JACKSONVILLE, Fla., March 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- CSX Corporation (CSX) announced today that it has placed 17th on the DiversityInc 2011 Top 50 Companies for Diversity®, a ranking of diversity practices among U.S. companies. CSX is the only transportation company to be honored this year. In addition, CSX also ranked sixth in the DiversityInc Top 10 companies for Supplier Diversity.
"Diversity and inclusion at CSX have come to mean diversity of people, backgrounds, experiences and ideas," said Michael J. Ward, chairman, president and CEO of CSX. "CSX is working to develop a deep and talented pool of future leaders who offer, value and draw out unique perspectives in our organization and help us attract and retain the best and brightest talent possible."
The faces of CSX, from the board room to the crew room, are increasingly diverse in age, gender, ethnicity and physical abilities. This is the fifth year in a row that CSX has been recognized by DiversityInc for its commitment to diversity. Last year CSX was placed on the DiversityInc "25 Noteworthy Companies" list. Each year since 2006, G.I. Jobs has recognized CSX as one of the top 50 Military-Friendly Employers, and the company was ranked third in 2010. CSX is a charter member of GettingHired.com, an organization for employers and job applicants designed to help the millions of Americans living with disabilities secure sustainable employment and flourish in their careers. CSX has also been honored in recent years by Diversity MBA Magazine, Black MBA Magazine, CollegeGrad.com and Hispanic Business Magazine.
"To remain competitive in a 21st-century marketplace, CSX understands that it must create the right environment to attract, develop and retain a diverse blend of excellent employees," said Susan Hamilton, chief diversity officer and assistant vice president of diversity, CSX. "Knowing that people make the difference, CSX works to create a highly productive blend of experienced railroaders and new employees eager to build a career in the railroad industry."
Last month, CSX staged its annual Inclusion Forum, a four-day gathering designed to help employees learn about strategies for success in an inclusive workplace. "The sheer depth and variety of subject matter reflects the scope of inclusion-directed activity at CSX," Hamilton explained. "We now have 27 different inclusion groups across the CSX network that provide a continuing opportunity to exchange ideas and fortify connections within diverse communities."
In its 11th year, The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity is the leading assessment of diversity management in corporate America and globally. This year 535 companies participated in the survey. Participating companies are evaluated in four areas: CEO commitment, human capital, corporate and organizational communications, and supplier diversity.
CSX Corporation, based in Jacksonville, Fla., is one of the leading transportation companies, providing rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services. The Company's transportation network spans 21,000 miles with service to 23 eastern states and the District of Columbia, and connects to more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports. More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at the Company's website, www.csx.com.
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