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 Makes it Easier for Customers to Find and Use Travel Credits

The airline offers customers the most transparent and user-friendly options in the industry to encourage and simplify using travel credits
By United Newsroom, September 23, 2021

CHICAGO, Sept. 23, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- United today announced it is giving customers even more flexibility when they need to rebook their travel by helping them to find and use their travel credits. United is the only airline to make it easy for customers to use their credits by automatically displaying them as a payment option during the checkout process. This functionality will be available for MileagePlus® members first and the airline is working to roll it out to all customers in the near future. Also, beginning next week, United will be the first to let customers use their travel credits for extra legroom seats and to pre-pay for checked baggage.

United Airlines Plans to Begin Flights Between Washington, D.C. and Lagos, Nigeria in November

United to operate the first ever nonstop flight between Washington, D.C. and Lagos and offer more flights between D.C. and Africa than any other carrier
By United Newsroom, September 17, 2021

CHICAGO, Sept. 17, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines announced today that new service between Washington, D.C. and Lagos, Nigeria will begin November 29 (subject to government approval). The airline will operate three weekly flights connecting the U.S. capital to Nigeria's largest city, which is also the top Western African destination for U.S-based travelers. Tickets will be available for sale on united.com and the United app this weekend.

United, Honeywell Invest in New Clean Tech Venture from Alder Fuels, Powering Biggest Sustainable Fuel Agreement in Aviation History

United agrees to purchase 1.5 billion gallons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) over 20 years - which is one and a half times the size of the rest of the world's airlines' publicly announced SAF commitments combined
By United Newsroom, September 09, 2021

CHICAGO and DES PLAINES, Ill., Sept. 9, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- United and Honeywell today announced a joint multimillion-dollar investment in Alder Fuels – a cleantech company that is pioneering first-of-its-kind technologies for producing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at scale by converting abundant biomass, such as forest and crop waste, into sustainable low-carbon, drop-in replacement crude oil that can be used to produce aviation fuel. When used together across the fuel lifecycle, the Alder technologies, coupled with Honeywell's Ecofining™ process, could have the ability to produce a carbon-negative fuel at spec with today's jet fuel. The goal of the technologies is to produce fuel that is a 100% drop-in replacement for petroleum jet fuel.

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