Discover more about our mission to build an inclusive and diverse workforce.
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
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.
Our mission is to build an inclusive and diverse workforce, which genuinely reflects the communities we serve.
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.
Figures correct as of February 2020
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 75 Employers for Social Mobility 2019
Best UK Employers for Race (Business in the Community)
Disability Confident Accreditation
BAME Apprenticeship Alliance
Forbes Top 500 Employers for Diversity
World’s Most Ethical Companies
Leading Disability Seal Award – Recognized by Diversity Inc.
Top Veteran Employer Award, Military Hire.com (Awarded for Best in Military Job Recruiting)
Human Rights Foundation Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality
Age Smart – Columbia University (strategic practices to hire and retain valuable workers over age 50)
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.
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.
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.
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.