Diversity

Our commitment to social justice and racial equity

The events of 2020 once again illuminated the issue of systemic racism and inequity suffered by many Americans in the United States. Internally, we listened, learned and related to one another through more than 550 Pathways to Inclusion sessions. These conversations were also an opportunity for employees to share ways to make our workplace more inclusive.

In addition, the Duke Energy Foundation committed more than $2 million to social justice and racial equity organizations with $1 million in employee-directed grants. Employees from an employee-led resource group, Advocates for African Americans, and from company D&I Councils worked to identify local organizations. The company will continue to engage employees, local organizations and leaders to understand how to be a part of the long-term solutions our communities seek.

Strengthening a culture of inclusion

The culture, accountability and support for diversity and inclusion (D&I) starts at the top with our leadership team. We work hard to provide a culture that ensures employees feel welcomed, respected, heard and valued – and able to bring the best version of themselves to work every day. An empowered diverse workforce and inclusive workplace makes us a stronger company and provides a competitive advantage for connecting with the ever-changing needs of our customers and communities. 

Duke Energy's D&I foundation is built on these principles:
  • Leadership commitment and accountability 
  • Improving the diversity of our workforce and leadership 
  • Strengthening our culture of inclusion
We believe transparency is an important part of our journey and aspirational targets are markers for D&I progress. Our diversity data will continue to be noted in the Workforce Performance Metrics section of our Sustainability Report to follow our progress each year.

We're proud of our diversity and inclusion efforts – some of which have been recognized nationally. But we know much more work is needed to turn actions into results. We are committed to this journey and know that our success makes us stronger as a company and a community.
 
  • Attract, engage and retain a diverse workforce

  • Create an inclusive workplace where everyone is empowered

  • Embrace diverse perspectives: culture, background, race, gender and more

  • Meet the needs of our increasingly diverse customers

  • Do business with diverse suppliers

  • Address barriers to diversity and inclusion within our organization

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