For the third consecutive year, DiversityInc has ranked Ameren Corp. first in the United States on its 2017 listing of the nation’s Top 5 Utilities.
Since 2010, Ameren has been recognized among DiversityInc’s top utilities for creating an inclusive workplace, supporting the diverse communities it serves and developing strong partnerships with diverse suppliers.
“We are honored to be recognized by DiversityInc as the top utility in the nation for a third consecutive year,” said Sharon Harvey Davis, Ameren’s vice president of diversity and inclusion and its chief diversity officer. “Fostering and celebrating diversity in our workplace and in the communities we serve continues to be a priority for our leadership team and our co-workers.”
The DiversityInc honor is the latest in a series of recent recognitions highlighting Ameren’s ongoing commitment to creating an inclusive and diverse workplace. In April, Black EOE Journal named Ameren to its list of the Best of the Best 2017 Top Utilities, Energy, Gas & Oil Companies. In December 2016, The Business Equality Network (BEQ Pride Magazine) honored Ameren with the 2017 LGBTQ Business Equality Excellence Award.
“A culture that strongly embraces diversity and inclusion enables us to better understand and meet the needs of our diverse customer populations, enhances engagement among our co-workers that drives innovative solutions to meet our customer’s energy needs and expectations, as well as recruit and retain the best talent,” said Warner Baxter, chairman, president and CEO of Ameren Corp. “We also believe that providing diverse-owned businesses with an opportunity to partner with Ameren in providing quality goods and services to our customers enhances our service and helps drive the growth of the communities we serve.”
Ameren’s employee resource groups reflect the diverse population the company serves and employs, and they provide insight and support of all of Ameren’s diversity and inclusion efforts. These groups, comprising more than 1,000 employees, commit to a mission and annual strategic business plan that supports Ameren’s business goals and objectives, community outreach, and the education and engagement of co-workers. These groups include Ameren Military-Veteran Employees; Ameren Network of Minority Employees; Powering Connections for All Abilities; Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual, Transgender Employees and Allies Network; Multi-Generational Resource Group; Women Influencing Success in Energy; and AGILE (Ameren Group of Integrated Latino Employees), which formed in 2016.
— From the Illinois Business Journal