Oversight of Norfolk Southern’s formal sustainability program is the responsibility of the company’s Environmental Policy Council. The council comprises the executive vice presidents responsible for planning and operations, departmental vice presidents, and the corporate sustainability officer.
The company formed the council in the mid-1990s to ensure compliance with government regulations and internal policies regarding environmental issues. Since 2007, when the company adopted a formal sustainability program, the council has helped ensure that all departments are aware of and contributing to the company’s sustainability efforts.
“The whole company owns the sustainability process. We promote sustainability both internally and externally to ensure that we are positioned as a sustainable, responsible company.”
executive vice president of planning,
chief information officer
and council chair
Norfolk Southern connects business success with efforts to protect the environment for employees, customers, and communities. The company has adopted policies and procedures to minimize the environmental impacts of business operations and to conserve railroad real estate assets through sound management of land, water, and property resources. The railroad strives to minimize waste through activities such as recycling, reduced energy consumption, greater use of environmentally preferred materials, and use of nonpolluting technologies, procedures, and work practices.
For example, it is Norfolk Southern’s policy to:
While employees at all levels have specific responsibilities for implementing environmental policies, the company expects all employees, regardless of position, to understand and respond appropriately to potential environmental problems and to comply with environmental law.