Employee Resource Groups
One of the best ways for AEP to demonstrate its commitment to a trusting and inclusive work environment is to empower employees to form and participate in Employee Resource Groups (ERG). Our ERGs reflect the diverse makeup of our workforce and communities that we serve. They contribute to the company’s diversity and inclusion objectives and business goals in several key areas to include recruitment, retention, professional development, customer education and community outreach. Through our ERGs, we gain valuable insight into the diverse communities that we serve. They also serve to increase employee engagement by providing employees with a safe space to discuss workforce-related issues and to develop innovative solutions to help improve the work environment and the overall success of our company.
AEP’s Employee Resource Groups
Employee Resource Groups support AEP’s values and goals while contributing to the company’s diversity and inclusion objectives.
Multi-Cultural Employee Resource Group (new in 2018)
- Asian American Employee Partnership
- Hispanic Origin-Latin American (HOLA) Employee Resource Group
- African American Employee Resource Group
- Military Veterans Employee Resource Group
- AEP Pride Partnership [for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) employees and their allies]
- Abled and Disabled Allies Partnering Together (ADAPT)
- Native American Employee Resource Group (NAERG)
Open to all employees, the ERGs sponsor programs and events focused on culture, education and personal and professional development. They are active community volunteers supporting efforts such as Project Mentor and Make a Difference Day. ERGs also play an active role in AEP’s diversity and inclusion efforts, including recruitment.
One of the key factors that contribute to the success and growth of our ERGs is the support they receive from senior management. Senior leaders are selected by the groups to serve as executive sponsors who advocate for the ERG and its issues, provide strategic guidance, enlist the support of other senior leaders and connect ERG members with relevant stakeholders. In addition, the executive sponsors ensure that the ERG program gains visibility and support across the enterprise.