E.ON has been named as one of the top 50 UK employers for promoting an inclusive environment for a diverse workforce.
The energy giant, which employs about 5,000 people in Nottinghamshire, was ranked 46th in the Inclusive UK Employers 2017 list, revealed at the Excellence in Diversity Awards.
It recognises UK-based organisations that promote inclusion across all areas of diversity – including age, disability, gender, sexuality, race, faith and religion – throughout each level of employment within the company.
Dave Newborough, E.ON UK’s HR director, said: “We’re extremely proud that E.ON UK is the only energy company to reach the Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers list.
“At E.ON we’re committed to integrating diversity and inclusion into everything we do and recognise that it’s vital for us to be able to offer the best service to our diverse customer base and so it’s fantastic to get recognition for our commitment in this area.”
Organisations on the list had to provide evidence on issues such as recruitment procedures, training and other diversity-related initiatives to prove their inclusive policy.
Other employers that were recognised included Bloomberg, Sky, Ernst & Young, Thomson Reuters and the House of Lords.
Paul Sesay, of the Inclusive Top 50 team, said: “The list recognises the outstanding efforts of employers that are on a journey to reinforce their commitment to attracting and retaining a truly diverse workforce, achieving equality, diversity and inclusion at its purest form.”
E.ON is a member of the Energy and Utility Skills Partnership, a collaboration of 29 sector employers working together to address current and future skills and workforce issues.
It published the first-ever strategic workforce and skills strategy for the whole sector.
Chief executive Nick Ellins said: “Congratulations to E.ON. This is a fantastic achievement and well-deserved.
“The Energy and utilities sector needs to recruit 221,000 people over the next 10 years, with 20 percent of its workforce retiring over that same period.
“Raising awareness of the sector and attracting candidates from the broadest range of skills and abilities possible, irrespective of gender, ethnic background or sexuality is vital to correct to imbalances that exist in the sector.”
Source : Nottingham Post.