Norfolk Southern has been named to Corporate Responsibility Magazine's 100 Best Corporate Citizens List for 2011. Norfolk Southern ranked 79th on the magazine's 12th annual list. This is the third time NS has been on the list.
The 100 Best Corporate Citizens List is based on 360 public data points relating to the environment, climate change, human rights, philanthropy, employee relations, financial performance, and governance. The best corporate citizens are selected from among large-cap Russell 1000 companies, based on data provided by an investor data firm.
"We are committed to continuous improvement in economic, environmental, social, and business practices that are good for our employees, communities, customers, and stockholders," said Blair Wimbush, NS vice president real estate and corporate sustainability officer. "We are honored to be named one of America's 100 Best Corporate Citizens and excited about the progress we are making in these areas."
Norfolk Southern's 2010 Sustainability Report describes a number of initiatives, including NS' goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent by 2014, and reflects the corporation's efforts in transparent corporate responsibility reporting.
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.