National Grid ranks 1st in the UK and 3rd Globally for gender equality in new report from Equileap

National Grid has ranked 1st in the UK and 3rd Globally for gender equality in an assessment of almost 4000 companies in 23 markets by Equileap in 2021.

Among the utility companies that were assessed, National Grid ranks 1st in the UK and world.

At the time of research, Equileap, the leading provider of gender equality data & insights,  recognised National Grid’s actions to increase gender balance across all levels of the business, efforts to achieve no material gender pay gap in the UK , and positive approach to living wages, carer pay and leave, and other gender equality policies.

Natalie Edwards, Chief Diversity Officer at National Grid, said: “At National Grid we’re committed to creating a work environment where our people feel respected and are treated fairly, empowered to be themselves and valued for their skills, backgrounds, expertise and insights; we want everybody to thrive. We believe that not only is it the right thing to do, it’s also critical for enabling us to successfully lead the clean energy transition.

“This ranking highlights the efforts we’re taking to increase gender diversity across the business at all levels. However, we know there’s more work to do to improve diversity within gender and across all other diverse groups at all levels which will require intentional focus and long-term commitment to address. With DEI remaining top of our priorities, we’re continuing to take action to build the most diverse workforce and business positioned to deliver on net zero goals.”

In October 2020 National Grid launched its Responsible Business Charter which outlines key commitments to accelerate its diversity agenda. These include being as transparent as possible on gender and ethnicity/race; achieving 50% diversity in all new talent programmes and in its Senior Leadership Group by 2025, providing unconscious bias training to all; and maintaining fairness across the organization for pay and making sure our pay practices are not biased.

In December 2021, the business also launched a new Group DEI strategy to reinforce ambitions to increase the pace of progress, which is being embedded into all corners of the business to deliver on its goals. Most recently the business published its 2021 pay gap report which shows that in the UK, National Grid has no material mean gender pay gap.

Find out more about National Grid initiatives and actions towards making National Grid one of the most inclusive, diverse and equitable companies in business, in line with our Global DEI strategy here.