A Message from Carl Chapman
Vectren believes that diversity, starting with its employees and extending to open, collaborative relationships with suppliers, is vital to our continued success. Inclusion, both from an employee perspective and a supplier perspective, is a fundamental and indispensable objective which strengthens our company, maximizes the investment of our shareholders and prepares us to compete and lead in the 21st century.
Vectren is fully committed to ensuring not only compliance with equal opportunity laws and supplier diversity government compliance but also a deeper commitment that diversity and inclusion will help us realize our greatest potential as a company. We have a Diversity Action Council that helps ensure that all of our policies, procedures and actions support diversity — from our hiring practices to the selection process of vendors and contractors.
The company's workforce diversity initiatives are designed to integrate diversity and inclusion practices and procedures throughout the company while the supplier diversity initiatives are designed to provide meaningful business opportunities for diverse (minority, female-owned, small businesses, veteran-owned, etc.) suppliers. In 2008, Vectren received the Evansville Human Relations Commission’s Workplace Diversity Award. In addition, we were recognized in 2008 by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and the Edison Electric Institute for our supplier diversity initiatives.
We believe talented colleagues with experience that comes from a wide array of individual differences, will drive business results. And we value suppliers who are committed to providing the highest standards of quality while recognizing our need for competitive pricing and innovative solutions. We remain committed to maintaining, strengthening and deepening lines of communication with our diverse employee population as well as existing suppliers and pursuing relationships with new suppliers.