CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Jan. 27, 2022 – U.S. Xpress Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: USX) received a score of 75 out of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2022 Corporate Equality Index (CEI). The CEI is the nation’s foremost benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ+ workplace equality.
“The CEI score is very important to U.S. Xpress and the many team members within our company who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community,” said Amanda Thompson, chief people officer for U.S. Xpress. “This report shows us where we’ve made progress but also highlights areas where we still need to improve as we look to advance inclusivity within U.S. Xpress and ultimately, throughout the transportation industry.”
U.S. Xpress is committed to becoming more inclusive and diverse for people of all backgrounds and this voluntary program and resulting ranking is further illustration of that commitment.
In 2020, the Company established an Inclusion & Diversity (I&D) Council comprised of team members of different backgrounds. Last year, U.S. Xpress established three employee resource groups (ERGs) to better support specific segments of the workforce: women’s, veterans’, and multicultural ERGs, each with an executive sponsor and independent leadership. The Company also grew its existing I&D Council and brought on Wade Hinton as its first chief inclusion partner. Mr. Hinton is working closely with U.S. Xpress leadership and the I&D Council to define goals, map strategies, and outline specific deliverables to becoming more inclusive.
“When the Human Rights Campaign Foundation created the CEI 20 years ago, we dreamed that LGBTQ+ workers—from the factory floor to corporate headquarters, in big cities and small towns—could have access to the policies and benefits needed to thrive and live life authentically,” said Jay Brown, Human Rights Campaign senior vice president of programs, research and training. “We are proud that the CEI paved the way to that reality for countless LGBTQ+ workers in America and abroad.”
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people. Through its programs, the HRC Foundation seeks to make transformational change in the everyday lives of LGBTQ+ people, shedding light on inequity and deepening the public’s understanding of LGBTQ+ issues, with a clear focus on advancing transgender and racial justice. Its work has transformed the landscape for more than 15 million workers, 11 million students, 1 million clients in the adoption and foster care system and so much more. The HRC Foundation provides direct consultation and technical assistance to institutions and communities, driving the advancement of inclusive policies and practices; it builds the capacity of future leaders and allies through fellowship and training programs; and, with the firm belief that we are stronger working together, it forges partnerships with advocates in the U.S. and around the globe to increase our impact and shape the future of our work.
U.S. Xpress Enterprises, Inc. is on a mission to make goods move better every day. Since its founding in 1985, the Company has evolved into a vital link in the supply chain, providing a portfolio of capacity solutions for its customers. This includes an established Dedicated fleet servicing some of the nation’s largest shippers, along with innovative over-the-road (OTR) and brokerage solutions. Variant, the Company’s driver-first OTR division, is the fastest-growing fleet in the industry. U.S. Xpress’ brokerage offering, Xpress Technologies, provides greater capacity for shippers, and for carriers, tools and resources to better manage and grow their business. Powered by more than 10,000 professionals, these businesses are driving innovation across the industry and helping to shape the future of logistics.
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Source: U.S. Xpress Enterprises, Inc.
Brad Carmony, VP, Brand Communications