3 Mar 15

EDF Energy joins Government’s Disability Confident campaign

EDF Energy today signed a pledge to become a partner of the Government’s Disability Confident campaign.

The company joins a number of employers, including FTSE 100 companies and small businesses, who have signed the pledge as a commitment to continue to support employees with disabilities and and ensure that they have the opportunities to develop in the workplace.

To mark this occasion, the Minister of State for Disabled People, Mark Harper MP, joined CEO Vincent de Rivaz at the EDF Energy head office in central London this morning for the signing. British Paralympian and gold medalist Deborah Criddle also attended the event.

The Department for Work and Pensions is already seeing results since the launch of the Disability Confident campaign, with the best year-on-year improvements in disability employment in a decade. In 2014 the employment rate for disabled people rose by 2.5% and 3.1 million disabled people are now in employment.

Janet Hogben, chief people officer at EDF Energy, said: “EDF Energy has always been committed to creating an inclusive working environment and we are proud to sign this pledge and join the Disability Confident campaign.

“In order to recruit and retain the best and most diverse talent, we know that creating a culture of inclusion is fundamental. We want all employees to feel that they have the same opportunities to develop and thrive at EDF Energy.”   For more information about EDF Energy's approach to diversity across the business visit:
http://www.edfenergy.com/diversity  

For more information contact:

Steph Aukstikalnis
Media Officer (Customers)
0207 752 2266
steph.aukstikalnis@edfenergy.com

Notes to editors

  • EDF Energy is currently one of only four companies to achieve the Diversity Works for London Gold Standard for our approach to Diversity and Inclusion – a nationwide assessment that supports businesses in realising the benefits of diversity in the workplace.
  • EDF Energy is an official partner of the British Paralympic Association until 2017 and sponsor seven established and emerging Paralympic atheletes.
  • In 2013, EDF Energy established a partnerhsip with the National Star College, an independent provide of specialist further education for young adults with physical or mental learning difficulties. Through the ‘Steps Into Work’ programme, eight students were brought into the company in December 2013. In addition to gaining valuable work experience, the students all achieved a nationally recognised qualification in Customer Services.

EDF Energy

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.

EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, one of Europe’s largest power companies. The company employs around 15,000 people at locations across the UK.

To find out more about the UK's energy challenges look at www.edfenergy.com/energyfuture/