BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine today announced that Norfolk Southern has been named to its 2011 list of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity. This is the second consecutive year that Norfolk Southern has made the list. The company was cited for the diversity of its senior management.
"Norfolk Southern is proud to be recognized by BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine as a company that sets the standard in diversity for American businesses," said Cindy Earhart, vice president human resources. "We recognize that a diverse workforce and inclusive business practices provide us with a competitive advantage and are keys to our future success. At Norfolk Southern, our employees are our most valued asset. We have many programs and processes in place to assist us with developing and leveraging the diversity of talent within our organization."
BLACK ENTERPRISE's seventh annual list is based on the results of a survey of 1,000 major publicly traded corporations and 100 leading global companies with significant U.S. operations. The survey focused on the overall participation of African Americans and members of other ethnic minority groups in four areas: board representation, employee base, senior management, and supplier diversity.
NS has been recognized as a leader in workplace practices by other publications. G.I. Jobs magazine ranked Norfolk Southern among the top 20 companies in its America's Top 100 "Military Friendly Employers" list for 2011, and BusinessWeek magazine named Norfolk Southern as one of the 50 Best Places to Launch a Career in 2010. The U.S. Navy Reserve has recognized the company for outstanding support of employees serving in the reserves.
Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) is one of the nation's premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway subsidiary operates approximately 20,000 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a major transporter of coal and industrial products.