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NextEra Energy Honored As a Top U.S. Company for Diversity and Inclusion
Clean energy leader is the only large national electric utility to make the Top 25
JUNO BEACH, Fla., Dec. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE) today announced that for the second consecutive year the Association of ERGs and Councils has named NextEra Energy a recipient of its premier national award that celebrates the outstanding achievements of employee resource groups (ERGs), business resource groups (BRGs) and diversity councils. In its eighth year, the ERG and Council Honors Award™ recognizes organizations committed to diversity and inclusion for their programs' results, management commitment, measurement and accountability, and communication and education. NextEra Energy again this year was the only large U.S. electric utility company to receive a Top 25 ranking.
"At NextEra Energy, our team of 14,300 talented employees is our greatest competitive advantage," said Jim Robo, chairman and chief executive officer of NextEra Energy. "We're always working to strengthen our team and one way we do so is by making our workplace more inclusive. Being recognized today for our strong track record in diversity and inclusion speaks directly to that effort. I'm very proud of our entire team, including the many NextEra Energy employees who are active in our employee resource groups, as well as other activities that foster an inclusive culture. Whether they're learning new skills, serving customers in new ways, or taking on special community projects, it's really all about delivering sustainable value."
"NextEra Energy's Corporate Diversity Council scored very high in accountability and high in the areas of talent management, creating a culture of inclusion, middle management demonstrated commitment and communication," said Fernando Serpa, executive director of the Association of ERGs and Councils. "The Council competed against a national field of 1,279 ERGs, BRGs and diversity councils to make the Top 25 for the second consecutive year. This is a testament to the impact this group is having on their workforce, marketplace and community."
NextEra Energy's Corporate Diversity Council provides strategic oversight, guidance and direction to corporate-wide engagement, diversity and inclusion initiatives by ensuring alignment with business objectives and collaboration across business units. The council is also responsible for overseeing activities of the company's 11 ERGs, including developing strategies to leverage and engage the groups in the corporate diversity and inclusion strategy, career development, skill building and community involvement. This overall strategy helps make the company smarter, more adaptable and more reflective of its customer base.
Among the numerous NextEra Energy initiatives processed and scored for this recognition are:
The ERG and Council Honors Award™ is the latest recognition for NextEra Energy, which has long been committed to building a top-notch workforce and challenging its team to help solve America's energy challenges sustainably and responsibly. During the past year alone, the company has been recognized as being No.1 in the electric and gas utilities industry on Fortune magazine's 2016 "World's Most Admired Companies" list and A World's Most Ethical Company® by the Ethisphere Institute for the ninth time.
See the complete list of honorees, as well as additional information on this awards program, at
http://www.ergcouncilconference.com/honors-award-2016-recipients.html. Learn more about NextEra Energy's diversity and inclusion strategies and activities by viewing its most recent corporate responsibility report at www.NextEraEnergy.com/crr.
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