Social Indicators

Social Indicators

Management Approach

We believe that our success is directly linked to the communities we serve.

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EU19

Stakeholder participation in energy planning and infrastructure development

We use a variety of collaborative processes and events to help plan and implement energy-related projects. 

An example is our ongoing work to proactively manage water resources through engagement with a wide range of stakeholders. See Catawba-Wateree Relicensing  for a discussion of our collaborative approach to water and watershed management. 

Some of our "affiliations" are listed on our website, but there are many more at regional, state and local levels.

Also, please see indicator EU10 for a brief discussion of our integrated resource planning process.

EU20

Management of displacement impacts

We avoid displacement of anyone to the extent feasible by careful planning during the siting phases of major projects. If displacement is unavoidable, we make fair compensation for any property transaction.

EU21

Contingency planning for emergencies and recovery plans

We have internal teams responsible for emergency preparedness and response. Operations groups engage in emergency and disaster response drills and planning. See more on our many programs to ensure safety and emergency preparedness.

     

Community

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Programs to assess and manage operational impacts on communities

We engage a wide variety of stakeholders from the communities we serve. See Our Stakeholders and What Matters Most.

Environmental and social impact studies are conducted for major new facilities as part of regulatory approval processes. See also EC8 and EC9.

Number of people displaced

Displacement is very rare. See EU20 above.

     

Corruption

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Percent and number of business units analyzed for corruption risk

All business units are subject to corruption risk analyses.

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Percent of employees trained in anti-corruption policies and procedures

All employees receive periodic training in anti-corruption policies and procedures through the Code of Business Ethics (CoBE) training. Newly hired employees are required to complete the CoBE training within 30 days of being hired.

Employees who are likely to be involved in business dealings with foreign officials, who oversee third parties acting on behalf of the company in a foreign country or who travel to foreign countries on company business, receive comprehensive training on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance and other anti-bribery provisions.

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Actions taken in response to corruption incidents

Employees or managers who do not comply with our Code of Business Ethics are subject to corrective action, up to and including termination of employment.  An analysis of incidents relating to employee misconduct is presented at each Board of Directors' Audit Committee meeting. This analysis compares the number of incidents to the prior period, reviews incidents by allegation type and examines incidents by business segment. 

Duke Energy’s EthicsLine is an independent service for employees and others to seek guidance on ethical, legal or policy issues or to report suspected misconduct. The following table shows annualized Duke Energy statistics for 2017, and comparisons to other companies using similar reporting tools. Approximately 19% of the reports received in 2017 were substantiated.

Chart showing ethical violation reports per 100 employees
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Public Policy

Public policy positions and participation in public policy development and lobbying

We post executive perspectives on our external website and discuss political involvement in our Sustainability Report.

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Total value of financial and in-kind contributions for political purposes

Please see Encouraging Civic Participation  in our Sustainability Report. More information on our political contributions is on our Political Participation webpage.

     

Anti-Competitive Behavior

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Number of legal actions for non-competitive behavior

See our Form 10-K/A filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. (A search on the word litigation in this document leads to several references.

Compliance

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Significant fines paid for non-compliance with regulations

See our Form 10-K/A filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (A search on the word litigation in this document leads to several references). Also see the table entitled Environmental Regulatory Citations in the Environmental Performance Metrics section of our Sustainability Report.

Chart showing ethical violation reports per 100 employees