The Solar Foundation is teaming up with the Solar Energy Industry’s Association’s Women’s Empowerment Initiative to drive change and foster greater diversity in the solar industry. With your support, we are launching a new research initiative on women, minorities, and veterans in the solar industry.
Out of all 260,000+ workers in the solar industry nationwide – 1 in 50 new U.S. jobs in 2016 – only 28 percent of these jobs were women, 17 percent were Latinos, and 7 percent were African Americans. In comparison to 2014, the percentage of Latinos and African Americans has stayed relatively flat and the percentage of women has grown by a modest 7 percentage points.
We can and need to do better. Having a diverse workforce fosters innovation in the solar industry and retains existing talent – all of which are key contributors to financial performance.
Unfortunately, we don’t currently have data on specific job responsibilities, salaries and levels of leadership as it pertains to women and minorities. We need this information to establish targets for improvement and strategies for success. That’s why with your help, we will conduct a new study focused on women, minorities, and veterans in the solar workforce.
The study will achieve the following:
– Capture employer policies and activities around hiring women, minorities and vets
– Collect data on roles and career paths of women, minorities, and vets in the workforce
– Use ethnographic tools to understand real wage and career experiences
– Control for gender, race and ethnicity and make cross-industry comparisons
Now, here’s where you come in. The study will cost $81,000. We need to raise the funds for this study now to conduct the research over the summer and achieve a target report release date of late August.
We are working to identify 10-25 large donors — companies, individuals or organizations — who will each commit to contributing between $5,000 and $10,000. But that’s not enough — we need small donations to help get us over the finish line! Donors will be recognized for their contributions to The Solar Foundation, which are tax-deductible. 100 percent of all donations will go toward funding this important research.
If you are interested in contributing to the study, please donate to this campaign here! If your company or organization has questions, please reach out to us at We@seia.org or Partnerships@solarfound.org.
Thank you in advance for helping to making sure this study comes to fruition!
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