SRNS Recipient of South Carolina Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Excellence in Workplace Diversity Award

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions received the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Excellence in Workplace Diversity Award. Accepting the award from South Carolina Chamber of Commerce Diversity Committee Chairman Dr. Cynthia Walters (second from left) were (from left) SRNS Manager of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Willie Bell, SRNS Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Specialist Judy Spencer, SRNS Director of Business, Technical and Employee Communications Barbara Smoak, and SRNS Office Manager for the Office of the President Rosalind Blocker.

AIKEN, S.C. (Nov. 27, 2018) – The managing and operating contractor at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Savannah River Site (SRS), Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS) has been chosen as the recipient of the Excellence in Workplace Diversity Award, Large Employer by the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce.

“SRNS fosters a teaming environment that values trust and respect for all employees,” said SRNS President and CEO Stuart MacVean. “Diversity is interwoven into all aspects of employment, defines how we do business and provides a model for how we conduct ourselves as a company. We are honored to be the recipient of this award and for the recognition of our commitment to a diverse and inclusive work environment.”

A major component of the SRNS Diversity Program includes the SRNS Diversity Strategic Implementation Plan (DSIP), a programmatic measurement tool that defines the strategy for integrating diversity as a philosophy and practice into the company’s organizational culture and business environment. The DSIP encompasses a Diversity program, an Educational Outreach program, Community Outreach programs and Economic Development programs. Examples of these programs include:

· The Compelling Place to Work initiative, which helps boost employee engagement and morale through the implementation of physical changes to the work environment
· Special Emphasis Programs, in partnership with DOE, to present and support activities/programs developed to enhance diversity awareness for SRS employees

· Education Outreach for nearly 325,000 students in the areas surrounding SRS in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs

· The SRNS Small Business Program, which is designed to develop and educate small and diverse suppliers and support them with purchases

“We are committed to maintaining a productive work environment of mutual respect and equal opportunity where the talents and capabilities of all employees are utilized to the maximum extent possible,” said SRNS Senior Vice President Workforce Services and Talent Management Carol Barry. “Our vision is to become recognized as a best-in-class diversity leader among employees and stakeholders, the community and the DOE complex.”

The Excellence in Workplace Diversity Award recognizes companies for their significant contributions to advancement of South Carolina through diversity initiatives and inclusion efforts. Criteria considered in selecting the winners included diversity initiatives, effectiveness and applicability/replicability.

The award was presented at the SC Chamber’s 39th Annual Summit Nov. 27. Other finalists for the award included Clemson University and SCANA Energy.

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions is a Flour-led company whose members are Flour Federal Services, Newport News Nuclear and Honeywell, responsible for the management and operations of the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site, including the Savannah River National Laboratory, located near Aiken, South Carolina.