The American Trucking Associations and Women in Trucking are the latest to laud efforts to make our industry more welcoming to everyone.
What’s happening: Making trucking a more inclusive and equitable industry is part of the journey at U.S. Xpress, and recent recognition by two different organizations is just the latest sign we are on the right path.
Why it matters: Our team members tell us they want to live and work in diverse and inclusive communities, and for companies like U.S. Xpress that share that vision.
The bottom line: A growing drive to make trucking a more welcoming and inclusive industry is helping companies attract and retain the talent to keep goods moving better.
Making trucking a more inclusive and equitable industry is an important part of the journey at U.S. Xpress, and recent recognition by two different organizations is the latest sign we are on the right path.
The American Trucking Associations (ATA) recognized U.S. Xpress for its equitable policies and initiatives in the ATA’s inaugural Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Change Leader Awards. U.S. Xpress was one of nine member companies recognized at the ATA’s annual management conference in San Diego recently.
Just a couple weeks later, U.S. Xpress was among the 2022 “Top Companies for Women to Work For in Transportation” in Redefining the Road magazine, the official magazine of the Women in Trucking Association. This is the fifth consecutive year U.S. Xpress has been honored since the designation was launched in 2018.
“I’m proud of the work we’re doing to assure we continue to attract and retain a diverse and inclusive workforce,” said Eric Fuller, President & CEO of U.S. Xpress. “Our team members tell us they want to live and work in diverse and inclusive communities, and for companies like U.S. Xpress that share that vision.”
The purpose of the ATA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Change Leader Award is to recognize members who make a commitment to a culture of acceptance and belonging for their employees. The award encourages innovation that supports a continued commitment to equal opportunity, and recognizes members embracing best practices and developing a culture of acceptance and belonging.
Several characteristics distinguish companies recognized on the list of “Top Companies for Women to Work For in Transportation,” according to Brian Everett, publisher of Redefining the Road. These characteristics include corporate cultures that foster gender diversity; competitive compensation and benefits; flexible hours and work requirements; professional development opportunities; and career advancement opportunities.
U.S. Xpress has a range of initiatives focused on fostering an inclusive workplace, including an Inclusion & Diversity Council made up of people from all over the company, five employee resource groups (women’s, veterans, multicultural, pride, and faith-based), strong connections with community partners, and engagement in a range of initiatives within the logistics industry.
U.S. Xpress has been certified as a Great Place to Work, was named to the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, and is annually recognized as a top employer for military veterans.
U.S. Xpress Chief People Officer Amanda Thompson talked earlier this year with Heavy Duty Trucking about our company’s focus on inclusion, equity, and diversity and how it’s helping us build the future of our industry.