COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 9, 2018 – American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) was been named one of the Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion for the third consecutive year.
The recognition was announced today by the US Business Leadership Network and the American Association of People with Disabilities, who conduct the Disability Equality Index® (DEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on disability-friendly employment policies, programs and practices.
“AEP is proud to foster a culture of diversity and inclusion, which allows our employees to bring their best to work each day to serve our customers. We are honored to be recognized for the third year in a row for our efforts to support employees with disabilities,” said Nicholas K. Akins, AEP chairman, president and chief executive officer.
The DEI survey evaluates cultural factors, leadership, community engagement, support services and workplace policies that promote accessibility.
AEP supports accessibility for workers with disabilities in a number of ways, including workplace accommodations and promoting and funding the activities of an employee resource group called ADAPT (Abled and Disabled Allies Partnering Together). ADAPT facilitates networking and information-sharing for employees and contractors with disabilities and their allies. ADAPT also supports the company’s efforts to recruit and accommodate employees with disabilities.
American Electric Power, based in Columbus, Ohio, is focused on building a smarter energy infrastructure and delivering new technologies and custom energy solutions to our customers. AEP’s more than 17,000 employees operate and maintain the nation’s largest electricity transmission system and more than 224,000 miles of distribution lines to efficiently deliver safe, reliable power to nearly 5.4 million regulated customers in 11 states. AEP also is one of the nation’s largest electricity producers with approximately 33,000 megawatts of diverse generating capacity, including 4,200 megawatts of renewable energy. AEP’s family of companies includes utilities AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas). AEP also owns AEP Energy, AEP Energy Partners, AEP OnSite Partners and AEP Renewables, which provide innovative competitive energy solutions nationwide.