RES, the world's largest independent renewables company, announced it had achieved bronze certification through the Diversity Equity Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ) Certification Program from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).
By earning this certification, the company demonstrates its commitment to creating a more inclusive and diverse workplace and culture in the solar industry.
"We have a philosophy at RES to provide fair and equitable pay for our employees and the bronze DEIJ certification from SEIA demonstrates that commitment," said John Rohde, CEO of RES in the Americas. "We're incredibly proud of the work we've done to analyze pay equity at RES and look forward to continuing this important initiative and developing a fair and inclusive workplace."
Through objective analysis, RES is working toward pay equity for women and racial/ethnic groups. RES strives to have pay transparency for all US job postings and promote a culture of pay equity that will advance diversity, equity and inclusion. In an effort to attract more talented and qualified women into the company, RES has made the following changes to its hiring process:
- Rewriting job descriptions in postings to appeal to women
- Ensuring that at least one female interviewer is included in the interview process
- Not asking for past salary history in making compensation decisions for new hires
- Following Colorado's Equal Pay for Equal Work Act and have instituted salary transparency for all US posted positions
The DEIJ Certification Program from SEIA was designed by Diversity Certified Professionals and uses evidence-based approaches to improve diversity practices within companies. It guides participants through a broad range of modules on diversity topics—requiring them to complete activities that help create a more inclusive work environment, serve the communities they work in, and attract, hire, promote, and retain diverse talent. Companies earn levels of certification by completing each series of these modules.
The program is also designed to help energy businesses make progress from wherever they are on their DEIJ journey, and encourages participation from companies of all sizes, regardless of their budget or resources.
Established in 1981, RES has been at the forefront of the renewables industry for over 40 years. It has delivered more than 22GW of renewable energy projects across the globe and secured 1.5GW of power purchase agreements (PPAs), enabling access to energy at the lowest cost.
RES employs more than 2,000 people and is active in 11 countries working across solar, wind, energy storage, transmission and distribution.