Southwest Airlines Outlines Continued and Enhanced Commitment to Increase Diversity in Leadership

DALLAS, Sept. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Southwest Airlines Co.A (NYSE: LUV) today reinforced a continued commitment to putting People first and championing an inclusive workplace for all Employees. In a video messageA for the Company's Employees, Chairman of the Board & Chief Executive Officer Gary Kelly shared, "Our diversity & inclusion journey began long before this summer's increased focus on racial injustice and has always been rooted in our Southwest Way Values: specifically, how we show up individually, how we treat each other, how we work as a Team, and how we will succeed as a Company." Southwest long has been committed to diversity and inclusion, having been founded and guided across five decades by the Golden Rule to "Treat others as you would like to be treated," since our founding. Kelly continued, "While our diversity imperatives across the years laid a good foundation, we know we must commit to closely focusing in areas like diversity in Senior Leadership and supplier diversity. We continue to look for opportunities to better reflect in our organization the diverse demographics of the communities we serve." Specifically, the Company has set the following goals:

Evolving hiring and development practices to support diversity goals, including posting all open Leadership positions (Supervisor to Vice President) and requiring diverse candidate slates for each role

Measuring progress in increasing diversity in Senior Leadership

Doubling the percentage of racial diversity and increasing gender diversity in Senior Management Committee by 2025

Engaging breadth of community partners to ensure the Company is leveraging those relationships as it sources diverse talent

Additionally, the Southwest Airlines Board of Directors has committed to increasing its diverse representation by 2025.A  Journalists may download Gary's video message on Southwest Airlines commitment to increase diversity in LeadershipPursuing Racial Equity
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