Charlotte, NC – Duke Energy announced in late July a decision to join CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion, a national coalition of business leaders committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace. More than 250 business leaders make up this coalition, which was instituted in June.

Duke Energy and other business in the coalition pledge to take three initial actions to promote diversity and inclusion. These include creating a workplace culture that promotes open discussion on potentially difficult diversity and inclusion topics, growing unconscious bias training, and sharing best practices with other member companies. Research has given evidence to the effectiveness of actions such as these. The Center for Talent Innovation found that when employees are able to discuss race relations at work, they feel more included.

As one of the largest energy holding companies in the United States, Duke Energy serves approximately 7.5 million customers in the Southeast and Midwest. Duke Energy has advanced diversity and inclusion efforts in the past and started unconscious bias education programs in 2016. The business has networks of Employee Resource Groups that represent many minority interests, such as people with disabilities, people identifying with the LGBT community, women, and African Americans.

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