No. 26 | Southern Company

From DiversityInc

  • Southern Company discusses cultural issues openly. Its “Lunch Table Series” podcast is an unscripted dialogue that discusses cultural matters at the company. Recent episodes covered Black History Month and Women’s History Month.
  • Southern Company’s diversity strategy involves developing and sustaining relationships with diverse suppliers, including women and minority-owned businesses to broaden access to products and foster economic inclusion. Its code of ethics for diverse suppliers ensures those they work with run ethical and responsible businesses.
  • Southern Company is committed to having a positive environmental impact. It is transitioning toward a low carbon future and has established a goal of reducing its carbon emissions by 50% by 2030 and a long-term goal of low- to no-carbon emissions by 2050, along with continuing reliable and affordable service to customers.


In The News

Other DiversityInc Lists

  • No. 6 Board of Directors
  • No. 8 ERGs
  • No. 2 Veterans
  • No. 7 Supplier Diversity

From The Company

At Southern Company, our approach to diversity and inclusion is embedded in our values, and we are focused on deliberately applying this approach in all we do in practical, measurable ways.

We are focused on:

  • Meeting the requirements of our business by attracting, developing and retaining top, diverse talent, and creating an environment in which every employee can contribute and reach his or her full potential.
  • Developing and sustaining relationships with diverse suppliers, including women- and minority-owned businesses, to broaden access to products and services and to facilitate economic inclusion.
  • Forming partnerships and creating business alliances to help ensure the growth and vitality of the diverse communities we serve, and in which we live, work and serve.

In 2019, Southern Company and its subsidiaries announced a $50 million multi-year initiative to provide students attending historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) with scholarships, internships, leadership development, and access to technology and innovation to support career readiness. This initiative will provide support for students attending select HBCUs within the Southern Company system’s service footprint in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

Company Facts


U.S. Headquarters: Atlanta, GA.

U.S. Employees: ~27,000

2019 DiversityInc Top 50 Ranking: No. 33