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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Discover more about our mission to build an inclusive and diverse workforce.

Why is diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) so important?

Everyone wants to feel welcome at work and to feel as if they can be themselves. The best way to achieve this is through fostering an inclusive workplace, where diversity is embraced. We're committed to creating a work environment where people are treated fairly and where everyone feels respected, valued and empowered to reach their full potential. Our mission is to build a business that represents, reflects and celebrates the cultures and communities we serve.

Achieving this is everyone’s responsibility. We all need to be honest and open in the way we communicate and work together to ensure everyone is accepted, supported and given the chance to succeed. A welcoming environment where all our people can share their diverse skills, cultures, backgrounds, expertise and insights is the key to a united team and a successful business.

John Pettigrew
"I fundamentally believe that it's our people that make National Grid such a great place to work, and ensuring that we create the right environment to allow everyone to be themselves and to thrive is essential."

— John Pettigrew, Chief Executive, National Grid

Our values

At National Grid what we deliver is important, but how we deliver is just as important. Our core values are Do the Right Thing, Find a Better Way and Make It Happen, and this extends to our colleagues, customers and the community. We're passionate about living our values and for us doing the right thing is ensuring everyone is respected and can bring their whole, authentic self to work. This enables us all to fulfil our potential and find better ways to work together and make it happen to deliver on our ambition as a business.

Find out more about our vision and values


Our DEI strategy

Our aspiration is to one day be among the most inclusive, diverse and equitable companies in business. We will do this by:

  • empowering our people by embedding inclusion into everything we do

  • building a diverse an innovative green workforce for our customers

  • moving boldly and quickly to deliver organisation-wide equity through our processes

  • using our voice, platform and influence to create dialogue and elevate issues impacting people across the world.

Our Responsible Business Charter

Our Responsible Business Charter sets out what responsibility means for us, and our commitments and ambitions over the coming years. Whether it's making sure young people today become the problem solvers of tomorrow, tackling climate change by reducing our own emissions, or helping our customers use energy more efficiently, we will take action.

Our vision is to build and develop an inclusive culture and a diverse workforce that is fully representative of the communities we serve. We treat everyone fairly and equally, without discrimination on the grounds of race, age, role, gender, gender identity, colour, religion, country of origin, sexual orientation, marital status, dependents, disability, social class or political views.

Download our Responsible Business Charter


Awards and recognition

We're recognised as a good employer who takes our responsibilities to make everyone welcome at work seriously. We continue to strive to drive progress and we are proud that our efforts have been rewarded across the globe.

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2023 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index

National Grid is one of 484 companies across 45 countries to be included in the 2023 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI), which aims to track the performance of public companies committed to transparency in gender-data reporting. It measures gender equality across five pillars: female leadership and talent pipeline; equal pay and gender pay parity; inclusive culture; anti-sexual harassment policies; and, pro-women brand.

Find out more about the Bloomberg GEI


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2022 Workforce Disclosure Initiative

In 2022, National Grid took part in the Workforce Disclosure Initiative for the fifth consecutive year. We were awarded a disclosure score of 84% and received a special mention at the annual WDI Transparency Awards in the Workforce Action category. Participation in the initiative highlights commitment to improving workforce related metrics such as diversity, equality and inclusion, as well as ensuring workplace policies are aligned to relevant standards.

Find out more about the Workforce Disclosure Initiative

The Times Top 50 Employers for Women in 2022


The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2022

The annual Times Top 50 list recognises the employers that are taking action to drive gender equality at work.

The businesses in the Top 50 are all working towards gender equality – from embracing flexible working practices to tackling the pay gap and normalising caring responsibilities for all genders.

Find out more about The Times Top 50

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No.1 for gender equality in the 2022 Equileap report

We rank 1st in the UK and 3rd globally for gender equality in an assessment of almost 4000 companies in 23 markets by Equileap, the leading provider of gender equality data & insights, in 2021. Among the utility companies that were assessed, we rank 1st in the UK and the world.

Find out more about the Equileap report



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The Valuable 500

We've joined 499 other companies around the world to take action on disability inclusion.

Find out more about the Valuable 500

Championing diversity – employees lead the way

Diversity is championed and led by our own people. We have 17 highly active Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) that are voluntary and employee led.

ERGs provide a crucial support network for everyone who works at National Grid, helping to raise awareness of all the diverse types of people who work within our organisation in the US and the UK. They champion and support the needs of many areas including LGBTQ+, disability and gender, veterans and new starters, through events and campaigns held throughout the year.

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UK Gender Pay Gap

We’re committed to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce that‘s fully representative of the communities we serve. Our gender pay gap report for 2021 is now available to view.

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Women in energy

We’re making strong progress in our goal towards gender equality at National Grid, and recognise that we can play a part in helping to ensure that women are equally represented in the energy industry.

Grid for Good

This flagship community investment programme from National Grid is designed to support 16-24-year olds from the most disadvantaged backgrounds, by giving them the life and industry-specific skills they need to find meaningful employment.

Remarkable people

To celebrate the many different people working across our business we have created Remarkable, which collects real life stories about inclusion, working smarter, personal development, giving back and determination to succeed.

Rodney Williams

Rodney is a Lead Project Engineer for National Grid. Here he talks about his job, his interests and being selected as a top 50 Ethnic Minority Future Leader by The Times for two years in a row.

Rea Plummer: Championing diversity and hard work

Kieran White: Holding on to your dreams

Emma Morton: Being your whole self

Georgina Davis: Juggling work, care and study