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CSX tops transportation industry in diversity ranking, magazine says


CSX Corp. ranked 17th on DiversityInc's 2011 list of Top 50 Companies for Diversity practices, and sixth on the magazine's Top 10 Companies for Supplier Diversity.

The Top 50 list recognizes companies that achieve high marks for diversity management in corporate America and globally. This year, 535 companies participated in an annual diversity assessment survey, a 19 percent increase vs. 2010, according to the magazine.

CSX is the only transportation company ranked on the Top 50 list, CSX officials said in a prepared statement.

"Diversity and inclusion at CSX have come to mean diversity of people, backgrounds, experiences and ideas," said CSX Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Ward. "CSX is working to develop a deep and talented pool of future leaders who offer, value and draw out unique perspectives in our organization and help us attract and retain the best and brightest talent possible."

This is the fifth consecutive year DiversityInc has recognized CSX for diversity. In 2010, the Class I was among the DiversityInc's 25 Noteworthy Companies list.

"To remain competitive in a 21st Century marketplace, CSX understands that it must create the right environment to attract, develop and retain a diverse blend of excellent employees," said Susan Hamilton, CSX chief diversity officer and assistant vice president of diversity.  

In February, CSX held its annual "inclusion forum," a four-day gathering designed to help employees learn about strategies for success in an inclusive workplace. The company now has 27 different inclusion groups across the CSX Network, said Hamilton, who discussed the Class I's diversity efforts in an article published in Progressive Railroading's March 2010 issue.