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A Whole New World: Southern Company is Committed to Advancing Equity One Community at a Time

Talking the talk is one thing, but walking the walk is another. Southern Company is walking the walk by taking action to pursue a more equitable and inclusive future for its customers, communities, and employees. Southern Company launched its ‘Moving to Equity’ framework in 2020 amid national conversations around racism and inequality. After a period of listening, learning, and understanding, the company’s Management Council decided to focus its efforts on five key areas: talent, workplace environment, community, political engagement, and supplier diversity. In 2022, Southern Company released its inaugural “Transformation Report: Moving to Equity”, a complete framework outlining the company’s specific commitments to uplifting and strengthening communities that have been historically underserved. From advancing educational equity to building an inclusive internal culture, Southern Company has proven to be deeply connected to its aim of advancing justice and equity. HBCU Support...

Josh Rodgers

Jan 3, 2023

A More Inclusive Energy Transition: How Southern Company is Committed to Sustainability And Equity

Everything in the world has some energy source. It takes energy to keep the lights on, power the most advanced machines and technologies and to keep people inspired. And while society has barriers that separate, energy has the power to be a connector. Southern Company believes energy can connect communities, businesses and future generations to opportunity. The Atlanta-based energy leader is committed to being a role model among companies forging change and driving equity to ensure all groups are well represented and treated fairly . In Summer 2021, Southern Company made the founding investment in the Elevate Future Fund (Elevate). This fund is a sub-fund of Energy Impact Partners (EIP) , a utility-backed venture capital fund focused on decarbonization in the energy space. Southern Company is a founding member of EIP. “Elevate” aims to ensure greater diversity and representation among founders in the start-up community  to build a more diverse and inclusive venture capital...

Josh Rodgers

Dec 20, 2022

Bringing Good Energy To Homes and Businesses: How Southern Company Is Intentionally Empowering Black Communities

If you drive through Atlanta during the heat of rush hour, you may be a little frustrated with traffic. However, if you look at the traffic through the lens of a community development practitioner, the traffic is a sign of a vibrant city filled with endless opportunities and continued hope. Home to the world’s busiest airport, top-rated colleges and universities, and several corporate headquarters, Atlanta is a southern utopia that has positioned itself as a place to thrive. A vehicle for change, Southern Company has stayed true to its ATL roots while intentionally pouring back into the city they’ve called home for more than 100 years. Southern Company brings energy, progress and peace of mind to homes and businesses across the Southeast and beyond. Prided on its customer-focused approach and dedication to clean, safe, reliable, and affordable energy, Southern Company is more than just energy. It is deeply committed to uplifting and empowering the communities it serves....

Josh Rodgers

Nov 22, 2022

Propel Center To Distribute $1M In Scholarships To HBCU Students Thanks To Support From Apple And Southern Company

The Propel Center will brighten the future of Historically Black College and University (HBCU) students. According to a press release, the HBCU technology and learning hub will partner with Apple and Southern Company to launch its Propel Student Impact Scholarship totaling $1 million in funding. The scholarship program will be geared toward HBCU students pursuing careers in entrepreneurship, arts & entertainment, agri-tech, social justice, and health. Students will not only have a chance to receive $10,000 in scholarships but they will also work directly with Propel Center’s corporate partners for additional learning engagement opportunities. The move will advance the company’s effort to diversify the employment pipelines. “We at Propel are committed to not only building the ultimate Black talent pipeline, but also to supporting and sustaining the ever-changing global and diverse workforce experience,” said Dr. Charles J. Gibbs, president of the Propel Center HBCU Consortium,...

Samantha Dorisca

Feb 24, 2022

Southern Company, Global Leaders Announce $10M Grant To Help HBCU Students Land Jobs

Southern Company will be joining forces with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, and nonprofit INROADS, Inc., to help Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The global leaders have announced $10 million in grants via the Southern Company Foundation to ensure students attending HBCUs will receive the financial backing to pursue academic opportunities. The funds will encourage students to advance their talents and economic developments within their communities, campus, and beyond. “Degrees matter. Careers matter. Impact also matters. Imagine the impact of this initiative as graduates pursue careers focused on developing and ensuring the viability of our communities! Thanks to the Southern Company Foundation for this important investment and innovative collaboration with UNCF and Thurgood Marshall College Fund. This investment will go a long way to provide sustainable impact for HBCUs, their students, and our communities,” said...

Samantha Dorisca

Dec 17, 2021

Georgia Power, Southern Company Award Georgia HBCUs Over $1.6M For Critical Technology Needs

Georgia Power is showing its committment to supporting Georgia’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities with a donation toward infrastructure, technology tools, professional development, and more. The company, along with its parent, Southern Company announced that they will provide $1.625 million in funding through the Southern Company Foundation, according to a press release. This gift is part of the Southern Company’s multi-year funding strategy –announced in January 2020 — that will provide HBCU students with leadership development, scholarships, internships, and access to innovation and technology to support career readiness. It is included in the company and its subsidiaries’ $50 million HBCU Initiative. “Georgia Power has been a longtime partner of HBCUs in our state and I am proud we can build on our support for these important institutions through these grants,” said the president of Georgia Power, Chris Womack, in a press statement. “Not only are these schools...

Shanique Yates

Nov 30, 2020