Class I Briefs: CSX/UP, NS

Written by Marybeth Luczak, Executive Editor
CSX and UP have been recognized on the America’s Most Responsible Companies List for 2024.

CSX and UP have been recognized on the America’s Most Responsible Companies List for 2024.

CSX and Union Pacific (UP) earn spots on the “most responsible” companies list published by Newsweek magazine. Also, Norfolk Southern (NS) employees in November came together to support charitable organizations across the 22-state network.


CSX and UP have been recognized on the America’s Most Responsible Companies List for 2024. The 600 “most-responsible” companies included on the list were chosen from among the 2,000 largest U.S. public corporations based on revenue, according to Newsweek.

Newsweek and Statista, a global research and data firm, created the annual ranking of the companies that best demonstrate the qualities of good corporate citizenship based on environment, social and governance (ESG) criteria.

CSX and UP appeared at No. 258 and No. 569, respectively, on the overall list, and at No. 4 and No. 19, respectively, among the 20 in the Transportation & Logistics sector. Other Transportation & Logistics-sector companies earning spots on the 2024 list include C.H. Robinson (No. 1 of 20 in the sector); J.B. Hunt Transport Services (No. 2 of 20); Knight-Swift Transportation (No. 16 of 20 in the sector); and Wabtec (No. 17 of 20 in the sector).

The other sectors represented on the list are: Automotive & Components; Consumer Goods; Energy & Utilities; Financial; Health Care & Life Sciences; Hotels, Dining & Leisure; Materials & Chemicals; Professional Services; Real Estate & Housing; Retail; Software & Telecommunications; and Technology Hardware.

“Being a responsible corporate citizen is more than a policy statement at CSX; it’s a commitment we demonstrate every day through our actions and results,” said Joe Hinrichs, President and CEO of CSX, which was included on the list for the third consecutive year. “We’re continually finding innovative ways to reduce emissions and support our customers’ supply chain carbon-reduction goals. We also engage with communities to enhance safety, and we work tirelessly to increase diversity and inclusion in our workforce.”


NS’s Financial Planning & Analysis department members with the children’s bicycles and toys they assembled for the Atlanta Fire Rescue Foundation. (Caption and Photograph Courtesy of NS)

NS on Dec. 6 reported that employees came together last month to make a difference in communities network-wide.

According to the railroad, several initiatives and achievements were part of “Giving November,” including:

  • The Labor Relations, Human Resources, and Corporate Communications departments, along with the Volunteers Employee Resource Group (ERG) at NS, volunteered on separate days at the Atlanta (Ga.) Community Food Bank (ACFB). Together, they sorted and packaged more than 68,000 pounds of food, which represents approximately 57,000 meals. To build on this, NS hosted a food drive at its Atlanta headquarters to support ACFB.
  • NS employees, supported by the railroad’s J. Whitaker Group ERG, volunteered at the Junior Achievement (JA) Chick-fil-A Discovery Center in Atlanta. Collectively, they donated 60 hours of time, serving students from Stone Mountain Middle School and Stephenson Middle School. The railroad in October launched a partnership with JA with a new interactive storefront in the Discovery Center and a three-year grant of $105,000 supporting thousands of students.
  • The Financial Planning & Analysis department members built bicycles and packaged toys, which will be donated to local children through a partnership with the Atlanta Fire Rescue Foundation.
  • The Ethics and Compliance department members planted more than 130 trees in partnership with Trees Atlanta. In another effort, the NS Volunteers ERG hosted a cleanup day at the Eastside Trail of the Atlanta BeltLine.
  • Employees served lunch at Crossroads Community Ministries in Atlanta during the week of Thanksgiving.
  • Employees of NS subsidiary Crown Companies (Triple Crown & TDIS) participated for the second consecutive year in the Philabundance Food Drive at its Blue Bell, Pa., office.
  • NS teamed with the American Red Cross to host an employee blood drive at its headquarters.

NS said it launched its 2023 Thoroughbred Giving Program in June with a new Thoroughbred Giving Portal for employees. The aim of the redesigned Portal is to foster community engagement and to support employees’ charitable efforts, such as volunteer initiatives for Giving November, according to the railroad, which noted that the Portal allows employees to sign up for volunteer activities and log hours, access their charitable spending account, and more.

NS said it matches up to $20,000 in eligible donations to nonprofit organizations of an employee’s choice. Since the Portal launched, more than 320 employees have logged nearly 6,000 volunteer hours supporting 138 organizations, NS reported. Approximately 13% of those volunteer hours were logged throughout Giving November.

NS’s Labor Relations department volunteers at the Atlanta Community Food Bank. (Caption and Photograph Courtesy of NS)
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