FirstEnergy Teams with Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs
FAIRMONT, W.Va., April 26, 2022 -- FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) is teaming up with the West Virginia Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs (HHOMA) to promote job opportunities to minority candidates and identify minority-owned businesses for its supplier diversity program.
FirstEnergy will coordinate with the state agency on a weekly basis to share employment opportunities at the company that will be disseminated by HHOMA to minority job seekers in West Virginia. The company currently has job openings in meter reading, engineering, transmission and at its regulated generation fleet.
"Becoming a more diverse and inclusive company is an important part of our strategic plan, and we appreciate the opportunity to work with HHOMA to increase awareness about job opportunities at FirstEnergy through this new initiative," said Jim Myers, president of West Virginia operations at FirstEnergy.
Last year, FirstEnergy announced a goal to increase the number of racially and ethnically diverse employees by 30% by 2025 to accelerate the company's efforts to build a diverse, high-performing and innovative workforce that better reflects the diversity of the customers it serves.
According to a 2021 study prepared for the National Association of State Energy Officials by BW Research Partnership, the energy sector has below-average representation of Hispanic or Latinx workers and Black or African American workers. Eight percent of energy workers are Black or African American compared to a 12% national workforce average. Similarly, Hispanic or Latinx individuals comprise 16% of energy workers despite representing 18% of the national labor force.
FirstEnergy also committed to achieving 20% of its supply chain spend with diverse suppliers by 2025. The company will work with HHOMA to identify minority-owned businesses in West Virginia that might qualify for its supplier diversity program, which is designed to strengthen economic development and viability for all businesses. FirstEnergy will participate in HHOMA's annual Minority Expo, taking place virtually on April 28, to provide minority-owned businesses with information on how they can become a supplier. For more information on FirstEnergy's supplier diversity program, visit www.firstenergycorp.com/supplychain.
In 2021, FirstEnergy was recognized by DiversityInc as one of the top utilities in the nation for its workforce diversity and inclusion initiatives for the third consecutive year. FirstEnergy was also included on DiversityInc's Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) and Philanthropy lists.
Operating under the office of the Governor of West Virginia, the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs is committed to serving and assisting all underserved citizens across the state and developing innovative ways to address issues affecting minority populations through conversation, education, leadership and collaboration. To find out more, visit www.minorityaffairs.wv.gov.
Through its Mon Power and Potomac Edison subsidiaries, FirstEnergy serves about 546,000 customers in West Virginia. Follow Mon Power at www.mon-power.com, on Twitter @MonPowerWV, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MonPowerWV. Follow Potomac Edison at www.potomacedison.com, on Twitter @PotomacEdison, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PotomacEdison.
FirstEnergy is dedicated to integrity, safety, reliability and operational excellence. Its 10 electric distribution companies form one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and New York. The company's transmission subsidiaries operate approximately 24,000 miles of transmission lines that connect the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions. Follow FirstEnergy online at www.firstenergycorp.com and on Twitter @FirstEnergyCorp.
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