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Awards and Recognition


At CSX, our employees are dedicated to safeguarding communities and the environment, and have been widely recognized for their achievements. CSX continues to be recognized with several high-profile awards, rankings and selections for its business practices, long-term investment value and commitment to excellence, including the following:

Railroad Innovator of the Year

Progressive Railroading and RailTrends named CSX President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Foote the winner of the 2020 Railroad Innovator Award. The award recognizes individual outstanding achievement in the rail industry.

Women in Rail Award

Debbie Bittner, CSX head of transportation and PTC systems operations, was honored with a Women in Rail 2020 award from Railway Age magazine. Bittner has been a driving force and key contributor to the development of an industry-wide positive train control (PTC) solution, which has been one of the largest capital investment projects in modern railroading.

Wall Street Journal World’s Top Transportation Company for Sustainability

CSX is the most sustainably run transportation company in the world, according to a 2020 analysis by the Wall Street Journal. Listed at 16th on the Journal’s ranking of the world’s top 100 most sustainably run companies, CSX is by far the sustainability leader among U.S. railroads. The ranking, which includes some of biggest names in global commerce, was compiled from an assessment of more than 5,500 publicly traded businesses.

Newsweek Most Responsible Companies

In 2020, Newsweek magazine recognized CSX as America’s top railroad for corporate responsibility and second among all U.S. travel, transport and logistics companies.

The magazine’s second annual ranking of “America’s Most Responsible Companies” listed CSX at 54, a leap of 115 places from last year and second only to FedEx in the travel, transport and logistics category. CSX ranked well ahead of the three other Class I railroads on the list.

Halo Award for Social Impact

CSX’s Pride in Service initiative was recognized with Engage for Good’s 2020 Gold Halo Award for Employee Engagement. In 2018, CSX launched Pride in Service, a signature initiative to support and recognize military, veterans and first responder service members and their families. The initiative was quickly embraced by employees who have shown their passion for those who serve and generously donated their time to volunteer with nonprofit partners.

Best of the Best Top Veteran-Friendly Companies and Best for Vets: Employers

The U.S. Veterans Magazine named CSX to its Best of the Best Top Veteran-Friendly Companies list in 2020 for the second year in row. In addition, MilitaryTimes released its annual Best for Vets: Employers ranking for 2020, with CSX appearing in 44th position, far ahead of the next Class I railroad on the list and third among the all transportation companies included in the ranking.

CSX employs thousands of veterans, active-duty military and first responders, and actively recruits veterans.

Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion

For the second year in a row, CSX was recognized in 2020 as a "Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion" by Disability:IN and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD).
CSX earned the recognition by scoring 90 percent on the 2020 Disability Equality Index (DEI), the nation's most-comprehensive annual benchmarking tool on disability inclusion efforts in the areas of culture, leadership, enterprise-wide access, employment practices and community engagement.

The John H. Chafee Environmental Excellence Award

Presented by the Association of American Railroads (AAR), The John H. Chafee Environmental Excellence Award recognizes an individual railroad employee who has demonstrated outstanding environmental performance in the area of environmental awareness and responsibility. For three consecutive years, a CSX employee has won the award for their dedication to sustainable business practices and improving environmental performance.

The North American Environmental Employee Excellence Award

The North American Environmental Employee Excellence Award, presented by AAR, honors the industry's top environmental professional. CSX Manager of Environmental Programs Meaghan Atkinson earned the award in 2020, making her the tenth CSX employee to receive this honor in the last 19 years.

Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) A List

CSX is among an elite number of companies to earn an "A" from the global environmental non-profit group CDP. 2020 marked the eighth consecutive year the company has ranked among CDP's corporate sustainability leaders. CSX was the top U.S.-based Class I railroad in 2020’s CDP ranking and placed in the top 5% of survey respondents globally.