September 15, 2000
The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced that Sempra Energy, the parent company of eight principal subsidiaries, including Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), has earned an Exemplary Voluntary Efforts (EVE) Award for the quality of its affirmative action programs. This prestigious award is given to just a handful of U.S. organizations each year.
G. Joyce Rowland, senior vice president of human resources for Sempra Energy, and several other employees from the company were in Washington, D.C., today (Sept. 12) to accept the award.
The EVE Award honors federal contractors or contractor associations for outstanding affirmative-action programs. These are programs that have enhanced equal employment opportunity in the workplace without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or status as a service-disabled veteran.
"Our company has become stronger by building a workforce and a network of suppliers that reflects the diversity of the communities in which we operate," said Stephen L. Baum, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Sempra Energy. "Diversity and affirmative action are key elements of our strategy to help better serve our more than 9 million customers across different countries and cultures."
"We are pleased to receive this award because it means that our employees and management have implemented successful diversity programs and approaches that the federal government feels are worthy of special recognition," said Rowland.
The EVE Award is one of many awards Sempra Energy has received for its successful diversity programs. In June of this year, Sempra Energy earned the No. 4 spot on Fortune magazine's list of "America's 50 Best Companies for Minorities," marking the company's third consecutive year among the top five of the list, which was published in the July 10, 2000, issue of Fortune. The ranking was based on Sempra Energy's efforts in 15 different categories, including hiring, promoting and retaining people of color, as well as supplier diversity and charitable contributions.
Sempra Energy has established an Office of Corporate Diversity Affairs that manages employee diversity at the company. This special entity strives to create an environment in which employees of all ethnic backgrounds are valued and can use their unique perspectives to contribute to the business goals of the company. Sempra Energy also has a dedicated team that manages supplier diversity. The team conducts outreach programs and mentors minority-, women- and service-disabled-veteran-owned businesses, helping Sempra Energy reduce costs, bring innovation and provide customers with the best products and services at competitive prices.