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BASF Recognizes Union Pacific for Efforts to Deliver a More Sustainable Future

Omaha, Neb., August 2, 2018

Union Pacific was the only railroad recognized as a Supplier of the Year for Performance in Sustainability in North America by BASF Corporation, a company dedicated to creating chemistry for a sustainable future. The award is given to suppliers exhibiting a strong commitment supporting BASF’s dedication toward environmental, social and economic success. Nine companies received honors in logistics, raw materials, and technical goods and services categories.

Union Pacific and BASF teamed up to move superabsorbent polymers (SAPs) for the first time via rail, eliminating more than 100 trucks from the road and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. SAPs absorb and retain large amounts of liquid commonly found in products such as diapers.

“Union Pacific prides itself on helping customers generate long-term, sustainable solutions,” said Kenny Rocker, Union Pacific vice president-Industrial. “We’re proud of our BASF partnership and this recognition for developing new business with growth potential.”

The project delivered a sustainable, consistent alternative supply chain for BASF’s customer by expanding transportation modes and supporting on-site inventory. At the award ceremony, Union Pacific was described as a reliable partner, providing BASF with an innovative logistics solution and outstanding transportation performance.

About Union Pacific

Union Pacific Railroad is the principal operating company of Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP). One of America's most recognized companies, Union Pacific Railroad connects 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country by rail, providing a critical link in the global supply chain. In the last 10 years, 2008-2017, Union Pacific invested approximately $34 billion in its network and operations to support America's transportation infrastructure. The railroad's diversified business mix is classified into its Agricultural Products, Energy, and Industrial and Premium business groups. Union Pacific serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers, operates from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways, connects with Canada's rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major Mexico gateways. Union Pacific provides value to its roughly 10,000 customers by delivering products in a safe, reliable, fuel-efficient and environmentally responsible manner.

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