CSX Corp. has remarkable CEO commitment and has made huge strides in diversifying its workforce and management ranks by race/ethnicity and gender, which is particularly tough for a railroad company headquartered in the South. CSX also has a remarkable record of community philanthropy. Some specific achievements:
- Major efforts to diversify workforce and management. Of managers with less than five years of employment, 42 percent are women, Blacks, Latinos, Asians and American Indians. Two of the top six executives now are women, and CSX has the first woman chief transportation officer in the rail industry.
- Growing emphasis on employees with disabilities, including having a website designed for people with disabilities and being the first company in Northeast Florida certified as disability-friendly.
- Close affiliation through Chairman, President and CEO Michael Ward and the company with the Wounded Warrior Project as its first corporate partner.
- Strong veterans employee-resource group and overall program for veterans, including support of the National Guard and reserves, recognized recently with the Freedom Award from the Department of Defense. CSX is the only company to win this award twice.
Award accepted by Michael Ward, CEO, chairman and president, CSX:
“This is a tremendous honor, on behalf of our 30,000 employees, to receive this award from DiversityInc. As I look around this room, my guess is everyone’s looking to make a positive difference in the lives of others. I want to thank you all for this award and I assure you we will continue to work hard, and we expect to be here every year in the future.”