Dow Jones Sustainability Index NextEra Energy was named in 2011, 2010 and 2009 to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) of the leading companies in North America for corporate sustainability. The DJSI North America selects the top 20 percent of companies in sustainability performance from the 600 largest companies in North America.
Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index NextEra Energy was named in 2010, 2009 and 2008 to the Climate Disclosure Leadership Index by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), a not-for-profit organization that reports on the business risks and opportunities of climate change on behalf of 534 institutional investors with $64 trillion in assets under management. Compiled by PriceWaterhouseCoopers on behalf of CDP, the Climate Disclosure Leadership Index highlights companies within the S&P 500 Index that have displayed the most professional approach to climate disclosure practices.
Global 100 Most Sustainable Large Corporations NextEra Energy in 2009 was selected one of the Global 100 most sustainable large corporations in the world by Corporate Knights and Innovest. The announcement, made at the Davos World Economic Forum in Switzerland, marked the fifth straight year the company was included on the list.
Southeastern Electric Exchange Chairman's Award Florida Power & Light was recognized in 2010 by the Southeastern Electric Exchange (SEE) for outstanding performance in constructing the largest solar photovoltaic power plant in the United States – the 25-megawatt DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center. SEE gives its Chairman's Award annually to the project it deems "best of the best" among all entrants in its 11 award categories. Capable of powering 3,000 homes with renewable energy, the DeSoto facility was completed months ahead of schedule and more than $22 million under budget.
U.S. Green Building Council Certification NextEra Energy's Juno Beach, Fla., campus, including Florida Power & Light's headquarters, has achieved the prestigious Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification for existing buildings. LEED is the U.S. Green Building Council's leading rating system for designating the world's greenest, most energy-efficient, and high performing buildings. Key achievements that led to the certification include heating, ventilation and air conditioning improvements, lighting upgrades, water management and recycling programs, and changes to specifications for paper, carpet and other materials.
EEI National Key Accounts Award The nation's leading chain and multi-site businesses recognized FPL with the Edison Electric Institute's 2011 National Key Accounts Award for Outstanding Customer Service. The award is given to companies that provide service to national account organizations above and beyond normal expectations by truly recognizing and responding to the account's "uniqueness." More than 700 companies voted in the awards program, including national brands such as Best Buy, HealthSouth, Staples, Starwood Hotels, The Limited and Walmart.
Eye on Innovation In recognition of the company's leadership role in using low-carbon vehicles, FPL earned the 2008 National Biodiesel Board's Eye on Biodiesel Award for Initiative, the 2008 National Association of Fleet Administrator's Green Fleet Award, and the 2007 Council for Sustainable Florida Large Business Best Practice Award.
TreeLine USA For ten consecutive years through 2012, Florida Power & Light has been recognized as a Tree Line USA utility. Sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters, the recognition is afforded utilities that demonstrate quality tree care practices, annual worker training, and public education programs such as FPL's Right Tree, Right Place campaign.
Governor's Green to Gold In 2008, Enterprise Florida presented the state's Green to Gold Award to NextEra Energy. The honor is presented annually to companies or organizations focused on developing green products and advocating for sustainable management of resources.
Fortune World's Most Admired Companies In 2013, NextEra Energy was named No. 1 in its industry sector for an unprecedented seventh straight year on Fortune magazine's listing of "Most Admired Companies." In that same Fortune survey, the company was named No. 1 in its sector in innovation and No. 1 in social responsibility.
Solar Electric Power Association Utility CEO of the Year FPL President and CEO Armando Olivera was named Utility CEO of the Year at the Solar Power International conference in Dallas, Texas, on Oct. 19, 2011.
Platts' Power Company of the Year In 2009, NextEra Energy received Power Company of the Year honors against a field of 200 international competitors at the Platts Global Energy Awards held in New York City. Nominees for Power Company of the Year are evaluated based on their ability to develop and implement a strategic plan that "optimizes performance and growth while taking an aggressive, proactive approach toward a radically altered business and trading environment." The specific judging criteria are financial results, operational excellence, innovation and strategic vision.
EEI Index Award for Highest Total Shareholder Return In 2009, the Edison Electric Institute presented its EEI Index Award to NextEra Energy. The EEI Index of shareholder-owned electric utilities is a peer group index that values total return on each electric utility over a five-year period, thus providing a benchmark for long-term financial performance. For the five-year period ending Sept. 30, 2009, NextEra Energy was the top ranking large-cap company, with a 90 percent return. That return was the highest of all EEI Index companies.
Most Responsible Companies in Corporate Governance On corporate governance, NextEra Energy was one of only 43 companies out of more than 4,200 evaluated to receive a perfect score of 10.0 from Governance Metrics International. The ratings are based on six broad categories: board accountability, financial disclosure and internal controls, shareholder rights, remuneration, market for control, and corporate behavior.
