PG&E Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Report 2017


In 2016, PG&E was honored to be recognized for our commitment to excellence in three major areas: corporate sustainability and environmental leadership, diversity and inclusion, and innovation and operations.

Corporate Sustainability and Environmental Leadership

  • Association of Energy Services Professionals—Energy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Non-Residential Marketing and Communications for PG&E’s Step Up and Power Down initiative
  • CDP—Climate A List as a global leader on climate change
  • Civic 50—One of America’s 50 most community-minded companies
  • Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens—No. 1 among utilities and No. 22 overall
  • Newsweek Green Rankings—No. 1 among electric and gas providers and No. 15 overall in the United States
  • U.S. Green Building Council—LEED Gold for PG&E’s Kendall Road Campus in San Luis Obispo

Diversity and Inclusion

  • Affinity Inc magazine—100 Top Corporations for LGBT Economic Empowerment
  • Asia Society—Best Employer for Marketing and Support to Asian Pacific American Community
  • Black Enterprise magazine—One of the 50 best companies for diversity
  • California Black Chamber of Commerce—Corporate Community Leader Award
  • California Breastfeeding Coalition—For exemplary support at PG&E’s Diablo Canyon Power Plant
  • Disability Equality Index—A perfect score of 100 percent
  •—One of the top 25 organizations for multicultural business opportunities
  • DiversityInc—One of the top energy companies in the nation for diversity
  • G.I. Jobs Magazine—Top 100 Military Friendly Employer®
  • The Greenlining Institute—“A” on Supplier Diversity Report Card
  • Human Rights Campaign—100 percent rating on the Corporate Equality Index
  • Military Times—One of the best employers for veterans
  • Minority Business News USA Magazine—One of America’s most admired companies for supplier diversity
  • National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce—Corporation of the Year
  • National Minority Supplier Development Council—Gazelle Award for success in accelerating the growth of minority-owned businesses
  • United Negro College Fund/Northern California Leadership Council—Corporation of the Year
  • U.S. Department of Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve office—For long-standing support of employees serving in the National Guard and Reserve
  • U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce—Million Dollar Club and one of the top 10 corporations in the country
  • Western Region Minority Supplier Development Council—Utility of the Year
  • Women’s Business Enterprise—Inducted into the Hall of Fame
  • Women’s Business Enterprise National Council—One of America’s top companies for women-owned businesses

Innovation and Operations

  • American Chemistry Council—Certified PG&E’s gas safety operations to the RC14001 management system standard
  • California Agricultural Heritage Club—Inductee, honored for 150 years of supporting California agriculture
  • California Emergency Services Association—Gold Award for exceptional efforts in the field of emergency preparedness
  • CIO magazine—CIO 100 Award
  • Edison Electric Institute—Emergency Recovery Award
  • Ergo Cup Competition—Ergonomics Program Improvement Award
  • International Lineman’s Rodeo—Seven awards for PG&E linemen
  • Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance—Certified PG&E’s Supplier Quality Assurance Department’s quality management system to the ISO 9001:2008 standard

Employee Champions

In 2016, PG&E recognized a number of employees with our highest honors for their commitment to safety, innovation, environmental leadership, diversity, and community involvement. PG&E awarded several recipients $5,000 each to present to the nonprofit of their choice, while finalists received $1,000 each.

Shermer L. Sibley Safety and Health Award

This award recognizes PG&E organizations for their outstanding contributions toward public and workplace safety and health, and was given to the:

  • Customer Care Field Meter Operation team for cultivating a work environment that emphasizes the importance of personal safety at work and at home by speaking up, taking action to resolve issues and looking out for one another.
  • Gas T&D Construction team for their commitment to a strong safety culture that encourages employees to raise issues, gets those issues resolved and communicates the results back to employees.
  • Humboldt Bay Power Plant Decommissioning team for working for more than three years without a single work-related incident requiring medical treatment beyond first aid while decommissioning the nuclear power plant.

John A. Britton Award

This award, which recognizes individuals who, through extraordinary bravery, self-sacrifice and resourcefulness, saved the life of a colleague or community member, was awarded to:

  • Jeff Nunes, who saved the life of a 20-year-old heart attack victim by performing CPR for 20 minutes until emergency responders arrived.
  • Ken Hackenkamp, who helped three young children escape from a vehicle that had crashed into a tree and stayed with the injured woman until first responders arrived.
  • Vince Hildebrand, who saved the life of a choking victim by performing the Heimlich maneuver.
  • Mary Juvik, who saved her mother’s life by performing the Heimlich maneuver.
  • Rick Logan, who saved the lives of passengers in a burning, overturned pickup truck struck by another car by freeing a passenger who was trapped by her seatbelt and helping four young children move safely away from the vehicle. The driver, PG&E employee Shane Mulligan, was also honored for his bravery.
  • Alina Zohrabian, who saved the life of a choking victim by performing the Heimlich maneuver.
  • Liz Zulueta-Talisayan, who saved the life of a motorcyclist who collided with a car by performing first aid until first responders arrived.

Margaret Mooney Award for Innovation

This award recognizes individuals and teams whose creative solutions help PG&E achieve its goals, and was awarded to the:

  • Portable Liquefied Natural Gas and Compressed Natural Gas team for successfully completing the largest sustainable portable natural gas project ever attempted in the industry.
  • Volt Var Optimization team, which uses innovative software to optimize the voltage delivered to PG&E’s customers, which in turn makes customers’ devices more energy efficient.
  • Vegetation Management Lift team for leveraging cutting-edge technologies like LiDAR that improve the safety, reliability and efficiency of vegetation inspections.

Richard A. Clarke Environmental Leadership Award

This award honors PG&E individuals and teams who demonstrate environmental stewardship, and was awarded to:

  • Oakdale Manufactured Gas Plant Remediation team for identifying best practices for safety and stakeholder engagement that are being used to guide other PG&E remediation projects.
  • Osprey Habitat Relocation team for working with landowners, the Bureau of Reclamation and other agencies to devise solutions for osprey nests located on top of PG&E electric poles.
  • Retail Products Platform team for bringing highly efficient products to PG&E’s residential customers with a large-scale retail program.
  • Stockton Regional Office Project team for raising the bar for green buildings in PG&E’s office portfolio.

Presidents’ Diversity Champion Award

This award recognizes employees whose ideas and actions contribute to a diverse and inclusive workplace, and was awarded to:

  • Verdelle Burford and Jolean French, members of PG&E’s Black ERG, who have raised funds and awareness for African-American issues in Stockton and inspired coworkers to get involved with local nonprofits and volunteer for community events.
  • Miyuki Iwahashi, who made recommendations on behalf of PG&E’s Women’s Network ERG which resulted in dramatic improvements for employees who are new parents, including a redesigned parental leave process and the creation of more than 60 dedicated spaces for nursing mothers.
  • Gabe Trevino, who has served as president and in other leadership roles in PG&E’s PrideNetwork ERG for nearly 10 years, and has more than doubled the group’s membership.

Frederick W. Mielke, Jr. Award for Outstanding Community Service

This award distinguishes PG&E employees who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to the communities where they live and work, and was awarded to:

  • Steven Newvine, who has served on the Merced Workforce Investment Board for 10 years and created the region’s first youth job training in energy efficiency.
  • Michelle Patrick, who has volunteered with Global Glimpse, an Oakland nonprofit which provides immersive travel experiences to Bay Area high school students to foster global awareness and responsibility.
  • Mariana Sierra, who for many years has volunteered with Future Leaders of America’s East Bay affiliate, a program that promotes the personal development of Latino youth.