- Blacks on Board of Directors: Twice as many as the Top 10
- Women in Senior Leadership: 7.8% more than the S&P; 500
- Blacks in Total Management: 83.2% more than the Top 50
Southern Company moves up in its second year on the Top 50 list as it continues its commitment to diversity and inclusion.
"At Southern Company, diversity and inclusion are not stand-alone objectives — they are part of everything we do," the company states. "Innovation is impossible without diversity and inclusion."
This is evident in the company's team of managers, which consists of significantly more Black leaders than the rest of the Top 50, as well as its Board of Directors, which has twice as many Black members as the Top 10 average.
Southern Company had a significant year, notably when it acquired AGL Resources, which is now Southern Company Gas.
Another big anticipated change is in the company's employee resource group participation, which it expects to increase in the future. Southern Company's ERGs are now open to more employees than they ever were before. The merger with AGL helped to make this possible. Southern Company Gas offers a host of ERGs for its employees to join, including multigenerational, young professional, African American, women, LGBT, new hires and veterans ERGs.
Thomas A. Fanning
Chairman, President and CEO
Vice President, Human Resources and Chief Diversity Officer
U.S. Headquarters: Atlanta, Ga.
Global Employees: 30,697
Last Year's DiversityInc Top 50 Ranking • No. 46
• No. 1 Progress
• No. 5 Veterans