Energy Biz "CEO of the Year" In 2011, EnergyBiz magazine named NextEra Energy Chairman and CEO Lew Hay "CEO of the Year," recognizing the value proposition FPL offers customers in the form of low bills, high reliability and a clean power generating fleet.
Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Ernst & Young presented Chairman and CEO Lew Hay its "Florida Lifetime Achievement Award" in June 2010 at its Entrepreneur of the Year ceremony. The award is given to "men and women who put everything on the line in order to translate an idea into a viable, sustainable enterprise." Lew was recognized for helping transform NextEra Energy into one of the largest, cleanest and most profitable electric power companies in the nation. "I want to thank our 15,000 employees for making these achievements possible," he said.
EEI Advocacy Excellence In 2011, NextEra Energy received Honorable Mention from the Edison Electric Institute for its grassroots advocacy to encourage Congress to avert a hike of as much as 164 percent in dividend tax rates. An increase could have had a major negative impact on the electric power industry. As a result of the efforts of NextEra Energy and its colleagues, current dividend tax rates for all taxpayers were extended.
EEI Supplier Diversity Vendor Opportunity Award In 2010, NextEra Energy received the Edison Electric Institute's Supplier Diversity Vendor Opportunity Award. This honor is special in that, according to EEI, it is the result of votes of diverse suppliers themselves for the EEI member utility company or individual that in their opinion has done the most to provide opportunities for small and diverse suppliers.
Computerworld 100 Best Places to Work in IT In 2012, NextEra Energy was selected as one of the 100 Best Places to Work in Information Technology (IT) by IDG's Computerworld. The list recognizes the top 100 organizations that challenge their IT staffs while providing a great work environment, benefits and compensation.
Southern Florida Minority Supplier Development The Southern Florida Minority Supplier Development Council awarded FPL with the 2010 "Local Corporation of the Year Award," the highest award presented to a current local corporate member of the Council. This award recognizes a corporation for consistently demonstrating a commitment to minority purchasing, as well as technical and managerial assistance and sponsorship of minority programs.
Ethisphere Most Ethical Companies For the sixth year, NextEra Energy in 2013 has been named one of the World's Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute. According to Ethisphere, the World's Most Ethical Companies designation recognizes a company's "outstanding commitment to ethical leadership, compliance practices, and corporate social responsibility." Of the 145 firms named to the World's Most Ethical Companies list this year, only four were from the electric utilities sector.
100 Best Corporate Citizens Corporate Responsibility magazine named NextEra Energy one of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens in the U.S. in 2010.
ServiceOne Award for Exceptional Customer Service In 2011, Florida Power & Light again earned the ServiceOne Award for exceptional customer service, which is presented annually to utility companies by the worldwide consulting firm PA Consulting Group. FPL is the only utility to win this award eight consecutive years. The company achieved first quartile performance based on 27 objective measures of excellence. FPL also received ServiceOne Balanced Scorecard Achievement Awards for its customer care, billing, meter reading and field meters departments. These awards recognize excellence in specific areas of customer service.
E SOURCE Honors for Large Business Customer Satisfaction FPL earned first place in the national 2011 E SOURCE Gap and Priority Benchmark survey for value provided to its large business customers. FPL received high scores in all categories, including satisfaction with account representatives and value provided relative to the price paid for energy.
A Leader in Hispanic Diversity NextEra Energy was named by Hispanic Business magazine in both 2011 and 2010 as one of the nation's leading companies for diversity. To determine the list, the magazine analyzed data on companies' boards of directors and leadership, recruitment, retention and promotion, marketing and community outreach, and supplier diversity.
Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles In 2010, for the fifth time, NextEra Energy received the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles recognition from the National Business Group on Health for our innovative health promotion programs. The measurable results of our NextEra Energy Health & Well-Being program qualified us to be recognized.
OSHA Honors Power Plants for Exemplary Safety and Health Records In 2010, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration awarded FPL's Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Gas Turbine Power Park and Putnam plants and NextEra Energy Resources' Marcus Hook, Forney, Calhoun and Rhode Island State Energy Center plants with STAR awards in its Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). The VPP promotes effective worksite-based safety and health, and the STAR status is reserved for worksites that implement exemplary programs and achieve injury and illness rates below the national average for their respective industries.
Best Corporations for Veteran-Owned Businesses Vetrepreneur magazine, the voice of the National Veteran-Owned Business Association, gave FPL honorable mention in its compilation of the 2011 Best 10 Corporations for Veteran-Owned Businesses.
Start Fit Company The American Heart Association recognized NextEra Energy as a Start Fit Company for offering its employees a comprehensive health and fitness program.
Most Admired in Human Resources Human Resource Executive magazine listed NextEra Energy as one of 50 U.S. and international companies most admired in the human resources attributes of people management, innovation, product/service quality, and management quality.