PG&E Named One Of America's Top 50 Community-Minded Companies
Utility Ranks 21st in "The Civic 50" Published by Bloomberg Businessweek
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 9, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Pacific Gas and Electric Company
(PG&E) has been recognized as one of America's most community-minded companies
in The Civic 50 survey—the first comprehensive ranking of S&P 500 corporations
that best use their time, talent and resources to improve the quality of life
in the communities where they do business.
The survey was conducted by the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) and
Points of Light, both experts on civic engagement, in partnership with
Bloomberg LP. The full Civic 50 ranking is posted at Bloomberg Businessweek's
"It's an honor to achieve national recognition for the work we do every day to
serve our communities, beyond the basics of delivering safe, reliable and
affordable gas and electricity," said Ezra Garrett, vice president of
community relations and chief sustainability officer for PG&E. "Our corporate
charitable giving—focused on advancing the causes of education, environmental
stewardship, and community and economic vitality—is just the start for PG&E.
Our employees demonstrate a selfless spirit of giving, which we embrace and
encourage by linking them with opportunities to donate their time and
"Today, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, we can see clearly how much
corporate America pitches in—with expertise, talent, time and money—to help
communities meet critical needs," said Jackie Norris, executive director of
the Points of Light Corporate Institute. "In times of disaster and in relative
calm, The Civic 50's work is transformative, innovative and critically
To assist those affected by Hurricane Sandy, PG&E is one of several utilities
nationwide that have sent electrical workers and equipment to help restore
power in the hardest-hit areas. Additionally, PG&E extended its annual
employee giving campaign to allow time to donate to relief efforts, and the
company announced it will match cash donations up to a total of $50,000 to the
American Red Cross' Hurricane Sandy response.
To identify The Civic 50, companies' civic engagement programs were evaluated
on seven specific metrics: leadership, measurement and strategy, design,
employee civic health, community partnerships, cause alignment and
transparency. Winning companies employed increasingly sophisticated tools to
measure the impact of community engagement and alignment of these programs
with their business's core competencies.
More than two-thirds of the top 50 companies, including PG&E, say they
"frequently" or "always" use the professional skills of their workforce to
address social issues and real community challenges.PG&E is also among the 66
percent of the top 50 that say they have "mission-level" alignment with the
community partners, meaning they work with them on the highest strategic
level, not just on individual programs or events.
"NCoC is proud to be part ofThe Civic 50launch," said Ilir Zherka, executive
director of NCoC. "The Civic 50demonstrates thatthe bestcompanies in
Americaare deeply committed to strengthening their respective communities.
Leaders of these companies are aligning the expertise of their companies and
peoplewith the needs of their communities, and then measuring the impact of
their programs. NCoC hopesThe Civic 50will spur companies
throughoutourcountryto do the same."
An article about The Civic 50, looking at the philanthropic efforts of some of
the top companies, appears in the Nov. 12-18, 2012, issue of Bloomberg
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG),
is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the
United States. Based in San Francisco, with 20,000 employees, the company
delivers some of the nation's cleanest energy to 15 million people in Northern
and Central California. For more information, visit
http://www.pge.com/about/newsroom/ and www.pgecurrents.com.
SOURCE Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)
Contact: PG&E External Communications, +1-415-973-5930
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