29 Jul 13

EDF Energy wins Private Sector Diversity and Inclusion Award

EDF Energy has won the 2013 private sector Diversity and Inclusion Award.

Run by the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (ENEI), the energy company scooped the award at a ceremony held at The Law Society, Chancery Lane, London.

Denise Keating, Chief Executive of ENEI, said: “These awards recognise the commitment of organisations to achieving diverse and inclusive workplaces, celebrating the teams and individuals who really are making a difference. With over 90 organisations entering the awards, we have been encouraged and moved by the steps organisations are taking to promote equality and diversity and hope this will encourage other companies to follow their lead.”

The award, which comes just 12 months after the company achieved the Diversity Works for London Gold Standard, recognised a range of activities and initiatives across EDF Energy including top level commitment from senior management, engagement initiatives, targeted recruitment and talent activities such as its Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Mentoring Scheme and robust benchmarking to measure progress against the best in the field.

Janet Hogben, EDF Energy’s Chief People Officer and Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Action Group, said: "Everyone plays a role in creating a culture of inclusion and it is something that I and a lot of people feel very passionately about. Recognition from the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion is another clear signal that we are on the right track with our shared commitment towards an inclusive and diverse organisation.”

Judges highlighted a range of activities driving an inclusive culture at EDF Energy including:

• Tapping into Talent - EDF Energy’s new pilot mentoring scheme which provides opportunities for BAME mentees to take ownership of their development.

• Team of the Year Award - for the organisation’s Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) strategy to help meet its vision, focusing on five areas: resourcing; talent; leadership development; engagement and measurement of progress.

• Inclusive Procurement - for developing an approach to influence suppliers, policies and procedures which is now mandatory for all new suppliers.

Caroline Stabb, EDF Energy's Diversity and Inclusion Manager, said: “I am absolutely delighted that we have been awarded Overall Winner of the Private Sector at the ENEI Awards. External recognition like this demonstrates how far we have come, but I'm also mindful that like other organisations, we need to continue to build on this progress to fully embed a culture of inclusion throughout the entire organisation.”

HM Revenue and Customs won the 2013 public sector Diversity and Inclusion Award, with Amicus winning Small Employer of the Year.

For more information on the awards, click here


For more information contact Dan Pritchard in the EDF Energy Media Relations Team on 01392 813783. Follow us on Twitter @EDFEnergyComms.

Denise Keating, Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion, Denise.keating@enei.org.uk / 07850 002 524.

Chantal Heckford, Lansons Communications, chantalh@lansons.com / 07801 748683.

Notes to editors:

About Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (enei)

Incorporating the Employers Forum on Age (EFA) and the Employers Forum on Belief (EFB), Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (enei) is the UK’s leading employer network covering all aspects of equality and inclusion issues in the workplace. It is the only not for profit organisation in the UK supporting employers on all of the protected characteristics within the Equality Act 2010.