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Duke Energy is proud to be named by Forbes’ as one of America’s Best Employers for Women.

We serve diverse communities in an increasingly complex world. That is why we pursue a strategy that integrates diversity, equity and inclusion into everything we do.

This announcement reflects Duke Energy’s long-standing commitment to create a workforce that’s representative of the communities we serve, as well as with the suppliers and providers with whom we partner to serve our customers.

Strengthening a culture of inclusion is more important than ever before. It takes every employee within the company understanding their part in making each other feel welcomed, respected, heard and valued for the perspectives they bring to the company. The different cultures, faces and perspectives and backgrounds bring us together to make us a stronger company, a more engaged corporate citizen and a place where people are empowered to reach their full potential.

Among the programs that Duke Energy offers to advance diversity, equity and inclusion are:

  • A 20-year-old network of Employee Resource Groups representing women, African Americans, Hispanics, people with disabilities, new employees, veterans, Asian Americans and the LGBT community that work to address the needs of employees, communities and customers.
  • Duke Energy offers mothers and fathers fully paid parental leave – totaling six weeks – to allow for bonding, bolster work-family balance and help attract and retain highly skilled workers. Duke Energy’s other family-focused employee benefits include a $5,000 reimbursement for costs associated with adopting a child, generous vacation time, paid sick leave, and paid time off to care for a sick or injured child, parent or other family member.
  • Diversity Councils that sponsor local diversity, equity and inclusion education and awareness activities, and support our diverse customers through volunteerism and community outreach.
  • ​More than $30 million annually in charitable contributions to support diversity, equity and inclusion within our communities, focusing on education, workforce development and environmental programs. In 2020, funding has been in support of COVID-19 relief and social justice and racial equity programs.

Forbes partnered with market research company Statista to create the ranking of America’s best employers for women. The list was compiled by surveying 75,000 Americans working for businesses with at least 1,000 employees. Employees were surveyed during March and April 2020

Visit our website to learn more about Duke Energy’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.