• DTE's 2020 Sustainability Summary: Serving with our Energy

    Driving healing, recovery, and progress in 2020 and beyond. 
     
     
    It's no secret the COVID-19 pandemic brought unimaginable challenges to our doorstep last year. But as we all know, it also brought great opportunity – and we're proud to say we did what we always do: came together and found new ways to serve our customers and communities with compassion and strength.
     
    Last year, DTE awarded approximately $21 million in COVID-19 relief funding, had 2,914 volunteers both in-person AND virtually, and launched important programs like Detroit Means Business and Connected Futures, all while excelling in our daily operations and building a clean energy future. We take pride in all our work, and these are just a few examples to share.
     
    Take a moment to look at our 2020 Sustainability Summary for last year's highlights:
     
    In 2020, the DTE Energy Foundation awarded approximately $21 million in COVID-19 relief funding in the communities where our team lives and serves. This included:
    • 500,000 families supported with basic needs assistance
    • 3 million meals funded
    • 40 faith-based partners in 20+ zip codes supported through critical services, including COVID-19 testing
    • 2 million KN95 masks donated to first responders
    • $1 million in grants to all domestic violence shelters funded by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
    • $2 million in total donations to the Michigan Association of United Ways, Michigan Community Action and nonprofits
       
     
    Supporting our communities through volunteerism 
     
    While COVID-19 required us to reimagine the ways we mobilized our team to support our customers and communities, we’re proud of what we achieved alongside our nonprofit partners.
    From virtual mentoring to delivering holiday meals to seniors, last year’s volunteerism efforts harnessed the energy – and leveraged the unique skills – of our employees to make positive, lasting impacts on our communities. We look forward to resuming the far-reaching volunteerism efforts that exemplify our company’s approach to service as soon as it’s safe to do so.
    • 47,354 volunteer hours
    • 2,914 volunteers
    • 779 nonprofits assisted in 190 cities
     

    Supporting Michigan businesses 
     
    Detroit Means Business 
    Early in the pandemic, DTE mobilized a coalition of more than 60 organizations that came together to create Detroit Means Business (DMB), an online resource hub through which businesses can access valuable information about small business loans and other critical topics, free one-on-one financial coaching and many other offerings that help Detroit’s small businesses continue to stabilize and thrive. Small businesses are the primary drivers of the city’s job creation, constituting 50% of Detroit’s employment. The first phase of the work in spring of 2020 was survival – we helped businesses gain financial aid, work through unemployment and more. The next phase was safely reopening – we created a website with return to work playbooks and donated masks, gloves and cleaning materials. 
    We soon came to realize that Detroit had organizations that provided critical small business assistance, but there was something missing: a comprehensive strategy and organization to oversee, coordinate and ensure execution of that strategy. That's when Detroit Means Business took center stage, helping businesses grow and creating thousands of neighborhood-based jobs in the process.
     
    Personalized protective equipment donations 
    The DTE Energy Foundation also donated 6,000 PPE kits to help small businesses statewide safely reopen through partnerships with local chambers of commerce and the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council. These donations, which were made early in the pandemic when PPE was highly contested and hard to come by, were instrumental in helping businesses safely reopen and stabilize.
     
    Donated to Small Businesses in Michigan
    • 1.2 million gloves 
    • 6,000 gallons of hand sanitizer
    • 600,000 masks
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