Union Pacific Railroad’s Policy on Human Rights

CEO’s Letter

Union Pacific exists to build America. How we accomplish that is as important as what we do – connecting businesses and communities to the world. We live our commitment to respect human rights by fostering a safe, respectful and inclusive workplace for every employee. It also means holding ourselves and those with whom we do business to the highest standards.

Union Pacific’s Human Rights Policy aligns with the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other internationally accepted standards. Like our Statement of Policy on Ethics and Business Conduct, every employee is expected to understand and comply with this policy.

Moving the goods Americans use every day requires collaboration with suppliers, customers and the communities where our employees live and work. Our association must also reflect a joint responsibility to protecting human rights. Union Pacific’s policy outlines our expectations for our supply chain partners. We believe safe, vibrant communities inspire residents and are essential to creating a better world.

Thank you for your continued support and commitment as we strive to set a positive example. Together, we can make a difference.

Building America Report: Signature
Lance Fritz, Chairman, President and CEO


Union Pacific connects the nation’s businesses and communities to the global economy, offering safe and reliable supply chain solutions that promote sustainability and economic growth. As North America’s premier railroad franchise, we cover 23 states across the western two-thirds of the United States and serve many of the fastest growing cities. Our tracks connect all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to Canada, Mexico and the country’s eastern gateways.

Union Pacific’s reputation and success are determined by the decisions we make as employees and as a company, and by the people with whom we choose to do business. They are intrinsically linked to our values: a passion for performance that drives our safety, customer satisfaction and quality results; high ethical standards that provide a source of pride and a bond with our customers, shareholders and communities; and teamwork that ensures we reach our common goals.

We embrace diversity and create opportunity for every person by promoting an inclusive and safe work environment, while acting in accordance with internationally promoted human rights standards.

Our Commitment

At Union Pacific, we promote equality, dignity, justice and freedom. We embrace our responsibility to respect and promote human rights by fostering a safe and inclusive workplace wherever our operations are conducted.

Each state is responsible for protecting the human rights of individuals within its borders; however, the responsibility of business enterprises to respect human rights is independent of the states’ ability to fulfill their own obligations. Because of this, Union Pacific follows the human rights standards set out in the United Nations’ (UN) Universal Declaration of Human Rights. These standards are widely accepted by corporations throughout the United States. Our Human Rights Policy was also crafted in accordance with the UNs’ Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the International Bill of Human Rights.

We are committed to and responsible for avoiding, causing or contributing to adverse human rights impacts through our own actions and addressing such impacts if they do occur. Similarly, we seek to prevent adverse human rights impacts that are directly linked to our operations, products or services through our business relationships with our customers, suppliers and community partners.

Union Pacific acknowledges that circumstances both locally and globally will change over time. New human rights concerns could come to light. Therefore, this policy will be a continuing effort and will be adapted while we assess our procedures and approaches to ensure our commitment stands the test of time.

Our Operations

Union Pacific operates across 23 states, and we comply with all applicable laws and respect internationally recognized human rights everywhere we operate. Our employees are promised equal pay for equal work. This includes the opportunity for collective bargaining and the freedom to associate (or not associate). We do not tolerate child labor, human trafficking, or any other form of modern slavery.

We aim to achieve a diverse and inclusive workforce. With such a wide range of operations, we strive for equal opportunities in employment without discrimination in any form including discrimination based on: race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability. Where our operations may affect particularly vulnerable persons, including women, migrant workers, or disabled persons, we rely on international standards to guide our actions and responses.

At Union Pacific, we are passionate about creating a safe and welcoming workplace. We expect each of our employees to treat one another with respect and dignity, and we enforce a zero tolerance policy on inappropriate behavior involving Equal Employment Opportunity and retaliation.

Union Pacific is committed to protecting the environment now and for future generations. Across our more than 32,000-mile network, we strive to be good corporate neighbors by respecting the individuals and communities that surround us. We expect full compliance with all environmental laws and regulations, and value discussion with individuals or communities that may have concerns.

In addition to a safe environment for our neighboring communities, we work to make sure every employee goes home safely every day. We assess risks, and report incident and injury rates to the Federal Railroad Administration. We are committed to engaging with employees to help them mitigate distraction, while continuing to improve technology, enhance processes and foster a culture focused on operating safely.

Our Partner’s Operations

It is not enough to worry about our own operations. We must also be concerned about our value chain. Even with Union Pacific aggressively avoiding causing or contributing to human rights violations, if one of our partners fails to do its part, we are supporting that failure.

We expect all of our partners to abide by the internationally recognized human rights standards. Our partners should have processes in place to avoid any and all human rights violations, and a prevention and mitigation plan, if such a violation were to occur.

Our suppliers and customers are expected to protect human rights within their operations. See our Supplier Code of Conduct. If a supplier fails to meet its obligation to respect human rights, we reserve the right to end our business relationship. From a customer perspective, we expect the products we transport to be manufactured and handled in a way that respects human rights.

The Values Line

It is everyone’s responsibility to protect and respect one another’s human rights. Therefore, employees are encouraged to report violations of this policy to their managers. If, however, an employee believes that the manager cannot or will not resolve the issue(s), the employee should contact the Union Pacific Values Line. The Values Line can be reached 24/7 at 800-998-2000.