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They have helped us grow to become the world’s largest independent renewable energy company active across eleven countries. You’ll find that RES people are passionate about achieving our company vision, ‘to create a future where everyone has access to affordable zero carbon energy’.
We believe creating an inclusive culture is the best way to enable diversity. We celebrate difference and harness the benefits it delivers through alternative thinking and approach, leading to ingenuity, innovation and agility. We have a responsibility to act as a role model and promote inclusion and equality of opportunity not only internally but also externally, making a positive social impact on the communities in which we work and within the wider industry. Read Matt Rebbeck's story about becoming a more inclusive leader.
We launched RESpect in January 2021 as part of our commitment to create an inclusive culture that is fair to all and embrace diversity. As an integral part of this, we are proud to support five employee-led Affinity Networks covering gender, race, disability, age, and sexual orientation & gender identity. These are groups of employees from across RES united in their passion for making our workplace more inclusive. These Affinity Networks are each led by a Chair and Vice Chairs, which are each supported by a member of the board as an Executive Sponsor. Each network has specific objectives tailored to its membership with all of them sharing the aim of providing a sense of community, inspiring and supporting diverse talent, celebrating cultural differences, raising awareness of challenges, addressing barriers and creating a genuinely inclusive culture at RES.
We have achieved bronze certification through the Diversity Equity Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ) Certification Program from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). By earning this certification, RES demonstrates its commitment to creating a more inclusive and diverse workplace and culture in the solar industry. Read more here.
Here’s a flavour of just some of the 2,000 people who provide the power behind the good:
To ensure our people can find a happy work life balance, RES embraces flexible and agile working across the organisation.
At RES, we support our people to achieve their personal career goals, this could even include changing career paths, or the opportunity to work overseas.
Rob started working for RES in 2008 when he joined the finance team whilst studying to become a chartered management accountant. After qualifying, he was soon promoted to Finance Controller with a well-defined career path in finance in front of him. His role provided him with a lot of exposure to the commercial deals that RES was making, and he was naturally interested in this area. In March 2018 he stepped across into the Commercial Team and spends far more time in Microsoft Word reviewing contracts and far less time looking at spreadsheets. His new role involves optimising deals to ensure RES shares the value in commercial transactions.
RES was very supportive of my career move, and rather than draw out the transition, they gave me a very clear date when my roles and responsibilities would switch. I’m constantly learning in my new role and I like to think that the skills and experience that I brought with me have enhanced my new team.
Jeevan from the Finance team found that flexible working allowed him to manage his time between studying and working when he went back to Birmingham to complete his final year at university. "This allows me to continually respond to any queries that may arise relating to my work, for both internal and external clients. I can still support other members of my team as well as complete my work in a timely manner. I definitely feel that I have a balance between home and work life."
Flexible working is perfect for me. I am able to set my working hours around the times of my university lectures and seminars. For example, I have lectures on Thursday mornings which finish at 1pm and then I work in the afternoon.
"One of the things I love about the company is the chance to take on more responsibility and cross train. I’ve worked in the civil, electrical and safety departments, been an environmental and Quality Control supervisor and project engineer and am now Project Manager. I love the people I work with – they’ve become a second family. I know with any issue I face I can call on someone who’ll help me out. It’s this teamwork and strong connection with my co-workers that I really value."
I’d recently sold my business in Dayton, WA and was looking for my next challenge when I heard RES was constructing the Marengo wind project nearby. There was a vacancy for a turbine inspector, so I applied straight away, despite my lack of experience. Thankfully RES recognized my strong work ethic and gave me the opportunity. I’ve never looked back and soak up every bit of information I can.