When it Comes to Diversity in the Workplace, Actions Speak - United Hub

When it comes to diversity, actions speak

By Matt Adams, June 15, 2017

While many corporations strive to foster inclusiveness and diversity in workplaces, historically, the more frank discussions around those issues have often been deemed too sensitive for the professional environment.

That reality wasn't lost on Tim Ryan, the U.S. chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers. And it was a desire to drive legitimate change in that respect that led to him founding a new initiative called CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion, a pledge signed by 175 CEOs — including our own CEO Oscar Munoz — from more than 50 industries in the U.S.

The CEOs who have chosen to participate do so with the promise that they will encourage open, candid conversation within their respective organizations on the subjects of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability and veteran status.

"A culture of diversity doesn't end at a person's hiring; that should mark the beginning of an ongoing and open conversation," Oscar said. "However, in my own experience, while there's a lot of talk about the importance of hiring diverse candidates, too many people find that actually talking about the issues they see in corporate culture is very difficult, if not outright discouraged. As one of the few Latino CEOs of a Fortune 500 company, I think it is so important that everyone feels free to be who they are and say what they think – even when it may touch on complicated issues – in a respectful, thoughtful way in the workplace. I applaud this initiative because a truly diverse culture cannot be achieved through lip service; only through sustained and vibrant dialogue."

Read more about the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion initiative here.

United Cargo operates more than 11,000 cargo-only flights in one year

By The Hub team, March 19, 2021

On March 19, 2020, United operated its first flight carrying cargo without passengers on board. While the passenger cabin was empty, its cargo hold was completely full, carrying more than 29,000 pounds of commodities from Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) to Frankfurt Airport (FRA).

A year later, United Cargo has operated more than 11,000 cargo-only flights carrying more than 570 million pounds of freight. To support the COVID-19 pandemic recovery efforts, United Cargo has also transported more than 113 million pounds of medical and pharmaceutical products on both cargo-only and passenger flights as well as approximately 10 million COVID-19 vaccines, providing global communities access to the items they have needed most.

10 tips for spring travel

By The Hub team, February 24, 2021

Whether you haven't flown with us for a while or just need a quick refresher before your spring trip, read this list of tips to know before your flight and arrive at the airport travel-ready:

1. Download the United app for contactless bag check, travel assistance and more

Before your flight, download the United app to view your flight status, check in, sign up for flight notifications, locate departure gates, access our free personal device entertainment when available and more. We've also updated our app with new features that can make your trip a little safer, including contactless bag check.

Don't forget to use Agent on Demand for help with any and all questions you may have before your flight. This new capability is available at all our U.S. hub airports and allows you to use your own mobile device to contact a customer service agent via phone, video or chat to help with day-of-travel questions while you're at the airport. Learn more about Agent on Demand here.

United joins UNICEF COVAX initiative

By The Hub team, February 19, 2021

This week, we were honored to become the first U.S. airline to join the UNICEF Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative to combat the COVID-19 pandemic by transporting the vaccine and other critically needed supplies to underserved areas of the globe.

"We are committed to helping the global community in any way we can, and we all must work together to do our part to bring this health and humanitarian crisis to an end," said Director of Cargo Specialty Products Manu Jacobs.

We will leverage our expertise to transport these critical pharmaceutical and healthcare shipments around the world safely, efficiently and expediently. We are proud to partner with the United Nations to support this global effort and provide equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.

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