WASHINGTON – The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) has awarded Duke Energy the top honor in the electric utility association’s 2017 Business Diversity Awards program.
The annual awards program recognizes companies for their efforts in advancing purchasing opportunities for diverse suppliers, including minority-, female-, veteran- and LGBTQ-owned businesses within the electric power industry.
Duke Energy earned the industry’s overall Excellence Award for its efforts to improve business diversity and inclusion.
Duke Energy developed an innovative approach to relationship-building by hosting several business development events in 2016 and promoting the personal and professional development of supplier representatives.
The company also sponsored various educational workshops, industry seminars, and other activities presented by partner community economic development organizations.
Duke Energy continues to proactively seek diverse suppliers. These efforts have made lasting positive effects on economic development locally, regionally, and nationally.
“Congratulations to Duke Energy for winning this year’s Excellence Award for the company’s comprehensive initiatives and commitment to diversity and inclusion,” said EEI President Tom Kuhn. “Duke Energy has developed beneficial programs to support minority-owned businesses and truly values a diverse supplier base that reflects the communities Duke Energy serves.”
“At Duke Energy, we value diverse skills, experiences, perspectives and backgrounds, and understand how important diversity and inclusion is in powering the lives of our customers and the vitality of our communities,” said Duke Energy’s Senior Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer Swati Daji. “We are honored to be recognized by our industry for our business diversity achievements with our suppliers.”
EEI is the association that represents all U.S. investor-owned electric companies. Our members provide electricity for 220 million Americans, and operate in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. As a whole, the electric power industry supports more than 7 million jobs in communities across the United States. In addition to our U.S. members, EEI has more than 60 international electric companies as International Members, and hundreds of industry suppliers and related organizations as Associate Members.
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