U.S. Xpress Enterprises, Inc. received a score of 75 out of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2022 Corporate Equality Index. 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, said officials.
In 2020, the company established an Inclusion & Diversity Council comprised of team members of different backgrounds. Last year, U.S. Xpress established three employee resource groups 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.”