Diversity & Inclusion
To be a successful business, we must embrace diversity and inclusion as an integral part of our business strategy and company culture. We are committed to providing a pathway for employees to advance and unlock the power of perspectives to better serve our customers, drive innovation and generate sustainable growth for our company. At AEP, we value a supportive, inclusive business environment for our employees that reflects the diversity of the communities where we live, work and operate.
Diversity and inclusion have become increasingly important concepts to our employees and leaders, shareholders, suppliers and customers.
Our Diversity & Inclusion Vision Statement – We are committed to a culture where differences are valued and recognized as a significant, positive influence on AEP’s ability to serve and support our employees, customers, suppliers and other key stakeholders.
Diversity – Boundless range of differences and similarities represented by ALL of our employees, customers, suppliers and stakeholders.
Inclusion - Intentional focus on ensuring that ALL employees are valued, respected, and have a sense of belonging.
Diversity and inclusion are key components to our business strategy and help us remain competitive and attract and retain the best talent. A diverse, inclusive and highly engaged workforce not only improves performance but also improves company culture – creating an environment that welcomes different experiences, beliefs, ideas, backgrounds and thoughts.
2018 was the second year of the Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan – The Roadmap to 2025. The plan focuses on four key areas:
- Diverse Workforce: Build a diverse, high-performing workforce that reflects the communities we serve. Eliminate barriers that prevent employees from maximizing opportunities and potential.
- Inclusive and Engaged Workforce: Cultivate a collaborative and inclusive work environment that empowers all employees.
- Accountability & Sustainability: Establish accountability measures to ensure that AEP’s management and leadership teams model the behavior that advances diversity and inclusion initiatives.
- External Partnerships: Foster relationships with external partners and stakeholders to broaden access to diverse talent by building partnerships with educational institutions, diverse community organizations and professional associations.
Each of the four goals is accompanied by strategies and measures designed for successful companywide implementation. In addition, we created a shared accountability structure to ensure our continued progress. This structure includes the accountability of AEP’s leadership team for implementation and management of this plan, a Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council, and employees who are responsible for living AEP’s inclusive culture. Learn more about our progress in our 2018 Sustainability Goals Progress Report.