Leadership Commitment & AccountabilityThe culture, accountability and support of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) starts at the top with how we lead. Diversity, equity and inclusion is at the core of everything we do, and our leadership teams are focused on goals and transparency, supplier diversity, philanthropic giving, support of human rights and our companywide, leadership-led diversity and inclusion council.
Setting goals and creating transparencyDuke Energy has established diversity targets to serve as goal markers for moving the needle. We are committed and hold ourselves accountable for making progress. Each senior business leader has a D&I Action Plan designed for impact.
In 2020, we built on the diversity data that was shared previously to provide more insight and transparency toward our journey. This data can be found in the 2020 Sustainability Report.
Enterprise Diversity & Inclusion Advisory CouncilThis council was formed in 2020 to serve as advisors for continuous improvement of our DEI program work, and development of actionable outcomes and results. Areas of focus come directly from the voice of employees as a roadmap for an engaging and inclusive workplace and community.
The council is led by Dhiaa Jamil, Chief Operating Officer, and includes leaders from all business units, as well as employee resource group representatives.
D&I TrainingUnconscious Bias and Inclusive Leadership training has been offered at Duke Energy as a part of our learning portfolio. As a result of the more than 550 Pathways to Inclusion conversations we had in 2020 with employees, we heard very clearly that more in-depth training was needed to build skills and knowledge around cultural awareness and building inclusive teams. This additional training was piloted in 2020 and executed in 2021.
Support of Human RightsHuman rights are the basic rights and freedoms to which all humans are entitled. Duke Energy was one of the first companies in our industry to adopt a Human Rights Policy that outlines practices and policies to ensure an ongoing commitment to and respect for human rights.
Supplier DiversityDuke Energy has spent more than $1 billion annually over the past five years with minority-, women-, veteran-, service-disabled veteran-owned and federal HUBZone certified businesses. The spending has grown an average of 10 percent per year.
It is our privilege, policy and practice to proactively seek and build relationships with diverse suppliers. Through Supplier Diversity, we build relationships with diverse businesses capable of providing commodities and services at competitive prices. These relationships also help to strengthen the economy and increase business opportunities for everyone.