“We have the opportunity to proudly declare what we do stand for: diversity and inclusion and fostering a culture at BGE where everyone feels safe and valued.”
There is no room for hate, intolerance, discrimination, or harassment of any kind – either obvious or covert – toward our colleagues, our customers, or anyone. We cannot tolerate it and none of us can stand by quietly if we observe it.
We, along with the entire Exelon family of companies, are challenging our employees to be a proactive source of positive change toward a more inclusive and equitable world. In a recent message to Exelon Corporation’s more than 33,000 employees, President and CEO Chris Crane wrote, “Ask yourself these three questions: What can I do to change my department, company, neighborhood or town for the better? What are the behaviors I’m modeling? Am I ready and willing to speak up if I see behavior that isn’t consistent with this critical value?”
BGE CEO Carim Khouzami followed with the message below, sent to all BGE employees:
May 28, 2020
Today, Chris Crane addressed the disturbing and unacceptable series of incidents of racial discrimination and violence that have occurred recently across the country. Locally, there were reports of hate-filled flyers distributed to the doorsteps of residents of Westminster.
Horrendous acts like these naturally create feelings of sadness, anger, discouragement and fear regardless of when or where they take place. They threaten to undermine our unity and our commitment to each other. Incidents like this impact both our employees and our community. And, even though these recent incidents occurred outside of our workplaces, they violate the values we hold dear at BGE and throughout Exelon.
As Chris made clear, we have another course available to us. We can reaffirm that discrimination and violence in any form have no place within Exelon or BGE. They are not tolerated. They are not something to remain silent about. Instead, we have the opportunity to proudly declare what we do stand for: diversity and inclusion and fostering a culture at BGE where everyone feels safe and valued.
Even as we find ourselves practicing physical distancing to combat COVID-19, I know that BGE employees will not allow a wedge that can be driven between us and the pillars that form the foundation of BGE.
Thank you for rejecting violence and discrimination, for engaging in respectful dialogue and for your focus on supporting each other and our communities.
Continue to be safe and well.