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Career Advice: Sloane Drake

In this week’s installment of our Career Advice video series, Sloane Drake, Chief HR Officer at Southern Company shares tips  with Fair360, formerly DiversityInc Senior Business Writer Linda Bell on balancing dual roles.

2024 Top 50 Companies

Southern Company

Rank 21

Southern Company moved up three spots on the Top 50 list in 2024. The company and its charitable foundations are committing $250 million over five years to advance racial equity and social justice in their communities.

Chris Womack
Chairman and CEO

“At Southern Company, we remain steadfast in our commitment to fostering a fair and equitable environment for all. Our belief is that we best serve our customers, communities and shareholders and meet their evolving needs when we engage all perspectives. By fostering a culture where everyone is welcomed, valued, respected and heard, we not only attract the best and brightest talent but also champion belonging, innovation and excellence throughout our organization.”

Sloane Drake, EVP, Chief Human Resources Officer, Southern Company
Sloane Drake
CHRO and Senior Vice President of Human Resources

“Our people are the power of Southern Company. Their energy enables us to build a brighter future for our customers and the communities we call home. We drive results by valuing different opinions, backgrounds and experiences, and by welcoming diverse points of view. We celebrate our progress and are committed to a diverse and inclusive organization.”

From the Company

At Southern Company, Intentional Inclusion is embedded in Our Values, and we are focused on deliberately applying this approach in how we address diversity in all we do in practical, measurable ways.

We are focused on:

  • Meeting the requirements of our business by attracting, developing and retaining top, diverse talent and creating an environment in which every employee can contribute and reach their full potential.
  • Developing and sustaining relationships with diverse suppliers to broaden access to products and services to facilitate economic inclusion.
  • Forming partnerships and creating business alliances to help ensure the growth and vitality of the diverse communities in which we live, work and serve.

In 2020, Southern Company recognized that we were at a critical juncture in our nation’s history and faced the issues head-on. We doubled down on our DE+I efforts and our collective commitment to racial equity. While our work continues, below are some recent highlights of our efforts thus far:

  • Our commitment to advancing equity and inclusion means being open about how we are holding ourselves accountable to ensure change. In that spirit, Southern Company released the 2023 Moving to Equity Report.
  • As part of Southern Company’s longstanding commitment to provide equitable compensation to all employees, an external, independent consultant conducted 2024’s pay audit and determined that Southern Company’s compensation system is equitable across all subsidiaries.
  • Southern Company and its charitable foundations are committing $250 million over five years to advance racial equity and social justice in our communities.
  • In 2023 alone, we onboarded 57 new diverse suppliers, which expanded our vendor collaborative network.
  • $2.5 billion of contract expenditures went to diverse suppliers, thereby promoting economic inclusion.