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Exelon Earns High Marks for Putting People and Environment First

Exelon Named to Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the 13th Consecutive Year

​​​​​We only have one planet, so we all have to take care of it, including Exelon. That’s why we work every day to make sure we are doing the right thing for the environment, the communities we serve and our employees.

For 13 consecutive years, Exelon has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for its leadership on environmental policies, pursuit of energy innovation, commitment to employees and track record of community stewardship. 

“We’re proud to be recognized for the work our employees do in their communities and our continuous investment in technology and innovation to deliver clean, reliable energy for our customers,” said Chris Crane, Exelon’s President and CEO.

Launched in 1999, the Dow Jones Sustainability Index tracks the leading sustainability-driven companies based on an analysis of environmental, social and governance factors. The indices serve as benchmarks for investors who integrate sustainability considerations into their portfolios, and provide an effective engagement platform for companies seeking to adopt sustainable best practices.

Out of 600 companies evaluated, Exelon was one of seven electric and gas companies named to the DJSI for North America out of 32 companies in the utilities category. Companies are judged on 25 categories, and Exelon earned high marks in several of them because we are always raising the bar and working toward ever-higher sustainability goals.

In April, Exelon set a new goal to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions related to its operations by 15 percent by 2022. The goal comes on top of our continuing efforts to reduce emissions through our low-carbon energy solutions, such as nuclear and renewables, and our customer energy efficiency programs. Energy efficiency programs at our six electric and gas companies saved customers more than 19.2 million megawatt hours of electricity in 2017, the equivalent of burning enough coal to fill a train of railcars extending from Maryland to California.

Our seventh Innovation Expo in August brought more than 3,000 employees and industry experts together to explore new approaches to challenges affecting the energy industry, as well as ways to improve customer service. The event featured virtual reality technology, drones, data analytics and dozens of other emerging technologies being deployed throughout Exelon. More than 270 displays showcased innovative ideas from employees across the company as part of a competition to identify the best solutions to challenges facing customers, the environment and the business today.

However, fostering sustainability is about more than just lowering emissions and adopting new technology. It’s also about taking care of our people and ensuring we and our partners remain accountable to the communities we serve. 

Over the past year, Exelon continued to advance programs and policies to benefit employees and create a more inclusive workforce. Last year, the company joined the United Nation’s HeForShe campaign, pledging to invest $3 million from the Exelon Foundation in STEM programs for young women and girls and to improve the company’s retention of women by 2020. The company also implemented an enhanced paid leave policy for new parents and maintained compliance with Exelon’s Equal Pay Pledge, first adopted in 2016. As a result of these and other initiatives, the company was again named to DiversityInc’s list of the Top 50 Companies for Diversity and Inclusion.

In 2017, Exelon and our family of companies, our employees and the Exelon Foundation also set records for corporate philanthropy and volunteerism, committing more than $52 million in giving and volunteering 210,000 hours to community nonprofits. 

In everything we do, Exelon strives to achieve the right balance between environmental and social sustainability.  We believe that focus gives us a competitive advantage that will help us build a stronger company and create a better future for our customers and communities.