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Helping Local Communities Thrive

We’ve been part of Southern California life for 125 years, and we have a deep connection to the community. Our relationship with the people of Southern California begins with safely providing reliable and affordable power, but that’s not all. From investing in non-profit organizations that deliver vital programs and services, to in-kind donations and hands-on community service, we’re deeply committed to the communities we serve, and improving their quality of life as best we can.

Safety Comes First

The safety of our employees, customers and communities is our top priority. Most of us use electricity all day, every day, but it can be dangerous. We reach out with safety tips and reminders to stay far away from power lines  in television and radio commercials, billboards, social media, and more.

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Safety During Emergencies

Our region was hit by unprecedented windstorms in late November 2011. Facing thousands of downed trees and power lines, our crews and contractors were able to restore service to nearly 450,000 customers without a major injury to the responding personnel or the public. We believe our focus on safety education and safe practices made it possible.

Emergency Preparedness With the American Red Cross

We’re working with the American Red Cross to advance emergency preparedness in Southern California. Through PrepareSoCal, we’re helping train 250,000 volunteers in first aid, CPR and AED. In addition, 70,000 individuals will be trained in emergency preparedness and 4,000 volunteers to assist in disasters. Our own employees are eager participants, and we will continue to train hundreds to manage emergency shelter operations if needed.

Education & Training for High-Risk Professions

Our commitment to safety extends to those working in construction, maintenance, and landscaping, which often means more exposure to power lines. We reach out to these populations with targeted education and training about electricity safety and offer free safety materials in English or Spanish for agricultural workers and tree trimmers too.

Giving Back: Our 125-Year Tradition

At Southern California Edison, we recognize that our success is tied directly to the vitality of the cities, towns and people we serve. In 2013, our philanthropic giving totaled $19.7 million, making us one of the largest corporate contributors in Southern California. Funded by our parent company, Edison International, these gifts are strategically designed to help local non-profit organizations meet the needs of our region’s diverse communities. Our grants program focuses on four core giving areas: education, environmentpublic safety and preparedness, and civic engagement.

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Core Giving Areas: Education, Environment, Public Safety & Civic Engagement

For 125 years, we’ve been partnering with the communities we serve. Our new community grants program provides up to $5,000 per year to community-based non-profits that help underserved populations, and whose missions and programs further our philanthropic focus on educationenvironmentpublic safety and preparedness, and civic engagement. We also continue to provide larger grants that align with our strategic plan in the four targeted areas.

Help for Those Struggling to Pay Utility Bills

Since 1982, we have provided special financial assistance to local households struggling to pay their electric bills. Our Energy Assistance Fund (EAF) distributes assistance through the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, which collaborates with more than 90 nonprofit organizations to meet needs in our communities. Most recipients are seniors, people with disabilities, and those facing unusual financial hardship. All meet income guidelines.

Last year, more than $1.4 million was donated to EAF in voluntary charitable contributions by our employees, our customers, and shareholders of our parent company, Edison International. Learn how to donate to EAF.

Encouraging Employee Giving

We encourage our employees to give back to the communities where they live and work, and they amaze us year after year. From pledging and giving more than $2.9 million to schools and non-profit organizations last year, to logging more than 281,000 hours of volunteer service, our employees and retirees join in our commitment to supporting education, protecting the environment, helping the underserved, and improving the quality of life in our communities.
 

San Onofre Nuclear Plant: Safe Shutdown

Southern California Edison (SCE) announced June 7, 2013 that it will permanently retire Units 2 and 3 of its San Onofre nuclear plant. SCE concluded that continuing uncertainty about when or if San Onofre Unit 2 might return to service was not good for customers, investors or the need to plan for the region's long-term electricity needs. Safety, stewardship and community engagement will guide SCE as it partners with the community to make the San Onofre decommissioning a national model for the electric power industry.

We are committed to leaving the community better off as a result of having been home to San Onofre for 40 years, and are exploring opportunities with our landlord, the U.S. Navy, and the community on what our site will ultimately look like upon completion of decommissioning. We also are committed to working with federal and state agencies, including the State Lands Commission and the Coastal Commission, to ensure that impacts to the environment and surrounding areas are addressed throughout the decommissioning process.

As stewards of the environment, we will continue to support the revitalization of coastal wetlands and marine habitats, including the San Dieguito Wetlands Restoration Project and the Wheeler North Reef.

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Creating Opportunity for Small & Diverse Businesses

Our supplier diversity program is a nationwide leader. Since 2009, SCE’s spending with diverse business enterprises (DBEs) has increased 97 percent and continues to exceed the CPUC target of 21.5 percent. In 2011, SCE President Ron Litzinger set an aspirational goal of 40 percent spending with DBE firms by 2016. SCE exceeded that goal in 2013 — two years ahead of the targeted year — resulting in 41 percent of its procurement spend with over 800 diverse businesses.

In addition, SCE encourages its prime suppliers to subcontract a portion of all contracts valued at $250,000 and above to woman-owned, minority, service-disabled veteran business enterprises (WMDVBE). In 2013, spend with diverse subcontractors — Tier 2 suppliers — grew to $542 million (37.8 percent), nearly a 10 percent increase from 2012. This increase is attributed to SCE’s targeted activities to increase subcontracting spend with diverse firms.

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Our Supplier Diversity Efforts

Our supplier diversity program includes programs to help qualifying businesses get set up to do business with us. We provide workshops and support to help qualified WMDVBEs understand our procurement process, and compete more effectively. SCE offered technical assistance to 147 diverse suppliers through SCE Supplier University (SCESU), which is comprised of several innovative developmental and mentoring programs.

We also support organizations that promote the growth and development of diverse business enterprises, and maintain memberships in diverse trade associations and ethnic chambers of commerce. We actively participate in WMDVBE trade fairs, seminars, and conferences, and our supplier diversity program has won awards and recognition.

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