Our aspiration is to be the best operated energy company in North America. In order to achieve this goal, we rely on the capabilities of our nearly 10,000 DTE employees.
As the energy industry undergoes significant change, DTE is building a workforce to lead us into the future. Every accomplishment is due to the hard work and tenacity of our dedicated employees.
We respect each other and create an engaged, inclusive environment that goes beyond race and gender. We believe a diverse workforce with a healthy mix of educational experiences, backgrounds, ages, cultures, religions, sexual orientation, abilities and personal interests enhances our capabilities.
Investing in Our Most Valuable Resource — the DTE Team
We have invested in developing our people by establishing our Foundational Capabilities curriculum training, skills and development employees need for success. Training is provided through Aspire — DTE's learning platform using a combination of web-based and classroom courses. The curriculum covers topics within the following categories: safety fundamentals, engagement skills, customer focus, continuous improvement, project management, supplier performance management, asset maintenance, strong leadership and business acumen.
Enhancing Our Capabilities Through Diversity and Inclusion
DTE Energy was ranked third among utility companies in the 2016 rankings published by DiversityInc. The ranking recognized our strong efforts to hire, retain and promote women, minorities, people with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer individuals.
In 2016, we held the first-ever FUEL event to provide new employees with a unique opportunity to learn about our company's culture directly from senior leadership. At this dynamic event, senior leaders shared anecdotes about their own careers, provided insights into the future direction of our industry and business and discussed the importance of continuous improvement.
Celebrating the Safest Year in Our Company's History
In 2016, we reached our best safety performance in the company's history. We reduced our rate of injuries by nearly 40 percent compared to 2015. DTE Gas also received the Safety Achievement Award from the American Gas Association for the second consecutive year.
The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency named DTE Energy a Gold-Level Veteran-Friendly employer. This distinction is reserved for employers who commit to military veteran recruitment, training and retention. To make it easier for veterans to identify career opportunities at DTE, our careers website contains military occupational codes and translates the codes into open positions at DTE. In 2016, 11 percent of our external hires were veterans.