2022 Annual Impact Report

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2022 Annual Impact Report
Letter From Our CEO ....................................................................................... pg. 1 Our Promise .......................................................................................................... pg. 2 Company History ............................................................................................... pg. 4 Facts and Figures .............................................................................................. pg. 6 Impact Investments .......................................................................................... pg. 8 Basic Needs Recipients .................................................... pg. 10 Education Recipients pg. 12 Illness/Disability Recipients ........................................... pg. 1 4 Gas South District ............................................................................................. pg. 16 Strengthening Youth in Our Communities ........................................... pg. 19 Employee Engagement ................................................................................... pg. 20 WNC and BEST ...................................................................... pg. 22 JEDI pg. 24 TrailBlaze and Team Grants .......................................... pg. 26 Awards and Accolades pg. 28 Our Commitment to You and Sustainability ....................................... pg. 30 Table of Contents

Letter From Our CEO

Ever since our founding in 2006, service to others has been built into the DNA of Gas South. Underscoring this ethos is our purpose to Be A Fuel For Good by caring for our customers and employees and elevating our industry and communities.

At Gas South, we believe in creating opportunity, especially for those who need a helping hand. Back in 2017, we decided to make a commitment to give 5% of profits to support children in need. Through these investments and our volunteering, we’re proud to support nonprofit organizations that are engaged in the work of basic needs, education and childhood illness/disability.

Every day, we’re proud to Be A Fuel For Good . It’s a big part of what makes Gas South a different kind of energy provider. We’ve made some innovative community investments in 2022, and we’re excited to share some of those with you in this report.

Thank you for partnering with us. We appreciate the opportunity to serve you.

Sincerely,

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Our Promise

Giving 5% of Profits to Help Children in Need

Gas South knows communities are strongest when their children are thriving and have opportunities to reach their full potential. We believe that starts with helping families build strong foundations, helping them meet basic needs and supporting children with positive pathways by focusing on:

• Programs that serve children and adults under 21

• Partnerships with groups to supply food, clothing and shelter to families

• Creating success for the future through education and career pathways

• Giving hope to children suffering from chronic or terminal illness

As our company continues to grow, so does our commitment to give. In just a few short years, our investment in the community has grown tremendously, from $1 million in 2020 to now over $3.2 million in 2022—a total of more than $12 million since 2006.

To add to our support, we’re also betting on the future with our commitment to sustainability: investing $50 million to solar projects by the end of 2023.

From supporting children in need to creating a more sustainable planet, our purpose at Gas South to Be A Fuel For Good remains strong, and we’re proud to continue making a difference now and in the future.

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Company History

Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., Gas South was formed in 2006, serving mostly residential customers in the state. Through a culture of innovation, collaboration and commitment to the communities we serve, Gas South has steadily grown to become one of the southeast’s top-rated providers, serving more than 440K customers in 14 states.

Timeline: 2006 - Present

2006 Gas South founded

2008 Secured Atlanta Braves sponsorship

2009 Rapid growth due to direct marketing

2011 Expanded into large commercial and industrial markets

2012 Moved customer service center in-house

2014 Expanded into Florida

2015 Articulated our purpose to Be A Fuel For Good

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Committed to 5% of profits to support children in need

First year winning AJC’s “Top Places to Work” award

2018

Established Impact Investments

Gave over $1 million in COVID relief

Acquired Infinite Energy

Committed to investing $50 million to solar projects by the end of 2023

Invested over $3.2 million to support children in need in Georgia and Florida

Another Year of Making a Difference

With our 5% give to support children in need in 2022, we’ve grown our total donations since 2006 to more than $12 million. And we’re excited to continue building on that support in the next year ahead.

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2017
2020
2021
2016
2022

Facts and Figures

Fueling good with our financial commitment

2022 Contributions by State

Georgia ($2,520,466)

Basic Needs

$1,261,083 Education

$708,571

Illness/Disability

$479,977

Florida ($750,000)

Basic Needs

$95,000 Education $570,000

Illness/Disability $85,000

2022 Total Contributions: $3,270,466

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600 Hours volunteered at charitable events

Engaging Employees Through Volunteering

Gas South is proud to provide each employee eight hours of paid time to volunteer in the community each year.

Volunteer highlights include:

• Donated and packed over 100 family meal kits for Southwest Advocacy Group in Gainesville

• Hosted career fairs at HBCUs: Fort Valley State University and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

• Sponsored the HBCU “Battle of the Bands Fan Fest” with a $30,000 donation to the HBCU Culture Legacy Foundation

• Provided six months of virtual therapy for YMCA families via a service

• Completed 10 indoor and outdoor projects for Cobb County’s The Center for Children & Young Adults

• Donated over 400 items for young mothers in need

• Assembled over 700 packs of underwear for children for Title 1 schools in partnership with Undies for Everyone

76 Employees volunteered at events

262 Employees have roles in two or more employee resource groups

41% of Employees personally donated $49,675 ($85,957 total with Gas South match)

Impact Investments

Amount given total = $300,000 | Six Awardees = $50,000 Each

Each year as part of the 5% of profits we give to help support children in need, we award $50,000 Impact Investments to six nonprofit organizations that focus on basic needs, education and illness/disability.

