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The Power of Us

A culture of inclusion is a core business value that creates understanding, sparks innovation, and allows us to better serve our customers. We are committed to creating an impactful and equitable experience for our employees, our shareholders, our customers and our community.

Our Vision

We believe diversity is a powerful force that enhances our ability to serve our employees, customers, suppliers, and other stakeholders. We are committed to fostering a culture that values and celebrates individual differences and their positive impact.

Our Plan

At AEP, we believe in doing the right thing every time for our customers and each other. We recognize inclusion helps us better serve our employees, customers, suppliers and other key stakeholders. Leadership accountability ensures we drive initiatives and our progress is also linked to our annual employee culture survey, which helps us measure our success. We have tied it to our annual incentive compensation objectives, so everyone is invested in achieving our goals.

As a strategic priority, our commitment to inclusion efforts are guided by four principles:

Leadership Accountability

Establish leadership accountability culture and inclusion outcomes

  • Continue to measure representation, talent development and movement at the enterprise and business unit levels
  • Refresh talent planning and review process
  • Increase communication across the enterprise about inclusion progress

Diverse Workforce

Build and maintain a workforce that reflects the communities we serve

  • Increase the number of diverse leaders within development programs and successor pools

Inclusive Workplace

Promote an inclusive culture where ALL employees can thrive

  • Increase engagement through programming, mentoring and development
  • Measure Employee Resource Group participation and effectiveness
  • Measure inclusion progress through annual employee culture survey

Community Well-Being

Support the communities we serve so they will prosper

  • Increase volunteerism and amplify community impact stories across service territories
  • Increase spend with small and diverse businesses within our communities

Our Strategy in Action

We are proud to cultivate an environment of inclusivity that enables our team members to take an active role in our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). These groups focus on promoting a sense of community and understanding within our workplace, as well as attracting and retaining a diverse talent pool, all while identifying ways to give back to our community through volunteerism. We firmly believe that by harnessing the varied talents and perspectives of our team, we can establish a workplace culture that is both enriching and meaningful.

Employee Resource Groups

  • Abled and Differently Abled Allies Partnering Together (ADAPT)
  • Asian-American Employee Partnership (AAEP)
  • Black Employee Resource Group (BERG)
  • Empowered Parents & Caregivers (EP|C)
  • Hispanic Origin Latin American Employee Resource Group (HOLA)
  • Military Veteran Employee Resource Group (MVERG)
  • Native American Tribes Interacting Observing Networking (NATION)
  • PRIDE Employee Resource Group
  • Women @ Work Employee Resource Group (W@W)

The Power of Us: Culture and Inclusion Report

Our culture and inclusion report; The Power of Us, reflects our commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace culture that embraces and celebrates differences. The report offers a comprehensive overview of our efforts to promote inclusion within our workforce, a detailed analysis of our progress toward achieving our goals and insights into our plans to continue building a vibrant, dynamic work culture.

We celebrate our differences and use them as a strength to deliver for our customers. We have made significant strides to create a more inclusive culture, and our journey is not over. We must continue to evolve so AEP is a place where everyone has the opportunity to thrive. We are better when everyone is included and working toward a common goal.

2022 Culture & Inclusion Report

The Power of Us

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Our Commitments

We support and participate in numerous external partnerships and diversity, equity and inclusion commitments.

  • Paradigm for Parity®
  • CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ pledge
  • Columbus Commitment: Achieving Pay Equity
  • City of Tulsa’s Pay Equity Pledge in Oklahoma
  • Take the Pledge for Action | National Association of Manufacturers
  • Business Roundtable's Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation
  • Edison Electric Institute (EEI) Advancing Racial Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Our Awards

We’re proud to be recognized for our efforts to build a more diverse, inclusive work culture.

View our awards