|ComEd is determined to be the best electric delivery and energy information company by providing superior value for our customers and our employees through innovative solutions to meet their needs. Critical to our success in this effort is our commitment to a diverse workforce. Diversity is a business imperative, a core value and a moral obligation for ComEd. As the provider of electricity for 3.8 million customers in northern Illinois, including the city of Chicago, our strength flows from our employees. We strive to attract and retain talented, highly motivated people who understand the importance of embracing differences in their colleagues and promoting an environment of inclusion in all aspects of our business. | Among the many reasons why diversity is important to ComEd is the broad range of viewpoints that come with having a diverse workforce. We believe that every individual has the potential to make outstanding contributions regardless of their age, race, gender, color, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical abilities, veteran status, or religion. Building upon the diversity of our workforce increases our chances of achieving success. We view diversity as an essential business model for a sustainable future but the overarching reason it’s so important to ComEd is this: it’s the right thing to do.
ComEd has 6,000 employees and among them 36 percent are minorities and 22 percent are women. Our employees reflect the communities that we serve and it is our diversity that enables us to better connect with ourá minority- and women-owned businesses. For example, our spending with diverse suppliers in 2008 totaled $168.5 million.