Energy & Utility Skills: Inclusion Measurement Framework 2023

Open to organisations across the energy and utilities sector, the 2023 Inclusion Measurement Framework aims to provide clear evidence of where the sector, and individual employers, can take action to move diversity and inclusion forward.

An underpinning principle of the Sector's Inclusion Commitment, Energy & Utility Skills’ Inclusion Measurement Framework measures inclusion across the themes of Leadership, Attraction and Recruitment, Retention and Progression. It aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the current diversity and inclusion picture across the sector and to help participating companies and the sector understand how and where improvements can be made.

The Inclusion Measurement Framework is open to all organisations in the energy and utilities sector and is free of charge to participate in. Organisations registering to take part will receive a link to submit their data with the data submission window opening from Monday 11th September to Friday 20th October.

Last year, key findings from the Inclusion Measurement Framework results identified that men make up 73.5% of the industry and 70.5% of leadership, and just 2.8% of leaders are from an ethnic minority background (down from 4% in 2020).
The supporting CEO survey identified good understanding of the issues, as well as clear drive and commitment to improve Equality, Diversity and Inclusion across not only their organisation but the industry as a whole.

Now in its fourth year, the Inclusion Measurement Framework will build on last year’s success. Participating companies will be able to benchmark their data against sector, industry (e.g. water, power, waste, gas, supply chain), organisational size and operating region.

As was the approach last year, we have extended the CEO survey to include senior leaders*. This will provide a unique snapshot of the views of sector CEOs and their leadership teams on what leading on inclusion means for them as well as providing insights into their journeys to leadership positions in the sector.  The Framework itself is extended to include understanding of the reasons individuals are leaving organisations and the sector.

Recognising that organisations are at different stages in their diversity and inclusion journeys and access to diversity data will vary, the framework is very much a best endeavours approach. Participating companies are asked to submit the data they can and are not expected to provide data for all data points. Collecting the data we can from across the sector allows us to set a foundation and help organisations and the wider sector improve their data going forward.

Energy & Utility Skills is sponsoring the project, with The Equal Group managing the data collation and analysis.

“ Using the Inclusion Measurement Framework data, our sector can continue to measure and track progress towards a diverse workforce that is reflective of the customers and communities it serves and identify areas for particular focus. The 2022 report demonstrates the impact of EDI efforts but there is more to do. By increasing levels of participation in the Inclusion Measurement Framework the data will become increasingly valuable both in tracking progress and identifying the key areas that can drive sustainable change in the diversity of the sector’s workforce.”

Louise Parry
Director of People and Organisational Development

Data submission closes on Friday 20th October and the results of the CEO Survey and the Measurement Framework will be published in early 2024.