BGE Supports Advancing Minorities Interests in Engineering (AMIE) Conference as Part of
the Company’s Commitment to its Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives
BGE Sr. Vice President Calvin G. Butler Jr. serves as the keynote speaker at the Annual AMIE Luncheon
BALTIMORE (Baltimore Gas and Electric Company's (BGE) commitment to diversity and inclusion, the company supported the 20th annual Advancing Minorities Interests in Engineering (AMIE) conference last week in Baltimore. BGE’s Senior Vice President of Regulatory and External Affairs, Calvin G. Butler Jr., served as the keynote speaker at the luncheon and spoke about the ways that BGE, along with its parent company, Exelon, and its sister companies ComEd in Chicago, and PECO in Philadelphia, work to advance diversity and inclusion initiatives throughout the companies and communities they serve.) — As part of
“BGE and parent company, Exelon, have a recruiting strategy that is focused on fostering an inclusive culture of trust, collaboration and performance,” said Butler. “We welcome and respect people with different perspectives, backgrounds and traits because we know that diverse teams drive powerful outcomes. A community is only as strong as its members and promoting diversity and providing the strategy, guidance and opportunities to succeed for not just students, but for professionals at all stages of their careers, is one of my passions.”
BGE and Exelon have teamed up with national diversity organizations, including Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), and the Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA), to enhance and support their diversified recruitment strategy. In 2013, Exelon was named a top supporter of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) by the U.S. Black Engineer and Information Technology magazine.
Like all large companies, BGE itself has a wide variety of goods and services purchased from suppliers across the United States. In 2012, BGE spent $116 million with diversity certified suppliers (minority, women, or veteran-owned); equaling 14 percent of its supply contracting totals. BGE spent $32 million, or 28 percent, of the total spend with diversity certified prime contractors and service providers based in Maryland.
“BGE has a rich history of developing strategic partnerships with diverse suppliers, and together with Exelon, we’re making even greater strides in increasing opportunities for minority-owned businesses to participate in our procurement process,” said Butler. “In recent years BGE was honored with the Maryland Washington Minority Contractors Association with the Best Utility Company of the Year award for minority business in Maryland.”
In addition, BGE and Exelon offer several Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) that support diversity and inclusion and serve as a resource to the corporation and its employees. These groups are integral to the companies’ diversity and inclusion strategy, as they strengthen employee links, raise awareness, share knowledge, provide perspectives, improve recruitment, promote personal growth and serve as a forum for education, communication and professional development. Externally, they work to strengthen corporate citizenship, alert Exelon to new market opportunities and build ties to the communities in which the organization operates. The groups are self-initiated, voluntary, corporate-wide, free of charge and inclusive to all employees. Current ERGs represent various communities including:
· African Americans
· Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Individuals
· Developing Young Professionals
· Asian Americans
· Environmental Focused
Calvin G. Butler - AMIE Keynote Speaker 2013
For more information on BGE’s commitment to diversity, visit bge.com.