As one of the nation's premier energy companies, NextEra Energy is 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.
At NextEra Energy, we define diversity 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.
The African American Professional Employee Group supports schools in South Florida. Members work with the SECME Olympiad program to help design and run competitions to build electric generators and work as volunteers for the program's events.
Employees representing Colombia serve traditional Colombian dishes to their coworkers at the annual Heritage Festival, where employees gather to celebrate the diverse cultures of our workforce.
The Asian Professionals in Energy Exchange group hosted a Chinese New Year lunch-and-learn event to give employees a chance to explore this annual cultural celebration.
At an event sponsored by NextEra’s Women in Energy group, employees were treated to a special visit by Toni Jennings, a former Lt. Governor of Florida and a member of NextEra Energy’s board of directors.
Our Talent Acquisition team partners with key veteran and diversity organizations – both regional and national – targeting 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.
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.