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Amtrak CEO Gardner signs diversity, inclusion pledge

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Amtrak CEO Stephen Gardner has signed the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion, a business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

By signing the pledge, Gardner is committing to cultivate diverse perspectives and experiences at the railroad, Amtrak officials said yesterday in a press release.

CEOs that sign the commitment are called to implement and sustain four key actions at their organizations:

• Support an open dialogue on complex, and sometimes difficult, conversations about diversity and inclusion;

• Expand awareness of unconscious bias;

• Share best practices and unsuccessful actions on diversity strategies; and

• Establish account by creating and sharing strategic inclusion and diversity plans with the board of directors that enables concrete and strategic action to prioritize and drive accountability that cultivates an inclusive culture and talent.

The pledge expands other diversity and inclusion efforts underway at Amtrak. The railroad earned the highest score on the 2022 Disability Equality Index® and received a top score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2022 Corporate Equality Index earlier this year. Amtrak also has eight employee resource groups that aim to foster connections and create a sense of belonging for Amtrak employees.

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