Awards & Recognition

Norfolk Southern strives to be the industry leader in all areas of corporate sustainability, including commitments to reduce our environmental footprint, to be a good corporate citizen, and to deliver top-notch service to customers. We are honored and gratified when our efforts to improve are recognized by others.

Environmental Performance

  • Won American Carbon Registry’s 2012 Corporate Excellence award
  • Achieved our best-ever carbon disclosure score in the 2012 CDP S&P 500 Climate Change Report
  • Ranked as top railroad in the S&P 500 Clean Capitalism Ranking released in February 2012 by Corporate Knights
  • Ranked as top U.S. railroad in Newsweek’s 2012 Green Rankings
  • Named to Inbound Logistics magazine’s 2012 list of 75 Green Supply Chain Partners

Social Performance

  • Earned a 2012 National Achievement Award from TRANSCAER® for helping communities prepare for and respond to potential hazardous materials transportation incidents
  • TRANSCAER’s Torch Award won by employee William J. “Bill” Oertly in recognition of his lifetime achievement
  • Named by CivilianJobs.com to its 2012 list of Most Valuable Employers for Military® for our commitment to hiring veterans
  • Named by G.I. Jobs magazine to its Top 100 Military Friendly Employers®
  • Ranked No. 4 among transportation and automotive sector companies in 2012 for employee adoption benefits by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption

Economic Performance

  • Earned customer service recognition from UPS for the second consecutive year for delivering failure-free service during the parcel carrier’s “peak season,” between Thanksgiving and Christmas
  • Tied for highest overall score among rail and intermodal service providers in Logistics Management magazine’s 2012 “Quest for Quality” reader survey
  • Listed during 2012 as a Top 25 Socially Responsible Dividend Stock by Dividend Channel, an online investment research website owned by BNK Invest Inc.
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Awards received during the reporting period.

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sustainability in action:

Creative thinking reduces energy use – and costs

Through our InnovatioNS program, Norfolk Southern encourages employees to look for ways to make their work safer, more efficient, and more cost effective. Brian Thomas’ ingenuity has saved the company money and contributed to its sustainability efforts. read more >

sustainability in action:

Committed to a greener workplace

Employees at Norfolk Southern have embraced the railroad’s sustainability efforts. At many locations across the system, employees such as Emily Hunter have taken the initiative to launch recycling and other green initiatives. read more >

sustainability in action:

A Norfolk Southern ‘River Star’

Ray Jones, a 32-year railroader, is committed to helping Norfolk Southern meet its pledge to be a good corporate neighbor and environmental steward. read more >

Creative thinking reduces energy use – and costs

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Committed to a greener workplace

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A Norfolk Southern ‘River Star’

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sustainability in action:

Keeping locomotives moving down the track

Norfolk Southern is continually looking for ways to increase the efficiency and productivity of operations. Devina Miller has played a key role in a Mechanical Department initiative dubbed Mission Critical. read more >

Keeping locomotives moving down the track

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sustainability in action:

A little effort, a lot of food for those in need

To strengthen the communities our railroad serves, Norfolk Southern promotes and supports employee volunteerism. Many employees, like Amanda Carpenter, volunteer their time, treasure, and talents to build community connections. read more >

sustainability in action:

Building community partnerships

Norfolk Southern strives to be a good corporate citizen. The railroad routinely partners with local, state, and federal government officials on projects that benefit communities and the country. Employees such as Ed Sites and David Dize are the ones who make these partnerships work. read more >

sustainability in action:

In pursuit of a dream

Norfolk Southern ensures that employees have ample opportunities to develop their skills and advance their careers. Jerome Perry is taking advantage of an NS program to further his education. read more >

sustainability in action:

Where good health meets good deeds

As part of its employee wellness program, dubbed WellNS, Norfolk Southern in 2011 introduced Power Train, an initiative that combines physical fitness and charitable giving. Misty Braden organized a Power Train team in Knoxville to help fund breast cancer research after a colleague was diagnosed with the disease. read more >

sustainability in action:

Partnering for safety

Safely operating our railroad is Norfolk Southern’s No. 1 priority. In addition to efforts to keep our employees safe on the job, we partner with communities in various ways to promote public safety. Employees Richard Vaughan and Greg Valentine demonstrate that commitment. read more >

A little effort, a lot of food for those in need

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Building community partnerships

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In pursuit of a dream

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Where good health meets good deeds

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Partnering for safety

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