SDG&E and SoCalGas Record Highest Diverse Business Spending
Both Companies Recorded the Most Spending with Diverse Businesses in Company History
San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) have both achieved the highest level of spending with diverse business enterprises in company history. SDG&E spent more than $722 million with diverse businesses in 2018 and SoCalGas spent more than $673 million.
Spending with diverse businesses accounted for more than 40 percent of all goods and services purchased by both utilities last year, far exceeding the California Public Utilities Commission’s goal of 21.5 percent.
“SDG&E has a long history of fostering a diverse workplace and partnering with diverse businesses to supply the goods and services our company needs,” said Kevin Sagara, chairman and CEO of SDG&E. “We value diversity because it not only produces better business decisions, but it creates an inclusive culture that represents the customers, suppliers and the communities we serve.”
“I’m proud that our activities and investments have not only made SoCalGas a leader in supplier diversity, but also contributed to a stronger local economy, job growth and an improved business climate,” said Bret Lane, CEO of SoCalGas. “We have made significant investments in supplier diversity initiatives and provided technical assistance to help diverse firms grow and succeed.”
The Sempra Energy family of companies are committed to diversity in all aspects of business. Supplier diversity plays a key role in creating new opportunities for diverse businesses and enhances the company’s ability to remain competitive while also contributing to the local economy.
SDG&E and SoCalGas’ robust and comprehensive supplier diversity programs advocate for procurement opportunities for business enterprises owned by women, minorities, service-disabled veterans, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
To help connect diverse businesses with opportunities, SDG&E has an ambassador program that connects employees with local firms; hosts matchmaking events and informational symposiums, including a Supplier Forum; and recognizes suppliers and employees who demonstrate a commitment to diversity at an annual awards summit.
SoCalGas also offers these large and small businesses innovative training programs, including supplier development and technical assistance, contractor safety workshops, seminars and other events.