Organizations are invited to apply, including those whose primary language is English or Spanish. Then our selection committee—made up of employees trained in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion principles—narrows the candidates down to 18 finalists. Each Gas South employee is then given a vote to determine who the final six recipients will be.

In addition to the $300,000 in Impact Investments that went out this year, Gas South invested $25,000 in a peer learning experience with the Georgia Center for Nonprofits to help the 12 finalists not selected accelerate their impact.

Read more about our 2022 Impact Investment winners on the next few pages.

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Basic Needs Recipients

Second Helpings

Second Helpings Atlanta is a nonprofit food rescue organization that works to reduce hunger and food waste in metro Atlanta by rescuing healthy and nutritious surplus food and distributing it to those in need. The $50,000 Gas South Impact Investment will equip them to expand their Food Rescue Network.

Feed the Children

Feed the Children’s mission is to provide hope and resources for those without life’s essentials. It’s one of the largest charities based in the U.S., providing more than 350,000 children around the world with a hot, nourishing meal every day. The full $50,000 will be used to open a new school pantry in a Title 1 school in the Fulton County School system. This includes providing set-up equipment and resources for the next school year.

Education Recipients

North Central Florida YMCA

The YMCA in North Central Florida puts Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. With their $50,000 funding, they’ll be able to provide children in the community and teens from their teen center with new skills that will help them succeed in their future while also providing a medium to explore new technologies that would otherwise not be available to them.

Girl Talk

Girl Talk is focused on inspiring all girls to be confident leaders through peer-to-peer mentoring and is working toward a world where all girls live confidently, lead fearlessly and support one another. The $50,000 Gas South Impact investment will support the Girl Talk Ambassador program, which gives high school girls the opportunity to participate in a leadership cohort for one year. Ambassadors gain leadership skills through hands on activities, as well as opportunities to speak into Girl Talk programming.

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Illness/Disability Recipients

Beyond Limits Therapeutic Riding

Beyond Limits Therapeutic Riding serves the special needs community daily by offering therapeutic horseback riding lessons. Their $50,000 grant will enable them to offer scholarships to the special needs population who may not otherwise be able to afford such therapeutic services.

Ronald McDonald House Florida - Keeping Families Close

The Ronald McDonald House in Gainesville provides comfortable beds, home cooked meals and all the comforts of home to families traveling to the area to seek medical care for their children. They’re “Making Room for More Families” and are renovating a vacant structure to expand their Ronald McDonald House program—the expansion will have a suite capacity for 50 families and make it possible to serve 682 additional families each year. This $50,000 gift will help sponsor a room at Our House for perpetuity at their new location.

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Gas South District

Gas South District, which we acquired the naming rights for in 2020, is another way we’ve been able to help foster strong ties in the community. Located in Duluth, Ga., this premier entertainment destination includes Gas South Arena, Gas South Convention Center and Gas South Theater.

In May, we were proud to take part in the Gas South District Speaker Series event featuring Ambassador Andrew Young. This series brings distinguished leaders to Gwinnett County to talk about current events, trends and ideas that enrich lives and create conversations that strengthen the community. This year, our own Aisha DeBerry, Gas South’s Manager of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, moderated the event featuring Andrew Young.

We were also pleased in May to take part in the annual Latin American Association’s Latina Empowerment Conference at Gas south District. This year’s event brought more than 800 Latinas from metro Atlanta and beyond for an experience designed to inspire and empower them in their own lives and in the community.

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Strengthening Youth in Our Communities

Throughout 2022, we took part in several charitable efforts as part of our commitment to support children in need—making a difference in the communities we serve is what we’re about. Here are two of those efforts:

In Florida: We were thrilled to invest $500,000 to help strengthen childhood education through the Step Up for Students scholarship program. These scholarships, available to students in K-12 throughout the state, provide educational opportunities for children in low-income households, for those who have difficulties with reading comprehension or who have been the victims of violence or bullying. The money is enough for 71 scholarships that will help ensure the future success of these kids.

In Georgia: We donated and installed a solar flower at the Truist Andrew and Walter Young Family At-Promise Center—part of the Andrew and Walter Young Family YMCA in Southwest Atlanta. Each year, this solar flower can produce up to 6,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity for the campus there, including The Center’s STEAM lab (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) where the solar flower will also serve as an educational tool for science and sustainability—read more about our commitment to sustainability on the last page.

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Employee Engagement

Our Culture

Striving to Be A Fuel For Good means more than just looking out for customers and the community. It also means taking care of the people who make Gas South a great place to work. And so continuing to make Gas South a welcoming, diverse and tolerant workplace matters to each of us here, as do opportunities and support to grow professionally and strengthen one’s sense of purpose.

A great example of how we do that includes our efforts to ensure diversity and inclusivity at Gas South through our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). These are voluntary, employee-led groups that work to support a culture of caring here at Gas South.

