Diversity & Inclusion at PJM
“PJM provides an environment where teamwork is driven by a diverse workforce that encourages individuals to collaborate and thrive. We are proud to foster innovative thinking, uniqueness and excellence, which allows us to advance in our ability to manage a reliable power grid, efficient wholesale electricity markets and infrastructure planning for the future.”
Tom O’Brien, vice president, chief information officer and Executive Team sponsor of PJM’s Diversity & Inclusion Council
PJM is committed to diversity and inclusion. PJM defines diversity as difference or uniqueness among individuals emanating from factors such as age, culture, physical ability or appearance, educational level or background, job function, organizational level or business background, national or regional origin, family status, gender, perspectives, race, religion, sexual orientation, thinking style, among others.
PJM defines inclusion as the process of valuing, respecting, managing and leveraging differences to both support the company values and enhance its business results.
As designated by the PJM Executive Team, the Diversity and Inclusion Council recommends and participates in initiatives that address all three major aspects of the company’s Diversity and Inclusion strategy: its workforce, its work environment and its external marketplace including members, communities, regulators and other key stakeholders. The council provides advice to PJM on issues and challenges related to diversity, inclusion and the achievement of the organization’s diversity and inclusion objectives.
Diversity and teamwork are embedded in PJM’s Core Values. Employees respect diversity by recognizing and accepting the different abilities, backgrounds, cultures and needs of each individual.
Employee Resource Groups
Employee resource groups offer PJM employees an opportunity to share a connection and build networks based on attributes such as personal interests, identity, role, or membership in a particular organization. Examples of these groups include women leadership group, young professional’s group, African Diaspora, Hispanic heritage group, caregivers for the elderly and specific college or university alumni group. Participation in any employee resource group is open to all employees.
PJM’s employee resource groups include:
Employee resource groups benefit participants by increasing opportunities for PJM employees to get involved and by fostering a sense of community in the workplace. They also provide an opportunity for employees to build networks and foster mentoring relationships to help them with personal career development.
The Diversity and Inclusion Council invites employees to participate in forming employee resource groups, which will be led by employees with oversight from the council. These groups are part of the Diversity and Inclusion Council’s overall strategy for diversity and inclusion at PJM.
PJM can benefit from employee resource groups because they can improve communications between employees and company leadership, serve as a resource for addressing diversity issues and improve employee engagement.
PJM recognizes the importance and benefits of a diverse supplier base. It is good for PJM, for our members, for the business community and for the 61 million people who live and work in the region PJM serves. Not only is supplier diversity the right thing to do – it makes good business sense.
Learn more about supplier diversity