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Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas), the biggest natural gas distributor in the United States announced that last year that it spent $673 million, its highest level of purchases in the history of the company, with 583 diverse suppliers.

The company surpassed California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) goal for contracting purchases with diverse suppliers for the 26th consecutive year in 2018.  

Over 40 percent of the utility’s contract spending went to women, minority, service-disabled veteran and LGBT-owned companies, almost twice the CPUC’s goal of 21.5 percent.

Bret Lane, chief executive officer for SoCalGas said that the company has “made significant investments in supplier diversity initiatives and provided technical assistance to help diverse firms grow and succeed.”

The company’s major contracts with diverse suppliers were for facilities and finance, environmental services and the mobile home park utility upgrade program. Twelve of SoCalGas’s 25 largest vendors are diverse suppliers.

SoCalGas also offers to these large and small suppliers its innovative training program, including contractor safety workshops, supplier development and technical assistance, seminars and other events.

In addition to its suppliers, SoCalGas’ commitment to diversity extends to the communities it serves as well as its employees. In 2018, SoCalGas gave over $7.5 million to almost 1,000 organizations across its service territory. The fund benefitted in part the underserved community groups in Hispanic American, African American, Native Americans and Asian Pacific American communities. The company’s diverse workforce of over 7,500 employees is composed of 68 percent people of color.

More information about SoCalGas’ commitment to supplier diversity is included in its newly-released 2018 Supplier Diversity Annual Report.