Achieving success in business begins with people.
As one of the nation's premier energy companies, we at NextEra Energy are committed to recruiting, developing, rewarding and retaining great people at all levels. A key part of that commitment is to attract and maintain a diverse workforce that can help us meet the continually evolving needs of our customers and others with a stake in our success. To reinforce our commitment, we continue to develop and implement corporate-wide diversity and inclusion training for all of our employees and further strengthen our Corporate Diversity Council and Employee Resource Groups (ERGs).
At NextEra Energy, we define diversity very broadly. We provide an inclusive work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, age, sex, national origin, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetics, disability or protected veteran status. We also appreciate generational differences in thought, style, technical and functional capabilities or leadership. When talented employees from varied backgrounds are engaged and contributing to our business success, we all benefit.
NextEra Energy Honored As a Top U.S. Company for Diversity and Inclusion
NextEra Energy in 2015 received the ERG and Council Honors Award™, which recognizes, honors and celebrates the outstanding contributions and achievements of Employee Resource Groups and Diversity Councils. Competing with more than 500 other participants − all judged on their programs’ results, management commitment, measurement and accountability, and communication and education – we are the only large U.S. electric utility company to receive a Top 25 ranking in 2015.
“NextEra Energy’s Corporate Diversity Council scored high in the areas of building a culture of inclusion, demonstrated management commitment, measurement, and workforce and member education,” said Debbie Smith Rayford, executive director of the Association of ERGs and Councils. “That the company made the Top 25 on its first application is impressive.”
NextEra Energy Goes "Above and Beyond" for Military Employees
For the second year, NextEra Energy received the Above and Beyond Award from the Florida state committee of the Department of Defense’s Employer Support of Guard and Reserve (ESGR) program. This award recognizes our policies, practices and programs that that go “above and beyond” in supporting employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve, their families and the military community.
Today, as key elements of our Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan, we’re expanding community involvement and networking activities with veterans organizations. We’re establishing outreach plans, partnerships and memberships with professional and college organizations that represent and support veterans. And we’re strengthening apprenticeship programs to include veterans.
- Corporate Diversity Council and Employee Resource Groups
NextEra Energy's Corporate Diversity Council provides strategic oversight, guidance, and direction to corporate-wide diversity and inclusion initiatives by ensuring alignment with business objectives and collaboration across business units. The council is also responsible for overseeing activities of our 11 Employee Resource Groups, such as developing strategies to leverage and engage the groups within business units, modeling inclusive behaviors through active mentorship, and building diverse and inclusive leadership teams.
More than 1,300 of our team members are actively engaged in these Employee Resource Groups:
- Encouraging Diversity through Recruiting Practices
Our Talent Acquisition team partners with key veteran and diversity organizations, both regional and national, targeting many diverse groups including women, African Americans, Hispanics and people with disabilities, with a focus on attracting qualified diverse talent to become part of our great company.
Professional Diversity Organizations and Events: In 2015, we attended 37 career events with diverse organizations, including the American Association of Blacks in Energy, the National Black MBA Association, the National Society of Hispanic MBA Association, the National Society of Women Engineers, LatPro Diversity Bilingual Career Fair, American Indian Science and Engineering Society, Equal Opportunity Publication and many others.
Military Recruiting and Partnerships: In partnership with the Non-Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA), the Transition Assistance Program (TAP), The Navy Fleet and Family Support Center, VetReady and other military organizations, our recruiting team participated in 40 military/veteran career events throughout the country in 2015.
College Recruiting and NEXT Intern Program: We're always looking for the best and the brightest college students and graduates to help us shape the future of clean and renewable energy. This year, our recruiting team attended more than 50 on-campus events. We look to partner with schools that have diverse populations in addition to top programs. By affording students relevant work experience on challenging projects and assignments, the internship program provides the opportunity to develop new talent and test candidates for a right 'fit' for potential full-time employment in the future.