We promote diversity and inclusion as a core value, as reflected in our Code of Conduct and corporate diversity policy. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion goes beyond human resource policies and practices. It is an integral part of who we are, how we operate and how we see our future.
We define diversity as differences in people (ethnicity, gender, age, race, national origin, disability, religion and sexual orientation), as well as differences in their thought processes, educational background, work experiences, personalities, lifestyles and cultural backgrounds. Inclusion is the act of building an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity. An inclusive work culture provides all employees with equal access to employment opportunities and development.
Each Xcel Energy employee has the power to make a difference when it comes to creating an inclusive environment. We encourage our employees to remember Diversity Exists: Inclusion is My Responsibility.
In 2012, more than 1,500 Xcel Energy employees participated in half-day diversity and inclusion training sessions that were conducted throughout our service territory. The classes were designed to provide knowledge, insight and skills to manage diverse teams and create an inclusive culture.
We seek diversity on our board of directors. In 2012, we had three women on our 12-member board of directors, one of whom is African American. We also have one board member who is Latino.
Learn more about our diversity and inclusion initiatives, including our supplier diversity program.
We published our first corporate responsibility report (formerly known as the Triple Bottom Line report) in April 2005, with the contents covering the 2004 calendar year, and we have published a similar report in each following year. Our report is based on Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G3 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines, the most widely used sustainability reporting framework in the world. Additionally, we incorporate the GRI’s Electric Utilities Sector Supplement indicators wherever possible.