Diversity in the Energy Sector is Not Only a Matter of Representation, But a Source of Strength and Innovation
As part of the monthly “In Our Element” series honoring Energy Workforce’s 90th Anniversary, we are highlighting the “Elements That Make Us Whole,” how the diversity of the men and women in the energy services sector has made significant impacts on the industry over the past nine decades..
As part of the monthly 90th Anniversary “In Our Element” series, we are highlighting “The Elements That Make Us Whole,” how the diversity of the men and women in the energy services sector has made significant impacts on the industry over the past nine decades. From field workers and engineers to board members and executives, diversity is not only a matter of representation but a source of strength and innovation.
While at times unexpected, gender and cultural diversity has played a significant role in the growth and advancement of the industry from the beginning. Rising to meet a challenge, World War II brought women into the oilfield services sector, stepping into roles left open by men fighting overseas. Or fighting for workers of all races and genders through the development of a fair practice code for oilfield workers as done by the foundational precursor to Energy Workforce & Technology Council, the American Petroleum Equipment Suppliers Association in 1933.
Energy Workforce’s Member Companies have long understood that a diverse workforce not only reflects the varied backgrounds of a global industry but also drives innovation and enhances overall performance. Through initiatives like the 2018 and 2021 Inclusion and Diversity Studies, Energy Workforce has supported our Member Companies’ goals to promote diversity at every level of the workforce. The programs stemming from these studies have improved recruitment practices and provided professional development opportunities, which has overall created a more inclusive corporate culture.
Embracing and valuing diversity is crucial to our continued growth and resilience in an ever-changing world. As part of the industry’s commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion, Energy Workforce strives to celebrate these diverse perspectives, and will continue to work diligently to ensure that our industry remains at the forefront of fostering an inclusive and diverse workforce.
Deidre Almstead Kohlrus, Senior Director Government Affairs, writes about industry-specific policies for the Energy Workforce & Technology Council. Click here to subscribe to the Energy Workforce newsletter, which highlights sector-specific issues, best practices, activities and more.