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For Martin Luther King Jr. Day, thoughts on Public Service

At PSEG, “Public Service” is more than our name – it’s the core of who we are as a company. Today, we pause to recognize, celebrate and honor the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and its impact on our lives as individuals, as corporate citizens and as members of our communities.

Today, we’ll hear from two PSEG leaders about how – as a company focused on serving the public – we strive to honor King’s legacy through our people, our culture, our business and our actions in the community.

Sheila Rostiac, Senior Vice President for Human Resources, Chief Human Resources Officer and Chief Diversity Officer

A company is a reflection of its people, and our people are passionate about service – to our customers, to their coworkers and to their communities. Our commitment to a diverse and inclusive workplace means that we strive to encourage our employees to pursue these passions in an environment where they are safe and celebrated for who they are and what they contribute.  

Because a company that values all of its people – not despite their differences, but because of them – is a company that makes better decisions, leading to better outcomes. Diversity and inclusion, in all aspects of our business, is key to attracting and retaining the most talented workforce, which is critical to making our business stronger and meeting the needs of our customers.

And as our workforce will continue to evolve, we invite new ideas, skills, experiences and viewpoints to our team.   

Our goal is to foster a culture that is welcoming, respectful and inclusive of everyone’s voice and aligns all of us in our journey forward as a company.

In honor of King’s legacy, we take this moment to pause, reflect and celebrate the diverse voices that make PSEG who we are.

Rick Thigpen, Senior Vice President for Corporate Citizenship

At PSEG, we are a company with an extremely important responsibility: to provide and care for the safe, reliable supply of energy for the customers and communities we serve – all the communities we serve – which we have done for more than 116 years. It can’t be overstated how important it is that our business provides universal access to its product – power and heat to every home and every business, regardless of size, location or status.

Why? Because it’s our external mission to help build better places to live and work. We invest in communities; we participate in community events; we sit on the boards of community organizations and nonprofits. And when we help build thriving communities, we all win.

To me, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy speaks directly to the idea of citizenship. Consider this passage from King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail:”

“In a real sense all life is inter-related. All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be…”

King’s vision for America should serve as inspiration for all of us as we strive to ensure that this company, aptly called Public Service, understands that “we are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality” – one that ties our business’ success to creating successful outcomes for the customers and communities we serve.

For more than a century, PSEG has measured its success by how well we provided the communities we serve with the energy they needed to thrive and to grow.

In the successful business tradition of Public Service, we should learn from our proud past. It is our responsibility to adapt the lessons of the past to the challenges of the future. That is how we will move into a brighter future together. 

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  • “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right.”

    “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

    “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.”

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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