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PG&E Named Corporation of the Year by USPAACC West Region Utility Cited for Strong Commitment to Asian-American Community

Release Date: October 26, 2011
Contact: PG&E External Communications (415) 973-5930

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — The US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation Western Region (USPAACC West) has selected Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) as one of its three 2011 Corporations of the Year. USPAACC West presents the award, its highest business honor, to the companies that best demonstrates a strong commitment to the Asian-American community.

The company received the award yesterday at the annual conference of the chamber's West Coast chapter in San Jose. The theme of the event was "Procurement Connections: Being Successful Together in 2011 & Beyond.".

PG&E was selected for its leadership in promoting economic development, procurement, philanthropy, marketing and employment for Asian-Americans. The USPAACC's selection process was rigorous and competitive. A panel of independent judges reviewed nominations and rated each company's resources, programs, expenditures and commitment to supplier diversity.

"PG&E's leadership in ensuring equal opportunities for Asian-American businesses is a model example of corporate citizenship," said Susan Allen, National President and CEO of USPAACC. "Its commitment to diversity is one that many corporations could emulate."

"As a major purchaser of goods and services, PG&E strongly supports the economic health of communities in which we live and work," said Joan Kerr, PG&E's director of supplier diversity. "Since 1981, we have provided thousands of diverse businesses with opportunities to supply products to PG&E. It's an honor to receive this recognition as we continue our efforts to integrate even more diverse suppliers into our supply chain."

PG&E last year purchased more than $130 million in goods and services from Asian-owned businesses to help ensure the utility deliver safe and reliable gas and electric service to its customers. The utility recruits and mentors diverse suppliers through outreach events and encourages primary suppliers to increase their use of diverse businesses as subcontractors.

The utility also improves its internal business practice with a network of Supplier Diversity Champions, employees who drive supplier diversity results within their lines of business. Through monthly meetings with senior leadership, these employees set supplier diversity goals, develop strategies, share best practices and monitor progress toward achieving improved results.

While diversity and inclusion have long been hallmarks of PG&E's heritage, the company deepened its commitment in recent years by appointing a chief diversity officer, providing diversity training to all members of its leadership team and increasing its focus on identifying, developing and recruiting diverse talent.

For more information on PG&E's diversity and inclusion commitment or to learn how to apply to become a certified diverse supplier, visit www.pge.com/about/company/diversityinclusion/.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation's cleanest energy to 15 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit http://www.pge.com/about/newsroom/.

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