Kansas City Southern (KCS) is a railroad where collaboration and inclusivity are paramount to its success. Whether talking about directors, employees, suppliers or customers partnership, diversity and inclusion is a key part of the conversation. While much smaller in actual track miles than its Class I railroad peers, KCS is not only strategically positioned across the U.S.-Mexico border and well connected to North American industrial centers, other railroads, intermodal and transload facilities, and ocean and river ports but is also on the leading edge of change as it relates to diversity and inclusion.
"Partnership, diversity and inclusion is central to our growth strategy and value proposition," explained KCS president and CEO Patrick J. Ottensmeyer. "We're striving to consistently be the fastest-growing, best-performing, most customer-focused transportation provider in North America--a vision that is only possible with inclusivity."
In 2017, KCS launched a fresh vision and values communication campaign for employees. Among the stated values are safety, customer focus, communication, teamwork, initiative and innovation, diversity and civility. KCS fosters a culture that supports these values throughout the organization--from field operations to the boardroom. Imbedded within the corporate diversity value, KCS has a supplier diversity program where they seek high-quality, certified, disadvantaged business enterprise, minority-, womenand veteran-owned businesses to bring the added value of diversity to the purchasing process.
With diversity permeating the corporate culture from the bottom up, KCS also recognizes that corporate board diversity is a key differentiator in global success. According to Diversitylnc CEO Luke Visconti, "companies with better performance seem to have more diverse boards.'" Additionally, the Committee for Economic Development (CED) contends that women board members are highly correlated to measureable business gains as well as serve as a key differentiator in future...