Sizewell C financing director Julia Pyke and Laing O’Rourke civil nuclear programme director Sarah Williamson explain how the controversial megaproject can leverage its size to maximise diversity and change perceptions of nuclear.
Appointed chair of POWERful Women – which has been championing the greater representation of women at the top of the UK energy industry since 2014 – in May, Shell’s executive vice president, acquisition, divestment and new business development, Katie Jackson sets out the link between greater diversity, innovation and high performance.
Four UK utilities have made it onto the Bloomberg Gender Equality Index of global publicly-listed companies that have scored highly across five areas: female leadership and talent pipeline, equal pay and gender pay parity, inclusive culture, anti-sexual harassment policies, and pro-women brand. In a separate ranking, four utilities made the top 50 UK employers for inclusivity.
The utilities sectors lag behind the national averages for representation of staff with disabilities, those from ethnic minority backgrounds, women and young people according to data analysis by Energy & Utility Skills.
Ofgem chief Jonathan Brearley has spoken about how he wants the regulator to act as a diversity leader in the wake of the recent Black Lives Matter protests. Brearley added that as the regulator Ofgem can take further steps so that its policies consider the impact on different groups.
Octopus Energy chief executive Greg Jackson talks to Utility Week about the decision to introduce unconscious bias training and to move away from CVs in recruitment - both aimed at boosting diversity. The company has also raised funds to allow staff to go on a secondment to anti-racism organisations in the wake of international protests sparked by the death of George Floyd in the US.