Sustainability Highlights

Operating Safely

  • Decreased the rate of grade crossing incidents from 2.38 to 2.22.
  • Promoted rail safety in 12 key Union Pacific communities through the company’s public safety advertising campaign.
  • Awarded 21 grants to community-owned railroad safety initiatives, reaching an estimated 230,000 people.
  • Held about 9,000 UP CARES public safety outreach and training events, reaching more than 616,330 people.

Strengthening Communities

  • Hired approximately 3,450 employees, about 25 percent of whom are military veterans.
  • Supported more than 2,500 nonprofit organizations.
  • Increased the company’s spending with women- and minorityowned suppliers by approximately 11 percent since 2012.
  • Invested $3.6 billion of total capital in Union Pacific’s network and operations to support America’s freight transportation infrastructure.

Engaging Employees

  • Employed nearly 46,500 people primarily in 23 states.
  • Hosted 2,000 employees at the company’s wellness expo to meet with benefit plan providers and learn from health experts.
  • Conducted more than 3.3 million hours of formal employee training.
  • Provided financial assistance through Union Pacific’s Friend to Friend Network to approximately 700 families of active or retired railroaders who suffered a health- or dwelling-related tragedy.

Preserving the Environment

  • Eliminated an estimated 33.7 million metric tons of greenhouse gases thanks to our customers choosing rail over truck transportation.
  • Diverted from landfills more than 830,000 tons of waste, which accounts for an estimated 77 percent of our waste.
  • Recycled or distributed more than 400,000 pounds of electronic equipment and nearly 1.4 million pounds of signal batteries.
  • Completed testing an ultra-low emitting Genset locomotive fitted with diesel particulate filters to further reduce particulate matter emissions beyond its normal low level.