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An employer to feel better about!

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An employer to feel better about!

EDF Energy: an employer to feel better about

EDF Energy is dedicated to building a low carbon energy future for customers. But as a company, we’re about more than just that. We’re about the people who work with us – celebrating their diversities and capturing the value that their differences bring. We believe that a culture of inclusion forms the basis of a truly sustainable business and is vital to shaping a strong and fresh-thinking organisation.

Recruiting from the widest possible pool of talent and assessing every potential employee against our four key behaviours – Integrity, Inclusion, Inspiration and Impact – we make sure that our workforce is a true reflection of our communities and customers. Their unique perspectives not only give us a better understanding of customers from all walks of life, but bring fresh ideas on nuclear safety too. And, ultimately, achieving Zero Harm is our number one priority.

Employee networks

Our attitude towards diversity is reinforced by our various employee networks – Inspire: LGBT Supporters Network, BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) Network, Disability and Carers Network and the Women’s Network. These networks provide a platform for employees to share their views, tell us what we’re doing well and make recommendations for improvement. This creates a real sense of community and a workforce who feel that their opinions are valued. It also helps us to address business challenges and get closer to our goal of becoming a truly inclusive employer. One that encourages inspiration, innovation and employee commitment to a better energy future.

Recognised achievements

When it comes to building on our industry reputation as a diverse and inclusive business, we’re just as ambitious. We’re currently one of only four companies to achieve the Diversity Works for London Gold Standard for our approach to Diversity and Inclusion –a nationwide assessment that supports businesses in realising the benefits of diversity in the workplace. On top of that, our BAME network won the prestigious Employee Network Award at the Race for Opportunity Awards 2013 – a Business in the Community initiative.

Inclusive partnerships

We’re very proud to be in partnership with a range of campaigning organisations. Our work with organisations such as Business Disability Forum and Stonewall help to inform our thinking and ensure we keep up with best practice so we can support our colleagues, customers and communities as an inclusive organisation. Sponsoring the Great with Disability site and working with the Graduate Recruiter’s Disability Café Club gives us a better understanding of the needs of our disabled candidates and helps us to make our recruitment process more disability friendly.

We work closely with Business in the Community as members of their Race for Opportunity and Opportunity Now campaigns – helping to improve opportunities for ethnic minorities and drive gender balance in the workplace respectively. As part of our membership with Race for Opportunity we are one of the main sponsors of a piece of research by two eminent professors at Oxford University and Said Business School which looks at the business case for race diversity.

As well as that, we’re also committed to building on our position as a Stonewall Diversity Champion by securing a place in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers list. We believe developing these strategies will help us make the most of the skills that a diverse workforce can offer.

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VERCIDA works with over one hundred clients who are committed to creating an inclusive work environment. If you are an employer and interested in working with VERCIDA to promote your diversity and inclusion initiatives and attract the best candidates, please email [email protected] for more information.

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