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 and retaining great people at all levels. A key part of that commitment is to attract and maintain a diverse and multi-generational workforce that can help us meet the continually evolving needs of our customers. 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
In 2016, for the second consecutive year, NextEra Energy 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 1,200 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 2016.
"The [Corporate Diversity] Council competed against a national field of 1,279 ERGs, BRGs and diversity councils to make the Top 25 for the second consecutive year. This is a testament to the impact this group is having on their workforce, marketplace and community," said Fernando Serpa, executive director of the Association of ERGs and Councils.
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In 2017, FPL received the Corporation of the Year Ascension Award from the Palm Beach County Black Chamber of Commerce. This was the first year such an award designation was given by this Chamber. The Ascension Awards recognizes black businesses, business leaders and individuals who have made significant contributions to the economic vibrancy of Palm Beach County and beyond.
- 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 the activities of our 11 Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), such as developing strategies to leverage and engage the groups within business units, modeling inclusive behaviors at all levels throughout the organization, and building diverse and inclusive leadership teams.
More than 1,800 of our team members are actively engaged in these ERGs:
- 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 2016, we attended 38 career events with diverse organizations, including the American Association of Blacks in Energy, the National Black MBA Association, the National Society of Women Engineers, LatPro Diversity Bilingual Career Fair, American Indian Science and Engineering Society, Equal Opportunity Publications (expos) and many others.
Military Recruiting and Partnerships: In partnership with the Non-Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA), the Transition Assistance Program (TAP), the Navy's Fleet and Family Support Center, VetReady and other military organizations, our recruiting team participated in 43 military/veteran career events throughout the country in 2016.
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 a pipeline of new talent and creates an environment where candidate and company can explore the potential for full-time employment in the future.