PG&E Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Report 2017

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In 2017, PG&E Corporation and Pacific Gas and Electric Company and their employees were honored to be recognized for PG&E’s commitment to excellence in three major areas: corporate sustainability and environmental leadership; diversity and inclusion; and innovation and operations.

Corporate Sustainability and Environmental Leadership

  • Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index—Eighth time named to the Index Footnote 1a
  • American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)—Ranked as a Top 5 Energy Efficient Company in ACEEE’s new Utility Energy Efficiency Scorecard Footnote 2a
  • Civic 50—One of America’s 50 most community-minded companies Footnote 2b
  • Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens—No. 1 among utilities and No. 22 overall Footnote 2c
  • Newsweek Green Rankings—No. 1 among electric and gas utilities and No. 4 overall in the United States Footnote 1b
  • 1. PG&E Corporation1a, 1b
  • 2. Pacific Gas and Electric Company2a, 2b, 2c

Diversity and Inclusion

  • Human Rights Campaign—100 rating in 2017 Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality for the 15th straight year Footnote 1
  • Billion Dollar Roundtable—Inducted into the Roundtable for procuring more than $1.0 billion annually from certified minority and women-owned businesses on a first-tier basis Footnote 2a
  • Disability Equality Index—100 rating for 2017 Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion for the fourth straight year Footnote 2b
  • Greenlining Institute—“A” rating for Supplier Diversity in 2017 Supplier Diversity Report Card Footnote 2c
  • LATINA Style Magazine—50 Best Places for Latinas to Work Footnote 2d
  • Women’s Business Enterprise National Council—America’s Top Companies for Women-Owned Businesses Footnote 2e
  • Institute for Supply Management—Charles J. McDonald Supplier Diversity Advocate Award Footnote 2f
  • U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce—Million Dollar Club: $500 million to $1billion category Footnote 2g
  • California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce—Corporate Advocate of the Year Award Footnote 2h
  • Western Regional Minority Supplier Development Council—Procurement and Purchasing Leader of the Year Footnote 3a
  • National Business Inclusion Consortium—Best of the Best Corporations for Inclusion Footnote 2i
  • Omnikal (formerly Diversity Business)—America’s Top 50 Inclusion Corporations Footnote 2j
  • DiversityInc—Top Five Regional Utilities of the Year Footnote 2k
  • Women’s Enterprise USA—WE 100 Corporations of the Year Footnote 2l
  • Women’s Enterprise USA—Top 100 Leaders in Supplier Diversity Footnote 3b
  • Professional Women’s Magazine—Best of the Best: Top Supplier Diversity Program Footnote 2m
  • Minority Business News USA Magazine—Corporate 101: Most Admired Companies for Supplier Diversity Footnote 2n
  • Minority Business News USA Magazine—2017 Corporate Buyers of the Year Footnote 3c
  • Black Enterprise magazine—One of the 50 best companies for diversity Footnote 2o
  • Military Times—One of the best employers for veterans Footnote 2p
  • Women’s Business Enterprise National Council—One of America’s top companies for women-owned businesses Footnote 2q

Innovation and Operations

  • American Association for Laboratory Accreditation—International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 17025 accreditation Footnote 1a
  • Chartwell Inc—3 Best Practice awards: Gold Customer Service award, Silver Outage Communications award, Silver Program Marketing award Footnote 1b
  • E Source Review—Ranked #1 North American Electric and Gas Company Residential Website Footnote 1c
  • Edison Electric Institute—Emergency Recovery Award Footnote 1d
  • Edison Electric Institute—2017 Award for Outstanding National Key Accounts Program Award for Outstanding Customer Service Footnote 1e
  • InformationWeek—2017 IT Excellence Award in the Data and Analytics Footnote 1f
  • Week International Lineman’s Rodeo—Four awards for PG&E linemen Footnote 2
  • 1. PG&E Corporation 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 1f
  • 2. Pacific Gas and Electric Company 2

Employee Champions

In 2017, 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:

  • Power Generation Driver Awareness team for increasing awareness of driver-safety issues and improving overall driving performance and reducing motor vehicle accidents via driver-safety events throughout PG&E’s service area.
  • Diablo Canyon Power Plant team for their commitment to safety, including performing five refueling outages and over a year of daily maintenance with zero recordable injuries, an outstanding safety record.
  • Gas Transmission and Distribution Construction for safely executing the transmission and distribution construction work in accordance with PG&E procedures.

