KCS Releases “For the Long Haul” 2020 Sustainability Report

KANSAS CITY, Mo.--()--Kansas City Southern (KCS) (NYSE: KSU) has released its 2020 sustainability report, “For the Long Haul: Delivering Prosperity, Valuing People, Protecting the Planet.” The report is available in the Corporate Responsibility section of www.kcsouthern.com.

With the unprecedented challenges of 2020, KCS remains steadfast in our commitment to responsible business practices and maintaining strong relationships with our stakeholders,” said KCS president and CEO Patrick J. Ottensmeyer. “We are proud to share our 2020 sustainability report, which demonstrates our focus and commitment to safety, environmental stewardship, and employee engagement.”

2020 Sustainability Report Highlights:

  • In 2020, KCS improved its U.S. and Mexico consolidated frequency rate of reportable workplace injuries and illnesses by 27%.
  • KCS committed to do its part in the fight against climate change and partnered with the Science Based Target Initiative to set an ambitious carbon reduction target. KCS has committed to reducing its scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions per million gross ton-miles at least 42% by 2034, from a 2019 base year.
  • KCS avoided the use of 21.2 million gallons of diesel fuel; this is an additional nearly 7 million gallons avoided compared to 2019 due to the implementation of fuel-efficient technologies.
  • KCS’s CEO held 24 diversity, equity, and inclusion roundtable sessions across the U.S. and Mexico with more than 200 participants. The forum provided employees a space to share their views on workplace equity, inclusion, and opportunities for KCS improvement.

KCS’s sustainability report follows the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI’s) latest standards for disclosing governance, economic, social, and environmental topics and is in alignment with the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) frameworks. These frameworks provide for the disclosure of measurable data and specific information related to sustainability.

Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., Kansas City Southern (KCS) (NYSE: KSU) is a transportation holding company that has railroad investments in the U.S., Mexico, and Panama. Its primary U.S. holding is The Kansas City Southern Railway Company, serving the central and south-central U.S. Its international holdings include Kansas City Southern de Mexico, S.A. de C.V., serving northeastern and central Mexico and the port cities of Lázaro Cárdenas, Tampico, and Veracruz, and a 50 percent interest in Panama Canal Railway Company, providing ocean-to-ocean freight and passenger service along the Panama Canal. KCS's North American rail holdings and strategic alliances with other North American rail partners are primary components of a unique railway system, linking the commercial and industrial centers of the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. More information about KCS can be found at www.kcsouthern.com.

Forward-Looking Information

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In addition, management may make forward-looking statements orally or in other writing, including, but not limited to, in press releases, quarterly earnings calls, executive presentations, in the annual report to stockholders and in other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Readers can usually identify these forward-looking statements by the use of such words as "may," "will," "should," "likely," "plans," "projects," "expects," "anticipates," "believes" or similar words. These statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results could materially differ from those anticipated by such forward-looking statements as a result of a number of factors or combination of factors including, but not limited: public health threats or outbreaks of communicable diseases, such as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on KCS’s business, suppliers, consumers, customers, employees and supply chains; rail accidents or other incidents or accidents on KCS’s rail network or at KCS’s facilities or customer facilities involving the release of hazardous materials, including toxic inhalation hazards; legislative and regulatory developments and disputes, including environmental regulations; loss of the rail concession of Kansas City Southern’s subsidiary, Kansas City Southern de México, S.A. de C.V.; domestic and international economic, political and social conditions; disruptions to the Company’s technology infrastructure, including its computer systems; increased demand and traffic congestion; the level of trade between the United States and Asia or Mexico; fluctuations in the peso-dollar exchange rate; natural events such as severe weather, hurricanes and floods; the outcome of claims and litigation involving the Company or its subsidiaries; competition and consolidation within the transportation industry; the business environment in industries that produce and use items shipped by rail; the termination of, or failure to renew, agreements with customers, other railroads and third parties; fluctuation in prices or availability of key materials, in particular diesel fuel; access to capital; climate change and the market and regulatory responses to climate change; dependency on certain key suppliers of core rail equipment; changes in securities and capital markets; unavailability of qualified personnel; labor difficulties, including strikes and work stoppages; acts of terrorism or risk of terrorist activities, war or other acts of violence; and other factors affecting the operation of the business; and other risks identified in this news release, in KCS's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020, and in other reports filed by KCS with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Forward-looking statements reflect the information only as of the date on which they are made. KCS does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect future events, developments, or other information.

Contacts

C. Doniele Carlson, 816-983-1372, dcarlson@kcsouthern.com

Contacts

C. Doniele Carlson, 816-983-1372, dcarlson@kcsouthern.com