Corporate social responsibility
(CSR) is more than a trendy concept. It’s a part of how CSX, a nearly 190-year-old
transportation company, operates.
“Just as CSX trains are always headed to the next destination, this company is constantly looking to the future,” said CSX chairman and CEO Michael J. Ward. “We’re transforming into the CSX of Tomorrow — while continuing to make decisions that advance the interests of customers, the environment and all of the people we serve.”
In its newly released 2015 Corporate Social Responsibility Report, “Moving Forward,” the company outlined progress against CSR goals.
CSR means, among other things, keeping employees and communities safe.
Said Ward, “CSX remains committed to safety, as evidenced by the fact that freight rail continues to be the safest form of land transportation. In 2015, CSX continued its network maintenance by replacing 3.3 million ties and replacing or resurfacing more than 5,500 miles of track.
“In addition, CSX’s Safety Train rolling classroom made 20 stops across the network to share incident response expertise and build relationships at the local level. CSX has also supported resilient, safe communities by contributing to the recovery efforts led by the American Red Cross for the last 20 years and continuing the company’s Play It Safe initiative to promote safety awareness and education for motorists and pedestrians around the railroad.”
CSR also means fostering an inclusive, welcoming work environment.
In 2015, CSX was again named to G.I. Jobs’ Top 100 Most Military Friendly Employers list, and veterans, reservists and active duty military members made up 25 percent of new employees. CSX was also named one of Computerworld’s 100 Best Places to Work in IT, reflecting an innovative culture that is helping propel the company with advanced technology.
Protecting the environment is also a critical aspect of CSR.
In 2015, three CSX employees were honored with the Association of American Railroads’ top environmental awards. And CSX was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for North America for the fifth consecutive year.
The company also opened Casky Yard in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, with modern environmental design informed by LEED standards. And construction began on the Virginia Avenue Tunnel in Washington, D.C., where CSX is rebuilding a 110-year-old tunnel to remove a bottleneck and expand the availability of double-stack intermodal service that will help get more freight off congested highways.
CSX remains committed to giving back to the community. In 2015 CSX invested more than $13.5 million in programs to help communities and provided 66 in-kind transportation moves to help nonprofits with transportation.
Read the full CSX Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2015 here.