For Immediate Release: November 1, 2021
Contact: Mark Brueggenjohann 202-728-6014
Berkshire Hathaway Energy and the IBEW Partner
Advance Diversity and Inclusion
Berkshire Hathaway Energy and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers today announced the BHE – IBEW Stronger Together initiative to expand and inspire a more diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce.
“Together with the IBEW, we’re working to build a diverse and inclusive workplace that enriches the lives of our employees, enhances the communities where we live and work, and delivers positive business results,” said Bill Fehrman, president and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Energy. “We look forward to rolling up our sleeves and getting to work with the IBEW to promote inclusion, build strategic partnerships and attract talent in new ways within the industry.”
BHE-IBEW Stronger Together has a vision to attract, engage, retain and inspire a diverse and inclusive workforce where all individuals are respected, recognized, valued and empowered to fully participate in and contribute to the success of Berkshire Hathaway Energy and the IBEW.
“The IBEW has a place for everyone, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation or creed,” said IBEW International President Lonnie Stephenson. “That’s why I’m so excited to be partnering with Berkshire Hathaway Energy in building a more inclusive and diverse energy workforce and opening up opportunities for workers of all backgrounds.”
Through this partnership, Berkshire Hathaway Energy and the IBEW will work together to develop and expand outreach, recruitment and marketing to the next generation of workers from nontraditional and historically marginalized communities in the geographic locations served jointly by Berkshire Hathaway Energy and the IBEW; adopt strategic partnerships with existing programs and local chapters that promote industry inclusion; and implement local solutions to deliver on Berkshire Hathaway Energy and the IBEW’s shared vision.
About Berkshire Hathaway Energy
From our roots in renewable energy, Berkshire Hathaway Energy has grown to a $127.5 billion portfolio of locally managed businesses that share a vision of being the best energy company in serving our customers, while delivering sustainable energy solutions. These businesses deliver low-cost, safe and reliable service each day to more than 12 million electric and natural gas customers and end-users throughout the U.S., Great Britain and Alberta, Canada. Our employees pride themselves in putting customers first in all they do, and as a result, our businesses consistently rank high among energy companies in customer satisfaction. Berkshire Hathaway Energy is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S. Learn more at www.brkenergy.com.
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) represents approximately 775,000 members and retirees who work in a wide variety of fields, including construction, utilities, manufacturing, telecommunications, broadcasting, railroads and government.