‘Enlightened’ Mega Carrier CEO Calls Out Trucking Industry For Lack of ‘Diversity and Inclusion’
Chattanooga, TN – The CEO of one of the largest trucking companies in the United States is calling out the trucking industry for a lack of “diversity and inclusion” in its hiring practices.
Eric Fuller, U.S. Xpress (USX) CEO and son of USX co-founder Max Fuller, recently penned an opinion editorial published by FreightWaves asserting the trucking industry is lagging behind other sectors when it comes to embracing diversity in the workplace.
Fuller, who is also the brother of FreightWaves founder and CEO, Craig Fuller, indicated he came to this realization in recent months.
“I’ve become increasingly enlightened that the existing divisive rhetoric around diversity and inclusion within the trucking industry could significantly impact the growth and transformation of USX and our entire industry,” he wrote. “I’m calling on trucking and logistics business leaders large and small to begin taking steps to create a culture more accepting of others from different races, ethnicities, genders and sexual orientation.”
Further, Fuller argued failure of trucking leaders to enact what he described as “real change” will result in the stymieing of efforts to attract top management talent needed to “compete in a global economy.”
The first step, Fuller asserted, is to “face the fact that our industry is behind others and needs to play catch-up,” noting that trucking is “often diverse in front-line and entry-level positions,” but companies “have very little diversity at the management, executive and board levels.”
His solution is for company leaders to “start intentionally targeting and opening opportunities for minorities to build a career at the management level in trucking.”
However, Fuller also acknowledged “USX has a long way to go in developing a more inclusive culture,” but pointed to a recently established Diversity & Inclusion Council as one step the mega carrier has taken.
He said the formation of the Council has led to “safe space for open dialogue about important issues that impact women, the LGBTQ+ community and the many military veterans” working at USX.
“I’m proud to be a part of the trucking industry, but we have work to do,” he concluded.
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