Driving the change for a diverse and inclusive work environment
And striving to be open and inclusive for all
Centrica strives to be a place where everyone is treated equally and fairly. Wanting everyone to feel welcome and included, no matter who they are or what their background is. This means big change and we’re committed to driving that change.
Our mission is to be open and inclusive for all – regardless of colour, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or culture – from the very top of our organisation to the very bottom. And not just behind closed doors, but in everything we do and everywhere we go.
Green is not the only colour we pride ourselves on
You may have noticed our new vans are run exclusively on electricity and are totally ‘green’ but look closer and you’ll see there’s a whole spectrum of colour on show.
We’re planning on updating our entire fleet, but right now we're working on 650 new electric vans and each features the re-imagined pride flag by artist Daniel Quasar. The flag’s designed to include not only the LGBTQ+ community but also the marginalised LGBTQ+ communities of ethnic minorities, Trans and those living with HIV/AIDS . For us this progressive version symbolises diversity of all kinds, so next time you see that colourful flag driving past, remember it’s our promise to continue to drive forward our mission to be open and inclusive for all.
Flying the flag for inclusivity
Colourful words mean nothing without action, that’s why we’ve set up several employee networks to represent minority groups and help action real change - and each network is open to all.
Spectrum is our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans+ (LGBTQ+) employee network created to make it easier for everyone to bring their whole selves to work, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
VOICE stands for Valuing Our Identity, Culture and Ethnicity and this network seeks to break barriers, increase awareness and gain allies by educating our colleagues, maximising our data and empowering our communities on race and ethnicity issues.
The British Gas Women’s Network seeks to be a catalyst for change by enabling and empowering women to meet their full potential in the workplace with the vision to be recognised as a great place for women to work.
DAWN is our Disability and Wellbeing Network where people with any form of disability feel supported so that they can thrive at work.
We’re making progress thanks to our diversity initiatives
Thanks to the hard work from our employee networks, and the support from all our employees we’ve created several initiatives that have begun to make real change. Changes that have helped us make it to number 79 in the Financial Times top 100 diversity leaders in Europe, and next year we’re aiming much higher.
We’ve introduced Transitioning at Work Guidelines, which aim at providing support to employees and their managers when transitioning within the workplace.
We’ve organised events for Trans Awareness Week to raise awareness and educate our colleagues about important LGBTQ+ issues
We’ve set up Responsible Business Ambitions, removing bias from recruitment with diverse shortlists and recruitment agencies, and rolling out unconscious bias training for all colleagues
We’ve signed up to the race to work charter supporting managers to take practical steps to tackle the barriers that ethnic minority employees face at work with five clear actions.
We’ve joined the Career Accelerator Mentoring Scheme where members of ethnic minority employees can volunteer to be mentors to underrepresented students in school.
Let's keep encouraging inclusivity and make equality a reality
We’re proud of what we’ve achieved so far, but we know this is just the beginning. An organisation as big as British Gas has a responsibility to pave the way and be true leaders on all issues of inclusivity. Most importantly we genuinely want to make equality a reality in our business. It’s going to be an exciting road ahead and everyone is welcome to join us on the journey.