Our three business platforms — Sempra California, Sempra Texas and Sempra Infrastructure — are well-positioned to play a critical role in delivering lower and zero-carbon energy and to deliver long-term sustainable value for our shareholders and other stakeholders. Transparent, two-way communication with stakeholders as described in our stakeholder engagement policy,1 is integral to delivering on our goals.
Our operating companies work to facilitate open communication with external stakeholders through different methods of communication that recognize the distinct needs of each stakeholder group. For example, Community Advisory Councils (CACs) offer a forum for diverse stakeholders in the communities where we operate. CACs provide direct constructive input, feedback, recommendations and support to senior management from community and business leaders, addressing topics including wildfire mitigation planning and community outreach, natural gas system safety, sustainability strategy and clean energy future, RNG, hydrogen and power-to-gas, COVID-19 response and customer assistance and relevant emerging community issues. These specialized groups of diverse and independent leaders from public safety, tribal government, business, nonprofit and academic organizations possess extensive experience in business services, sustainability, public safety, wildfire management, community-based services and applied technology. In 2021, more than 260 members across our companies’ CACs held more than 30 meetings, facilitating important stakeholder feedback for our companies. As one example, SoCalGas held meetings with the CAC on its ASPIRE 2045 sustainability commitments, gaining useful feedback that was incorporated into the development of the strategy.
Our senior vice president of corporate affairs is the officer responsible for policies related to stakeholder engagement across the Sempra family of companies. Our Ethics & Compliance Helpline serves as our formal mechanism for stakeholders to share concerns or describe project impacts.
- Oncor’s stakeholder engagement efforts are undertaken under a separate stakeholder engagement policy, overseen by its chief customer officer.