PG&E Employee Resource Group Ranked First Among U.S. Companies in U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Corporate Challenge
Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) Latino Employee Resource Group
was named as the nation’s top Hispanic ERG at the U.S.
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s (USHCC) sixth annual ERG Summit and
Corporate Challenge. The utility, one of five finalists and the lone
regional nominee, received the top honor at the USHCC’s national
convention on Sept. 21 in Houston.
The award was based on four criteria, which align with PG&E’s goals of
providing safe, reliable, affordable and clean energy services to its
1. Careers: How the ERG helps accelerate development and
advancement of its members within the company.
2. Community: The ERG’s involvement with academic scholarships
and within the utility’s service area.
3. Culture: Efforts that create inclusion and raise the cultural
pride felt by their community.
4. Commerce: Participation in the company’s marketing and
PG&E’s Latino ERG received the honor for:
Holding employee workshops on personal development (such as creating
personal development plans and how to develop leadership skills).
Participation in various community efforts (like collecting
long-sleeve shirts for Central Valley farm workers and holding an annual
youth camp for students from underserved areas).
Having a presence at events which help promote the utility’s cultural
diversity (such as Carnaval San Francisco and Festival de Nopal).
Working with local organizations and Hispanic media to educate the
Latino community on energy efficiency programs, gas and electric
safety and calling 811 before digging.
“Our Latino ERG has consistently shown how we can work together to build
a better California. They’ve inspired Hispanic employees to achieve
their full potential. They’ve empowered Hispanics within our communities
through scholarships, educated them on our energy services and improved
their quality of life through sponsoring various local events. The
Latino ERG has set an example for our other nine ERGs to follow,” said
Laura Butler, PG&E vice president of talent management and chief
For more than 30 years, PG&E’s Latino ERG (one of the oldest in the
company) has been committed to improving the professional development of
its members while helping the communities within the company’s service
area. The main purpose of the ERG is to increase the role of
Hispanic/Latino employees within the company. Since 2004, the Latino ERG
has also awarded more than $500,000 in college
scholarships to students.
PG&E Named to the USHCC’s “Million Dollar Club”
In addition, PG&E was named to the USHCC’s “Million Dollar Club” for the
second consecutive year. The utility was honored for spending $477
million with Hispanic-owned businesses in 2014. PG&E was inducted into
the Million Dollar Club during the organization’s national convention on
Sept. 22 in Houston.
The Million Dollar Club was established to recognize corporations and
procurement executives who demonstrate an unwavering commitment to
Hispanic business enterprises through their work with Hispanic
suppliers. The 2015 honorees invested a minimum of $25 million to more
than $400 million in Hispanic-owned businesses.
“Our many business partnerships, including those in the Hispanic
community, have helped these enterprises to grow, hire and strengthen
California’s economy. These relationships not only reflect our diverse
customer base, but also help us work together in building a better
California to deliver safe, reliable, affordable and clean energy,” said
Gun Shim, PG&E vice president of supply chain management.
PG&E has spent more
than $2 billion with diverse suppliers for three consecutive years.
In fact, diverse suppliers have accounted for more than 40 percent of
the utility’s total spend for two straight years. PG&E has also
surpassed the California Public Utilities Commission’s diverse spending
goal of 21.5 percent for nine consecutive years.
In the last five years, PG&E’s total spend with Hispanic-owned
businesses has increased 86 percent ($477,513,257 in 2014 from
$256,408,228 in 2010). In that same period, spend with Hispanic
male-owned enterprises has gone up 93 percent ($366,147,457 from
$189,869,798) and Hispanic female-owned enterprises spend has seen a 67
percent rise ($111,365,800 from $66,538,430).
Over the last 12 months, PG&E has been very active in strengthening and
improving relationships with its diverse suppliers. For example, the
utility has played host to business-building workshops for veteran-,
enterprises. Earlier this year, PG&E was recognized as one of America’s
top corporations for support of women’s business enterprises in 2014
by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E
Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas
and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco,
with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the
nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and
Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com/
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