Become part of the solution in fighting systemic racism.
In 2020, UGI created our BIDE (Belonging, Inclusion, Diversity and Equity) Initiative to promote diversity, equity and inclusion within UGI, and to influence change and address systemic racism that exists in the communities that we serve. BIDE is underpinned by four core pillars: Culture, Community, Careers and Commerce.
The objective of each pillar, along with example of recent actions and outcomes, are:
•Culture: Cultivate a culture that welcomes, enables and leverages diversity in all forms, where employees feel a sense of belonging and inclusion while being their true, authentic self at work. UGI supports ERGs by dedicating executive sponsorship, financial resources, and employees' time. Existing ERGs are Black Organization & Leadership Development (BOLD), Women's Impact Network (WIN) and the Veteran Employee Team (VET). These ERGS have provided professional development, awareness regarding diversity, equity and inclusion, exposure to senior leadership, community outreach, and more.
• Career: Proactively recruit, develop, retain and increase our pipeline of diverse talent. Earlier this year, we developed and implemented a diverse slate initiative that requires active consideration of and inclusion of at least one qualified person of color and one qualified female candidate on interview slates for all director-level positions and above. Other examples of actions include corporate partnership with Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School by providing students (98% are students of color) with project-based work that benefits the students as well as our employees.
• Community: Partner with a myriad of organizations and expand our outreach and presence in community-focused groups where we do business, providing opportunities for employees to mentor and/or actively engage with underprivileged youths and to develop themselves. Actions this year include participation in the Beyond School Walls program with BBBS. Our leadership team, Board of Directors, and employees also provided financial and volunteer support to a variety of non-profit organizations. The Company also committed to a minimum contribution of $500,000 to partner with organizations in our local communities to combat racial inequality and systemic racism.
• Commerce: Expand our supplier base to mirror the diversity of our customers, increase competition for value, foster even more innovation and improve our corporate brand. We established a Supplier Diversity Policy and related programs with goals around diverse supplier inclusion and enhanced focus on Minority Business Enterprises.
We believe that, by fostering an environment that exemplifies our core value of Respect, we gain unique perspectives, backgrounds and varying experiences to ensure our continued long-term success.