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KCS updates 2019 sustainability report

The railroad has updated its 2019 sustainability report entitled "For the Long Haul: Delivering Prosperity, Valuing People, Protecting the Planet."
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Kansas City Southern in late June released an update to its 2019 sustainability report.

Safety statistics shared annually in sustainability reports now will include data from KCS’ Mexican operations, the update states. Titled "For the Long Haul: Delivering Prosperity, Valuing People, Protecting the Planet,” the 2019 report now shows the Class I improved its consolidated reportable train accident frequency ratio by 26 percent and consolidated reportable injury frequency ratio by eight percent.

The update also reveals that the Class I saved 14.5 million gallons of fuel; recommitted to reducing greenhouse-gas emissions by at least 12 percent by 2025 from 2018 base-year levels; and garnered 86 percent of respondents to a 2019 employee engagement and satisfaction survey to say they’d recommend the company as a great place to work.

“[We are] committed to responsible business practices and maintaining strong relationships with our stakeholders,” said KCS President and Chief Executive Officer Patrick Ottensmeyer in a press release. “We are proud to share 2019 updates to our sustainability report that demonstrate our commitment to safety, environmentally responsible operations and employee engagement.”

The report is available in the corporate responsibility section of KCS’ website. The report and update follow the Global Reporting Initiative’s latest standards for disclosing governance, economic, social and environmental topics, KCS officials said.

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