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Corporate Social Responsibility

Vicinity Energy is committed to serving our employees, customers and communities with the highest respect for the individual and the environment.

Throughout our business operations, we focus on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as it builds a motivated workforce, equitable workplace, trust with our customers, stronger relationships with our communities and supports women and minority owned businesses, diminishes business risks and improves financial results. 

CSR is at the heart of our operations, professional development, procurement practices, and investments. At Vicinity, we believe that a strong culture of social responsibility is necessary to be strong partners with our community and instrumental to our short and long-term growth.  As our communities grow and our understanding and interconnectedness to them expands, we recognize as a company that our responsibility as a national leader in our industry is more than just a marketing slogan – it’s our duty.

Portrait of William DiCrose

William “Bill” DiCroce
President and Chief Executive Officer

Our Employees, Customers and Community

Employees

People are the lifeblood of our organization and talented individuals make up the strength of our teams. We seek diversity and inclusion in our workforce that represents our values as a company. Most of all, we seek to build teams that believe in finding solutions that benefit our customers, our climate, our communities, and our company.

Customers

Vicinity’s customers seek partners with aligned values and a desire to improve their businesses.  We bring talented people to solve critical energy issues with business smart and climate focused solutions.

Community

Our people and our customers live and work together in the communities we serve and, as a company, we are committed to stewardship. We want to represent the best of our community and ensure that our actions promote sustainability for future generations.

Our Employees

People are the lifeblood of our organization and talented individuals make up the strength of our teams.  We seek diversity and inclusion in our workforce that represents our values as a company.  Most of all, we seek to build teams that believe in finding solutions that benefit our customers, our climate, our communities, and our company.  

Values

Vicinity’s Values Include:

  • Service excellence
  • Teamwork
  • Inclusion and respect
  • Innovation
  • Community-mindedness

Ethics

We expect:

  • All employees comply with the letter and spirit of the laws that apply to our businesses 
  • All employees to act ethically
  • Our supervisors ensure that employees know what is expected of them and to set an example of appropriate conduct
  • None of our employees compromise our standards for a short-term gain
  • Our employees maintain our reputation an industry leader

Safety

Our culture of safety:

  • Commitment to conducting our business operations safely 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • Empowering every employee to be responsible and accountable for preserving health and safety for themselves and others.
  • Invest in safety training and ensure that safety is a daily tenet of our day-to-day operations.

Diversity & Inclusion

Our Diversity and Inclusion Commitment:

  • All of our employees to feel valued, appreciated, and free to be their unique selves at work.
  • Our workplace practices prevent discrimination regardless of ethnicity, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability status.
  • We strive to make our workforce as diverse as the cities and communities we serve.

Fair Operating Practices

We expect all employees to comply with the letter and spirit of the laws that apply to our businesses and to act ethically. Conduct that falls short of these standards simply does not serve our interests. We further expect our leadership, managers and supervisors to ensure that employees know what is expected of them and to set an example of appropriate conduct.

We will not compromise our standards for a short-term gain, such as winning a contract. Our reputation and long-term future as an industry leader depend on it. 

Vicinity maintains and obligates our entire team to follow the following corporate polices:

  • Code of Business Conduct
  • Equal Employment Opportunity
  • Drug & Alcohol-Free Workplace 
  • Non-harassment 
  • Policy Against Workplace Violence

Our Customers

Vicinity’s customers seek partners with aligned values and a desire to improve their businesses.  We bring talented people to solve critical energy issues with business smart and climate focused solutions.

Environmental Sustainability

  • 2050 Net Zero Carbon Plan
  • Supports no new on-site combustion
  • Cogenerated energy
  • Investment in proven technologies

Business Strength

  • Operational Efficiency
  • Sustainable investment strategies
  • Aggressive, but focused growth

 

Resiliency & Reliability

  • Redundancy across production and distribution systems
  • 99.99%+ Uptime in owned districts
  • Gold standard for mission critical facilities 

Our Community

Our people and our customers live and work together in the communities we serve and, as a company, we are committed to stewardship.  We want to represent the best of our community and ensure that our actions promote sustainability for future generations. 

Community Engagement Programs

  • Food drives for local missions
  • Clothes and coat drives for local missions and low-income housing authorities
  • School supplies and donations for students living in low-income housing
  • Adopt-a-School program (donations and volunteer events)
  • Community clean-up days

Community & Economic Development

  • Downtown Partnership of Baltimore
  • Boston/Cambridge Chamber of Commerce
  • Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) – Multiple cities

Workforce Development

  • YearUp Program
  • Apprenticeship Programs
  • University Partnerships – Internships and Co-Ops