Read more about our ERGs, employee programs and about some of our 2022 accomplishments on the next few pages.

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WNC and BEST

Women’s Networking Circle (WNC)

Created in 2016, our Women’s Networking Circle is Gas South’s longest-running ERG. Its mission is to build an inclusive community to discuss and create awareness around topics and issues women face in the workplace. Our WNC also provides tools and resources for women and helps equip the allies who support them.

Taking Part:

Employees who identify as female are automatically included at hire, though participation isn’t mandatory. Each can remove herself at any time or get involved again later— membership is on a rolling basis.

By the Numbers:

59% of Gas South employees identified as women in 2022.

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Black Employee Support Team (BEST)

Gas South’s Black Employee Support Team is one of two new ERGs we officially rolled out this year. The mission of BEST is to provide an open forum where Black employees and their allies aspire, develop and collaborate to reach their highest potential, represent Gas South within communities and serve as a key resource to the company for specific customers and employees.

Philosophy:

“To translate the passion of the individual me into the power of we through building business relationships, supporting one another in professional development and creating a sense of community among workplaces.”

Taking Part:

With a participation form released each September, any employee can take part in BEST— membership is on a rolling basis.

By the Numbers:

BEST had 32 members in 2022.

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JEDI

Justice. Equity. Diversity. Inclusion (JEDI).

The mission of our JEDI Council—the second ERG to roll out this year—is to develop, recommend and advocate policies, procedures and programs that cultivate an environment of inquiry, inclusiveness and respect. JEDI also promotes discovery and celebration of our differences, and it fosters initiatives that bring forth a positive culture.

Taking Part:

The JEDI Council is apolitical and reflects a diverse membership in terms of age, race, color, gender identity and expression, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, religion, creed, disability, genetic information and marital status. Anyone interested in taking part can apply each June—applications are reviewed for membership each August.

By the Numbers:

In 2022, the JEDI Council consisted of 24 members from different departments, tenures and backgrounds.

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TrailBlaze and Team Grants

TrailBlaze

Along with our two new ERGS in 2022, we also officially kicked off Gas South’s TrailBlaze Mentorship Program. Its mission is to empower employees to realize and grow into their full potential at Gas South—and beyond. Through facilitating mentoring relationships, providing opportunities for reflection and self-examination and teaching practical leadership skills, Trailblaze helps employees strengthen their self-confidence, find their voice, develop new goals and learn to wield influence in their personal lives and careers.

Taking Part:

• Mentees — Preferred applicants will have been at Gas South for at least a year and have a minimum of “performing” rated on their mid-year review

• Mentors — Applicants must have been employed at Gas South for at least a year, have a minimum of “performing” rated on their mid-year review and must have served professionally as a leader for two to three years—with one of those years being as a leader at Gas South

By the Numbers:

TrailBlaze can accept up to 10% of our current employee count.

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Team Grants

2022 marked our second official year for our Team Grants, a process that engages and empowers employees to take part in Gas South’s commitment to give in the communities we serve.

Team Grants are volunteer projects planned by employees, individually or as teams, that are funded by Gas South. Employees decide how they want to make a difference and Be A Fuel For Good, all while gaining skills to help them grow professionally. This year, our employees took part in 12 Team Grants.

“It was fantastic. Interacting with the kids was really fun and inspiring. It was great to see their energy and how this type of learning will directly impact their lives. I loved working on this with my team as well. I feel like it brought us closer together, honestly, seeing each other more fully as people and not just as coworkers.”

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Awards and Accolades

Top Workplace Recognition

In March, Gas South was honored to be named with Atlanta’s 2022 Top Workplaces by the Atlanta JournalConstitution—our fifth year recognized since 2017.

Leadership and Integrity Award

In September, we won the Energy and Marketing Leadership and Integrity Award, a distinction bestowed on companies that work with an altruistic purpose.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Awards

Also in September, Gas South was recognized with HRO Today’s 2022 DEI Program of the Year Award and the 2022 Leaders of Distinction Award.

Employee Education Assistance

Twenty-four employees enrolled in Gas South’s Education Assistance program this year. The company supports employees who wish to continue their education to secure increased responsibility and growth within their professional careers.

Individual Employee Recognition

• Aisha DeBerry, Gas South Manager of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, was presented with this year’s Gwinnett Chamber Moxie Award, which “recognizes women who are making it happen” in their professions.

• Carley Stephens, Gas South’s Manager of Community Affairs, was included in this year’s Metro Atlanta 40 Under 40, a distinction that recognizes the professional accomplishments of those under 40 who are “making a mark” in their industries.

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Our Commitment to You and Sustainability

As a leading energy provider that cares about the community—and the world as a whole—we’re going beyond our support of children in need to make a commitment to sustainability.

In 2021, we launched a new business initiative to focus on existing and future renewable energy projects. As part of this throughout 2022, we stayed on track with our commitment to invest $50 million to solar projects by the end of 2023.

We also launched a renewable energy product in 2022 called FlexRNG—our flagship offering—that provides solutions for companies seeking to reduce carbon emissions.

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