Rising to the Challenge: A Case for Diversity in Energy

Studies of the oil and gas industry’s workforce suggest more inclusion leads to better performance.

A bp employee is pictured at the company’s chemical plant in Texas City, Texas. The company has about 43,500 core employees globally. (Source: bp)

The Great Crew Change is complete. Much discussed, fretted over and analyzed, the shift in the makeup of the oil and gas industry’s workforce that was long portended has come. And for all intents and purposes, it has come and gone.

Look around conference rooms, exhibit halls, cocktail receptions and Zoom meetings, and you’ll see the change firsthand. The industry is younger, more diverse, less formal, speaks in buzzwords, understands (mostly) cryptomining, sees printouts as passe, conducts business and does their jobs from their cellphones, and now frequents the office far less.

Much like the sources of energy it procures, the industry workforce has transitioned and continues to do so. It is the “S” in ESG—social responsibility. But while the industry has prioritized the “E”—environmental—with net-zero and other carbon and methane reduction targets, there is still work to be done to complete the ESG picture.

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Velda Addison

Velda Addison is the senior editor of digital media for Hart Energy’s editorial team. She covers energy with a focus on renewables.

Brian Walzel

Brian Walzel is senior editor for Hart Energy’s E&P Plus.