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Community Impact

Southern Company’s commitment to DE&I is centered on real people and their experiences, it’s at the core of what we do and why we serve. Whether a long tenured employee, new hire, community member, or board member, connecting the humanity in our differences is paramount in our move to equity and how we build the future of energy.​

Learn more below about our work strengthening, empowering, and amplifying the communities we work and live in. ​

Energy Justice

Of the $225 million pledged, $25 million is dedicated to energy justice. By definition, energy justice refers to the goal of achieving equity in both the social and economic participation in the energy, while also remediating any adverse impacts, as we seek to decarbonize and ultimately reach a net zero greenhouse gas emissions future. We are committed to funding energy assistance as well as job training and economic support for our communities, including minority and low-income communities.

Alabama Power employee successfully forges new path after plant retirement

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Birmingham’s Powell Avenue Steam Plant to yet again fuel downtown growth

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Plant Riverside: A plant’s new life along the river

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Criminal Justice Equity

Of the $225 million pledged, $50 million will go to organizations that address criminal justice inequities. Organizations working to lower criminalization rages, support transition and re-entry into society, create pre-arrest diversion programs and reduce racial profiling.

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Economic Empowerment

Customers are at the center of all we do at Southern Company. Reflecting the diversity of the millions of homes and businesses we are privileged to serve is core to Our Values. That is why we have a longstanding commitment to working with small and diverse businesses in our communities in a manner that helps spur economic vibrancy and growth, inclusion and leads to good jobs and opportunity.

Southern Company receives 2022 Business Diversity Excellence Award for efforts to advance purchasing opportunities for diverse suppliers

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Black businesses deliver value that helps system serve customers and communities

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Spotlight on three women-led businesses that helps system serve customers and communities

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Supplier Diversity

Through our supplier diversity work, we not only focus on doing more work with local, small and Black- and minority-owned businesses, we also partner with business leaders and organizations to provide mentorship and job opportunities. Those sustained economic development efforts lift communities up – especially those that historically have been underrepresented – and lead to a stronger, healthier economy that benefits us all. Here is a summary of our system’s combined economic impact for 2021.

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Supporting our Communities

At Southern Company we are bigger than our bottom line. We are committed and deeply rooted in all the communities we are privileged to serve. Whether through non-profit board service or foundation investments, partnerships or the more than half a million volunteer hours our employees dedicate each year; we believe in being a citizen wherever we serve. That’s why we work every day to make the communities where we live and work better and more equitable.

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OUR IMPACT

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TRANSFORMATION REPORT

Learn more about our move to equity framework, how we will hold ourselves accountable, and the actions we are taking.

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JUST TRANSITION REPORT

As we transition to a clean energy future, we understand there will be potential opportunities and challenges for our workforce, communities and customers. Learn more about our commitment to a Just Transition for all of our stakeholders.

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ANNUAL REPORT

Every day at Southern Company, we work to make smarter moves for our climate, deliver a more reliable and resilient system and advance diversity, equity and inclusion in our workplace and in our communities. Explore this report to learn more about how we put our vision into motion.

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