- Increases percentage of veterans in its U.S. workforce from 8% to
System, Inc. (NYSE: R), a leader in commercial transportation and
supply chain management solutions, has surpassed its goal to hire
1,000 military veterans by the end of 2013. The company beat its
goal by the end of February, a full 10 months ahead of schedule. Ryder
made its pledge in November 2011 as part of the company’s involvement in Hiring
Our Heroes, a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
focused on enhancing collaboration between the public and private
sectors to help veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment.
The more than 1,000 former military service men and women are working
for Ryder in a variety of roles including as truck drivers, diesel
mechanics, warehouse employees, and other professional positions. Since
joining Hiring Our Heroes in November 2011, Ryder has increased the
percentage of veterans in its almost 23,000 employee U.S. workforce from
8 percent to 10 percent. The company has also doubled the amount of
recently-separated veterans hired in that same time period.
“Ryder has been one of our great supporters since Hiring Our Heroes was
just getting off the ground,” said Lieutenant Colonel
(Ret.), executive director of Hiring Our Heroes. “They are proven
leaders in their commitment to hire returning servicemen and women and
are great examples for the rest of the private sector to follow. This is
a tremendous achievement for Ryder, and we applaud them for increasing
the number of veterans in their workforce.”
Veterans have skills that make them uniquely qualified to work in
transportation and logistics, and also bring other intangible qualities
to the table, such as leadership, loyalty, and hard work.
“Attracting and developing the best talent in our industry is one of
Ryder’s strategic priorities, and hiring talented military veterans is
an important part of this effort,” said
, President and
Chief Executive Officer of Ryder. “As a leader in transportation and
logistics, we recognize the unique abilities and character inherent in
military personnel. The distinct logistical, mechanical, management, and
teamwork skills learned through military service are a great asset to
Ryder has long benefited from hiring military veterans throughout its
history. Since stepping up its recruiting effort with the Hiring Our
Heroes program, the company has implemented a number of new initiatives.
Launching a new military recruiting website at www.ryder.com/military
to help veterans easily match their military skills with open
positions at Ryder.
Attending more than 50 military career fairs hosted by the U.S.
Chamber’s Hiring Our Heroes program.
Establishing a 20-plus member veteran hiring task force.
Focusing efforts on customizing on-boarding, training, and development
practices to better meet the needs of veterans transitioning to
Ryder is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Veterans Employment
The company currently has more than 800 job openings across all states
in the U.S. For more information about Ryder’s recruiting initiatives,
read the company’s latest Corporate
Sustainability Report. To find and apply for jobs at Ryder, visit
the company’s online career site at www.ryder.jobs.
Ryder is a FORTUNE 500® commercial transportation, logistics and supply
chain management solutions company. Ryder’s stock (NYSE:R) is a
component of the Dow Jones Transportation Average and the Standard &
Poor’s 500 Index. Inbound Logistics magazine has recognized Ryder
as a top third party logistics provider and green supply chain partner.
The company has also been ranked three years in a row as one of the top
250 U.S. companies in the Newsweek Green Rankings. In addition, Security
Magazine has named Ryder one of the top companies for security practices
in the transportation, logistics, supply chain, and warehousing sector.
Ryder is a proud member of the American Red Cross Disaster Responder
Program, supporting national and local disaster preparedness and
response efforts. The company is a past recipient of the Department of
Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Above and
Beyond Award – Ryder was honored by the ESGR, an agency of the
Department of Defense, for its outstanding service and continuing
support to the National Guard and Reserve. For more information, visit www.ryder.com
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Source: Ryder System, Inc.