Fostering an Inclusive Place to Work
At AEP, we value and take deliberate actions to create a working environment that values every individual and group and embraces the diversity and richness of the backgrounds and perspectives of our people. An inclusive environment allows us to leverage the diverse talent of our workforce for business success. In turn, employees who are accepted and respected are more likely to be engaged, to have an increased propensity for innovation and creativity, and to be high-performing contributors. It also says a lot about who we are.
AEP values an inclusive and diverse business environment for our employees that also reflects the diversity of the communities where we live, work and operate.
We participate in a number of benchmarking surveys that measure our progress and identify opportunities for improvement.
For the second year in a row, AEP received a perfect score on the LGBT Equality Index. We are proud that this resulted in AEP being ranked among the 2018 Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality. AEP’s perfect score was supported by our strong and active Pride Partnership ERG, as well as inclusive benefits coverage. AEP provides health and welfare benefits for same-sex married couples and their dependents. We also offer coverage of transition-related care, based on medical necessity, to individuals who identify as transgender.
AEP was also recognized for the second year in a row as one of the nation’s 2017 Best Places to Work in the Disability Equality Index (DEI) Annual Survey performed by the U.S. Business Leadership Network. The DEI is a national, transparent, annual benchmarking tool that offers businesses an opportunity to receive an objective score on their disability inclusion policies and practices. AEP’s Abled and Disabled Allies Partnering Together (ADAPT) ERG was one of the driving forces behind our continued recognition. In addition to facilitating networking and information-sharing for employees and contractors with disabilities, ADAPT also supports the company’s efforts to recruit and accommodate employees with disabilities.
For the first time, our employee culture survey included an Inclusiveness Index. According to the latest Gallup research, the most engaged employees are those working in an open, fair and diverse environment. On a scale of one (1) to five (5), our mean score was 3.99. This year’s score will set a baseline for improvements from year to year.