First Horizon joins pledge for diversity

First Horizon President Bryan Jordan announced Wednesday he has signed the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion pledge, joining other Tennessee companies as Astec Industries, CBL Properties, CHI Memorial Hospital, Siskin Hospital and Unum, in supporting efforts to promote a more inclusive workplace.

First Horizon joins over 2,000 of the world's leading companies in pledging to work to share best practices and raise awareness in the business community while also cultivating an inclusive culture within its workplace.

"We remain focused on the continued progress by recruiting and retaining a diverse team of talented associates and providing an environment in which all associates and perspectives are valued," Jordan said in an announcement of the bank's commitment to diversity.

In 2021, First Horizon's executive team was the first official group to participate in the National Civil Rights Museum's C-Suite Initiative, focused on education and increasing the representation of Black associates.

First Horizon was recently recognized by Bloomberg's Gender Equality Index and the Human Rights Campaign Best Places to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality and received the Dave Thomas Adoption-friendly Workplace Award. Additionally, First Horizon Associate Resource Groups (ARGs) have grown from five to eight, adding the Black Inclusion Guild, Eco Champions, and the Hispanic Outreach and Latino Alliance, with more in progress.

"We are excited about the tangible progress First Horizon has made in elevating equity both within the organization and externally, "said Dr. Anthony C. Hood, Executive Vice President, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer for First Horizon.


Britain sees second national rail strike

Britain is facing the second of three national railway strikes after new negotiations between union and employers ended in deadlock.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport Union accused the government of "wrecking" Wednesday's talks. It said the 24-hour walkout by 40,000 cleaners, signalers, maintenance workers and station staff would go ahead as planned on Thursday. Rail infrastructure company Network Rail said it was "disappointed that the RMT have again chosen to walk away from negotiations."

The union held a daylong strike on Tuesday that brought the U.K. rail network to a crawl, with only a fifth of passenger services running. Another walkout is planned for Saturday.


'The' Ohio State wins trademark fight

Ohio State University has won its fight to trademark the word "The."

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office approved the university's request Tuesday. The school says it allows Ohio State to control use of "The" on branded products associated with and sold through athletics and collegiate channels, such as T-shirts, baseball caps and hats.

"THE has been a rallying cry in the Ohio State community for many years, and Buckeye fans who purchase official Ohio State gear support student scholarships, libraries and other university initiatives," said Ben Johnson, the university's senior director of media and public relations. He noted the university's licensing and trademark program generates over $12.5 million a year in revenue, which helps fund student scholarships and university programs.

— Compiled by Dave Flessner