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4 August 2013 | Will Green
EDF Energy's nuclear programme procurement team has been recognised for its supplier diversity programme.
EDF Energy Nuclear Generation scooped the ‘Inclusive Procurement Award’ at the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion (ENEI) ceremony last month.
The team has incorporated diversity and inclusion principles into the tendering process, developed a suppliers’ guide covering the issues and is monitoring the diversity of suppliers’ workforces.
Judges praised EDF for “using influence as a significant procurer of products and services to encourage and promote diversity through the supply chain”.
The 220-strong team – working across procurement, operations support, contract management, materials management and stores – has an annual spend of around £700 million and deals with 2,500 suppliers.
EDF Energy was judged overall winner in the private sector category of the ENEI awards, also picking up the ‘Tapping Into Talent’ award for a mentoring scheme.
Janet Hogben, chief people officer and chair of the diversity and inclusion action group at EDF, said: "Everyone can feel very proud of these achievements. They reflect our shared commitment towards an inclusive and diverse organisation.
“Everyone plays a role in creating a culture of inclusion and it is something that I and a lot of people feel very passionately about.”
ENEI chief executive Denise Keating said: “These awards recognise the commitment of organisations to achieving diverse and inclusive workplaces, celebrating the teams and individuals who really are making a difference.”