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:

  • Brian Maglaya, who witnessed a motorcyclist skid into a guardrail and tumble down an embankment. Maglaya pulled over and spotted the motorcyclist face down in a rapidly flowing creek. He slid down the embankment, removed the man from the creek, and provided comfort until first responders arrived.
  • Rusty Vance pulled up shortly after a motor vehicle accident occurred and jumped into the back of the car to stabilize the neck of a severely injured and unresponsive teenager and provide rescue breaths until first responders arrived.
  • Bill Dutra, Marco Fierro, Justin Purdy and Matthew Reddell were working on routine repairs as a storm approached the area. As the strength of the storm increased later that afternoon, they noticed a bus had become trapped between a set of about 10 downed power poles. The team jumped into action to ensure the 40 children and bus driver were safely off the bus.
  • Clinton Grich, Jr. and Michael Musgrove encountered a man suffering from a heart attack at a rest stop and performed CPR until emergency personnel 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:

  • Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) team for developing SolSource, a Solar Data Solution framework that provides PG&E with an accurate picture of past and future solar irradiance, behind-the-meter solar generation and other derivative impacts.
  • EPIC Wire Down Detection team for developing a new algorithm that can be used to discover energized wires down. This innovation allows PG&E to proactively detect energized wire-down situations and respond by quickly and safely deenergizing that portion of the feeder.
  • General Construction team for developing pre-fabrication and field erection of regulator stations. The team embarked on an initiative to reduce the cost and time it takes to install a distribution regulator station in PG&E’s service area.

Richard A. Clarke Environmental Leadership Award

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

  • Shasta Crayfish team for developing a Safe Harbor Agreement, working for over a decade with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to protect the endangered Shasta crayfish near PG&E’s hydro facilities.
  • Solar Suitcase Program team for training more than 2,000 local high school students across PG&E’s service area to build solar technology, implement local environmental sustainability projects and make a lasting global impact by delivering clean energy kits around the world.
  • San Rafael Environmental Remediation team for completing remediation of the former San Rafael manufactured gas plant site that operated from 1875 to 1930. The team demonstrated environmental stewardship, community care and teamwork in completing the project.

Presidents’ Diversity Champion Award

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

  • Dionne Adams, president of the Black Employee Resource Group (ERG), worked with members of her group, the Veterans ERG and PrideNetwork to form healing circles to remember the victims of gun violence in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Orlando, Florida. Some 200 employees took part in Sacramento, San Francisco, Concord and San Ramon.
  • Vincent Davis, senior director of Energy Efficiency, who incorporated diversity through employee participation, into Energy Efficiency 2.0, a new way for PG&E employees to work with each other while supporting customers’ energy efficiency needs.
  • Jeremy Laurin, senior environmental scientist and president of PG&E’s PrideNetwork ERG, whose goal is to champion employees so they feel comfortable bringing their full selves to work. Since getting involved in the group in 2012, membership has increased to more than 1,000 members.

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

This award distinguishes Pacific Gas and Electric Company employees who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to the communities where they live and work, and was awarded to:

  • Shaun Chaudhuri, who demonstrated his commitment to the fight for gender equality through his academic studies and countless volunteered hours in gender activism.
  • Matt Meadows, a hydrographer in Fresno County, for his countless hours volunteering with organizations dedicated to trees so that future generations can benefit from their beauty.
  • Christina Yagjian, for her dedication and commitment in co-founding AccesoSolar along with a former employee with ties to Latin America. The organization’s mission is to empower low-income communities through the development of sustainable energy systems.

Speak Up Award

This award honors employees who had the courage to speak up about an issue or concern, resulting in a positive impact on PG&E, customers or culture.

  • Karen Marie Denton, who alerted the company to safety precautions with trash compactors
  • Ed Fertuna II, who saved customers money through corrected billing credits
  • Sheila Gianelli, who helped PG&E act with integrity with a third-party vendor
  • Thom Dang, who helped promote diversity and inclusion at Diablo Canyon Power Plant
  • Kevin Bellflower, who helped ensure safe shipping clearances around transmission lines