diversity of the 2,000-strong workforce with a varied day of events.
“Diversity and Inclusion day is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate Team Barnwood. Events during the day highlighted the huge diversity we have here, from business units to career history, from technical to commercial, from old to young, from local to international,” explained Peter Prozesky, Director of Continuous Improvement for the Generation business which is responsible for producing around a fifth of all the UK used in the UK.
“At EDF Energy individuals are valued for their uniqueness, are able to be themselves and have the opportunity to reach their full potential, creating a richness of perspectives for the business."
Helping employees ‘be themselves’ is one of the aims of the range of employee networks which were represented including Working Parents', LGBT, Women’s, Disability and Carer’s, and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic and Forces Support.
As part of promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace, generous Barnwood employees donated hundreds of items of clothing in a Suit Drive for the ‘Suited & Booted’ and ‘SmartWorks’ charities, who provide high quality interview clothes, styling advice and interview training to out of work men and women on low incomes - helping them to look good, feel confident, succeed at interviews and move on with their life.
EDF Energy-sponsored Gloucester Wheelchair Rugby brought some of their specially-adapted chairs along for employees to try and there was a raffle to win a signed Gloucester Rugby shirt too, the proceeds going to SmartWorks and Suited & Booted.
Some of the students from the Steps into Work programme at Cheltenham's National Star College joined in with events to talk about their work experience with EDF Energy at Barnwood
Ines Higgins, one of the students on work experience from the college who is visually impaired, said: "It’s great to be involved in a day like this. I can't speak highly enough of the team I work with and how they've helped me adapt to the workplace e. I've enjoyed speaking to everyone today. It’s a great example of how EDF Energy values inclusivity."
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EDF Energy is one of the UK’s largest energy companies and the largest producer of low-carbon electricity, producing around one-fifth of the nation's electricity from its nuclear power stations, wind farms, coal and gas power stations and combined heat and power plants. The company supplies gas and electricity to 6 million business and residential customer accounts and is the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain.
EDF Energy’s safe and secure operation of its eight existing nuclear power stations at sites across the country makes it the UK’s largest generator of low carbon electricity. EDF Energy is also leading the UK's nuclear renaissance and has published plans to build four new nuclear plants, subject to the right investment framework.
These new plants could generate enough low carbon electricity for about 40% of Britain’s homes. They would make an important contribution to the UK’s future needs for clean, secure and affordable energy. The project is already creating business and job opportunities for British companies and workers.
Through Our Better Energy Ambitions, EDF Energy has developed one of the biggest environmental and social programmes of any British energy company.
In 2014 EDF Energy received seven ‘Big Ticks’ in the Business in the Community (BITC) Responsible Business Awards. In 2013 EDF Energy received the Environmental Leadership for Behavioural Change Award in the national Environment and Energy Awards and was highly commended in the first ever pan European Corporate Social Responsibility Awards scheme for its Sustainable Schools programme – the Pod.
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