Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced that it spent $2.58 billion with diverse suppliers in 2017, accounting for 42.25 percent of its total procurement. For the sixth straight year, diverse suppliers including veteran-owned businesses, accounted for $2 billion-plus of the company’s spend and more than 40 percent of PG&E’s total spend for the fifth consecutive year. In addition, PG&E eclipsed the California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) diverse spending goal of 21.5 percent for the 12th year in a row.
“Diverse suppliers are key contributors in helping us serve our customers today and create the energy network of tomorrow. In turn, through our longstanding support of supplier diversity, PG&E has fostered economic opportunities in numerous local communities across California. We are committed to continuing our work with diverse suppliers as we strive every day to help build a better California,” said Pacific Gas and Electric Company President and Chief Operating Officer Nick Stavropoulos.
For nearly four decades, PG&E has been committed to supporting a diverse supply chain. The company has developed one of the leading supplier diversity programs in the energy industry.
“Utility construction presents numerous challenges, particularly for a company experiencing growth. Thanks to PG&E and their supplier development program, however, we have been able to grow our safety, quality and project management capability while also expanding our service offerings and field resources,” said Michael Robirds, President and CEO, of MDR INC (DBA as Accu-Bore), a certified Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise offering innovative design-build solutions for gas and electrical distribution infrastructure installation throughout California. “Additionally, in collaboration with PG&E, our management team has participated in training and mentoring sessions that have allowed our company to transition from a small business to a fully sustainable design-build contractor.”
In addition to maintaining high levels of spend with diverse suppliers, PG&E has focused on elevating the quality of its supplier diversity program by addressing key success factors for suppliers. One of the ways PG&E has supported diverse suppliers is by producing multiple workshops throughout the year which educate small and diverse businesses on how to compete for utility business. PG&E’s technical assistance and capacity building initiatives have helped businesses become more competitive.
The company has actively supported the development of its diverse suppliers through mentorship, scholarships, opportunity identification and value chain analysis. In addition, PG&E’s Supplier Development Program has matched 30 diverse suppliers with PG&E senior executive mentors.
PG&E’s Supply Chain Responsibility website contains more information about the program. The site also provides details on how to become a certified diverse supplier.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric energy companies in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com/ and www.pge.com/en/about/newsroom/index.page.