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Inclusion and diversity

Discover more about our mission to build an inclusive and diverse workforce.

Why is inclusion and diversity so important?

Everyone wants to feel welcome at work and to feel as if they can be themselves. The best way to achieve this is through fostering an inclusive workplace, where diversity is embraced. We're committed to creating a work environment where people are treated fairly and where everyone feels respected, valued and empowered to reach their full potential. Our mission is to build a business that represents, reflects and celebrates the cultures and communities we serve.

Achieving this is everyone’s responsibility. We all need to be honest and open in the way we communicate and work together to ensure everyone is accepted, supported and given the chance to succeed. A welcoming environment where all our people can share their diverse skills, cultures, backgrounds, expertise and insights is the key to a united team and a successful business.

I fundamentally believe that it's our people that make National Grid such a great place to work, and ensuring that we create the right environment to allow everyone to be themselves and to thrive is essential.

John Pettigrew, CEO, National Grid

Our values

At National Grid what we deliver is important, but how we deliver it is just as important. Our core values are Do the Right Thing and Find a Better Way and this extends to our colleagues, customers and the community. We're passionate about living our values and for us doing the right thing is ensuring everyone is respected and can bring their whole, authentic self to work. This enables us all to fulfil our potential and find better ways to work together and deliver on our ambitions as a business.

Working together to reach our goals

Our mission is to build an inclusive and diverse workforce, which genuinely reflects the communities we serve.

How will we do this?

  • Building on our success: We want to let everyone know they are welcome by showing how diverse our workforce already is.

  • Attracting diverse talent: We are dedicated to finding innovative ways to source and attract talent that genuinely reflects the communities we serve.

  • Offering equal opportunities: We are committed to providing the same opportunities for development and progression for everybody who works with us.

  • Ensuring inclusive leadership: Our leadership style is inspiring and inclusive, helping everyone who works with us to realise their full potential.

How are we doing today?

We know there is always more we can do to improve inclusion and diversity, but we've made great progress so far. The infographic below highlights some of the progress we've made to date.

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Figures correct as of February 2020

Awards and recognition

We're recognised as a good employer who takes our responsibilities to make everyone welcome at work seriously. We continue to strive to drive progress and we are proud that our efforts have been rewarded across the globe.

The Times Top 50 Employers for Women in 2022


The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2022

The annual Times Top 50 list recognises the employers that are taking action to drive gender equality at work.

The businesses in the Top 50 are all working towards gender equality – from embracing flexible working practices to tackling the pay gap and normalising caring responsibilities for all genders.

Find out more about The Times Top 50

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No.1 for gender equality in the 2022 Equileap report

We rank 1st in the UK and 3rd globally for gender equality in an assessment of almost 4000 companies in 23 markets by Equileap, the leading provider of gender equality data & insights, in 2021. Among the utility companies that were assessed, we rank 1st in the UK and the world.

Find out more about the Equileap report

2022 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI)


2022 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI)

We‘re one of 418 companies across 45 countries and regions to be included in the 2022 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI), which aims to track the performance of public companies committed to transparency in gender-data reporting. It measures gender equality across five pillars: female leadership & talent pipeline, equal pay & gender pay parity, inclusive culture, anti-sexual harassment policies, and pro-women brand.

Find out more about the Bloomberg GEI

2021 Workforce Disclosure Initiative


2021 Workforce Disclosure Initiative


We’re one of the 173 companies who took part in the 2021 Workforce Disclosure Initiative which aims to improve transparency and accountability on workforce composition across our operations and supply chains. Participation in the initiative highlights commitment to improving workforce related metrics such as diversity, equality and inclusion, as well as ensuring workplace policies are aligned to relevant standards.

Find out more about the Workforce Disclosure Initiative

National Grid - The Valuable 500


The Valuable 500


We've joined 499 other companies around the world to take action on disability inclusion.

Find out more about the Valuable 500

Recognition in the UK
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Best UK Employers for Race (Business in the Community)

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Disability Confident Accreditation


Recognition in the US
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Forbes Top 500 Employers for Diversity

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World’s Most Ethical Companies

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Leading Disability Seal Award – Recognized by Diversity Inc.

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Top Veteran Employer Award, Military (Awarded for Best in Military Job Recruiting)

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Human Rights Foundation Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality

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Age Smart – Columbia University (strategic practices to hire and retain valuable workers over age 50)

Championing diversity – employees lead the way

Diversity is championed and led by our own people. We have 17 highly active, Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), which are voluntary and employee-led.

ERGs provide a crucial support network for everyone who works at National Grid, helping to raise awareness of all the diverse types of people who work within our organisation in the US and the UK. They champion and support the needs of many areas including LGBTQ+, disability and gender, veterans and new starters, through events and campaigns held throughout the year.

Pride in our work

National Grid was highly active at New York Pride in 2019, raising awareness of the importance of ensuring our employees can bring their whole selves to work and represent the diversity of the communities we serve.

Benefits we offer - Family Provisions

We recognise that our employees come from a diverse background and represent a variety of family structures. We continually review our Family Provisions policy to ensure we offer our employees a range of benefits and provisions to help balance their caring responsibilities with their work commitments. Find out more information on the benefits we offer below.

Family Provisions Summary

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UK Gender Pay Gap

We’re committed to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce that‘s fully representative of the communities we serve. Our gender pay gap report for 2021 is now available to view.

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Women in energy

We’re making strong progress in our goal towards gender equality at National Grid, and recognise that we can play a part in helping to ensure that women are equally represented in the energy industry.

Grid for Good

This flagship community investment programme from National Grid is designed to support 16-24-year olds from the most disadvantaged backgrounds, by giving them the life and industry-specific skills they need to find meaningful employment.

Remarkable people

To celebrate the many different people working across our business we have created Remarkable, which collects real life stories about inclusion, working smarter, personal development, giving back and determination to succeed.

Rodney Williams

Rodney is a Lead Project Engineer for National Grid. Here he talks about his job, his interests and being selected as a top 50 Ethnic Minority Future Leader by The Times for two years in a row.

Rea Plummer: Championing diversity and hard work

Kieran White: Holding on to your dreams

Emma Morton: Being your whole self

Georgina Davis: Juggling work, care and study