US Xpress Closes 2021 with Increase in Community Partnerships, Employee Training and Donations, and Inclusion and Diversity Initiatives
The company strengthens its position as an employer of choice locally and in the logistics sector
CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee, December 30, 2021– (COMMERCIAL THREAD) –US Xpress Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: USX) today announced significant progress on key metrics measuring its engagement with its communities and team members. Released earlier in 2021, the Corporate Responsibility Report describes actions to strengthen community participation and programs that support its nearly 10,000 team members through an inclusive and diverse workforce. This year’s progress includes:
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US Xpress prioritizes service and engagement with the communities in which it operates, particularly by supporting organizations aligned with its four pillars: Safety and Well-Being, Military Veteran Programs, education and innovation, and families and health. By 2025, the company aims to double its community engagement by increasing funding, in-kind donations and volunteer hours. This year, the Society provided $ 114,200 in sponsorships and cash donations to over 30 local, regional and national organizations. US Xpress provided an additional $ 68,000 in in-kind donations to nonprofit organizations through service donations and supplier partnerships.
Employee education and donations
US Xpress and its family of companies provide free college education to drivers, shop technicians and their dependents through the Complete program of the hike. Since its launch in 2018, the company has funded more than $ 1.1 million in tuition for nearly 850 team members and dependents. This year, US Xpress funded $ 294,000 for 292 completed courses. In 2021, the Company funded an additional reimbursement of $ 73,000 for the tuition fees of its office workers pursuing continuing education.
Through the company’s Xpress Cares program, employees can support other team members facing personal challenges with a contribution equivalent to that of the company. Since the program’s inception in 2016, it has distributed over $ 391,000 to 234 team members, and this year, Xpress Cares has provided over $ 82,000 to 39 employees.
Inclusion and diversity
US Xpress is made up of a diverse population of employees with different cultures, backgrounds and experiences. In 2021, the Company achieved its goal of establishing three Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) to better support specific segments of its workforce. These groups include women, veterans and multicultural ERGs, each with an executive sponsor and individual leadership. US Xpress also expanded its existing Inclusion & Diversity Council and recruited Wade Hinton as its first lead inclusion partner. Hinton and his team work closely with corporate leadership and the Inclusion and Diversity Council to set goals, map strategies, and define specific deliverables to become a more inclusive organization.
US Xpress Enterprises, Inc. mission is to improve the flow of goods every day. Since its founding in 1985, the company has become an essential link in the supply chain, offering a portfolio of capacity solutions to its customers. This includes a dedicated fleet established to serve some of the nation’s largest shippers, as well as innovative brokerage and over-the-road (OTR) solutions. Variant, the company’s driver-focused OTR division, is the fastest growing fleet in the industry. US Xpress brokerage offer, Xpress Technologies, offers greater capacity to shippers and carriers, tools and resources to better manage and develop their activities. With more than 10,000 professionals, these companies drive innovation across the sector and help shape the future of logistics.
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Brad Carmony, Vice President, Brand Communications