SunPower: Powering a More Equitable Workforce
SunPower is committed to creating a strong culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion and is on a mission of changing the way the world is powered through solar energy and storage. Just like its customers, SunPower wants a workforce to reflect the same diversity, which is why they have pledged 25x25.
SunPower values diversity of all kinds and leads with intention. This starts with building awareness for every employee and holding themselves accountable by listening, learning, and improving. A culture of diversity and inclusion leads to more innovation, healthier working relationships, better decision-making, more fulfilled employees, a better ability to serve our customers, and ultimately a company that does well by doing good.
Achieving diversity and inclusiveness is a continuous journey, and SunPower strives to take meaningful, actionable steps along the way to empower a more equitable workforce and a better world for generations to come.
Conduct annual pay parity reviews to ensure we pay our employees equitably.
Support an active and passionate internal employee resource group, the Team for Inclusion, Diversity and Equality (TIDE), which hosts employee workshops, provides training and advocates for diversity, inclusion, parity and work/life balance policies.
Partner with diverse student and professional societies in colleges and universities for internships and employment opportunities.
Adhere to the CEO Pledge
Ensure diversity is prioritized in their hiring and promotion processes
Recruit at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), diverse trade associations, student and professional societies
Urge employees to use their paid Volunteer Time Off by offering their service to local groups focused on diversity, inclusion, and empowerment, and offer employees additional information and resources as to worthy organizations for these causes
Create an evaluation process to track minority-owned vendors and partners, and a policy of proactively including minority-owned businesses in the RFP process
Provide resources and support for employee-led employee resource groups within SunPower
Maintain a regular dialogue with management and the board of directors on DE&I initiatives and priorities
Define and report on metrics and goals to measure progress to greater diversity in our company
Provide STEM educational programs to underserved communities
"BE LIKE WATER"
As the first person hired to the role of Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion with the San Francisco 49ers, Christina Jefferson has hit the ground running. Whether she is working on employee resource groups, collaborating with the marketing team, or working on supplier diversity, she’s found a helpful mantra inspired by Bruce Lee: “Be like water.” Rather than staying in a silo, as Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Jefferson is involved in multiple parts of the 49ers organization, her efforts flowing to where they are needed the most.
A longtime fan of the football team, Jefferson joined the 49ers organization in April 2021 following six years with Sephora, where she led the company-wide diversity and inclusion initiative. A Midwesterner, she earned her B.S. from the University of Southern Indiana and her Masters in Human Resource Management from Golden Gate University. Jefferson said she took the job because was confident that she would have the support needed to do her best work and bring equity to the forefront.
In a candid conversation with Nadia Anderson, SVLG’s Racial Justice & Equity Lead, 49ers DEI Director Christina Jefferson discussed some of the challenges and opportunities associated with being a DEI Director in turbulent times.