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Diversity & Inclusion at PJM

PJM is committed to diversity and inclusion. PJM defines diversity as difference or uniqueness among individuals emanating from factors such as age, culture, physical ability or appearance, educational level or background, job function, organizational level or business background, national or regional origin, family status, gender, perspectives, race, religion, sexual orientation and thinking style, among others.

PJM defines inclusion as the process of valuing, respecting, managing and leveraging differences to both support the company values and enhance its business results.

Diversity & Inclusion at a Glance PDF

Video: What Does Inclusion Mean?

The Council

As designated by the PJM Executive Team, the Diversity and Inclusion Council recommends and participates in initiatives that address all three major aspects of the company’s Diversity and Inclusion strategy: its workforce, its work environment and its external marketplace, including members, communities, regulators and other key stakeholders. The council provides advice to PJM on issues and challenges related to diversity, inclusion and the achievement of the organization’s diversity and inclusion objectives.

We must work together to confront racism and discrimination of all kinds to create a more inclusive world. At PJM, we stand with our colleagues, our members and our communities in the fight for equality and dignity for all. Within our company, we will strive to create a workforce that reflects the communities we serve, and an environment where everyone feels a sense of belonging.” 
Manu Asthana – President and CEO

At PJM, we are asking ourselves what bold and compelling actions we can take to address our needs and the needs of the greater PJM community. Our diversity strategy is built on three pillars: workforce diversity, workplace inclusion and community accountability. We will take action to build upon these pillars and continue to foster a work environment that champions our differences, just as we champion the differences within our footprint and in the communities around us.” 
Asim Haque, Vice President – State & Member Services, and Executive Sponsor of the Diversity & Inclusion Council

Core Values

Diversity and teamwork are embedded in PJM’s Core Values. Employees respect diversity by recognizing and accepting the different abilities, backgrounds, cultures and needs of each individual.

Employee Resource Groups

Employee resource groups offer PJM employees an opportunity to share a connection and build networks based on attributes such as personal interests, identity, role, or membership in a particular organization. Participation in any employee resource group is open to all employees.

PJM’s employee resource groups include:

Employee resource groups benefit participants by increasing opportunities for PJM employees to get involved and by fostering a sense of community in the workplace. They also provide an opportunity for employees to build networks and foster mentoring relationships to help them with personal career development.

The Diversity and Inclusion Council invites employees to participate in forming employee resource groups, which will be led by employees with oversight from the council. These groups are part of the Diversity and Inclusion Council’s overall strategy for diversity and inclusion at PJM.

PJM can benefit from employee resource groups because they can improve communications between employees and company leadership, serve as a resource for addressing diversity issues and improve employee engagement.

Supplier Diversity

PJM recognizes the importance and benefits of a diverse supplier base. It is good for PJM, for our members, for the business community and for the 65 million people who live and work in the region PJM serves. Not only is supplier diversity the right thing to do – it makes good business sense.

Learn more about supplier diversity.