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Kirby Corporation has a long history of supporting charity.

Giving Back to our Industry

Kirby has a long history of supporting foundations, associations and institutions whose charitable work
is related to Kirby’s core values
Seaman’s Church Institute

North America’s largest mariner’s service agency providing spiritual support, maritime education and legal advocacy to thousands of mariners and port workers. In the last 5 years, Kirby has donated more than $1 million to the institute. Kirby donated a wheelhouse training simulator to the institute which is used to provide navigational training to 1,600 mariners each year. Many of Kirby’s officers give their time and expertise to help the institute.

U.S. Coast Guard Foundation

Focuses on the well-being, education, and morale of the men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard and their families. Kirby has proudly supported this organization for more than 30 years.

Galveston Bay Foundation

Promotes advocacy, conservation, education, and research related to Galveston Bay. Kirby has been a major contributor to the foundation for many years and participates in annual clean-ups of Galveston Bay and donates a vessel to assist

Other Industry Associations and Foundations

Other Organizations Sponsored

Supporting our Employees and Communities when Disaster Strikes

Our people make the difference, and our motto “Do the Right Thing” is a fundamental value. We strive
to provide our employees and their families support and resources when they need it most.

The Kirby Disaster Relief Fund

Nonprofit charitable organization that provides support to Kirby employees, families, and communities affected by natural disasters or qualified family hardship. Kirby matches all employee contributions to the fund at 100%. Kirby and its employees have raised over $500,000 for the fund in the last 5 years.

Teams and emergency supplies are ready to deploy to affected areas to protect and aid employees and their families when natural disasters occur including hurricanes, tornadoes and flooding. Kirby has a long history of assisting distressed people and vessels on the water

Corporate Culture Survey Insights:

Employees are unified in our commitment to safety
Employees believe that Kirby has a customer
focus and clear strategic direction
Employees would like to do more community involvement
Employees are unified in our commitment to safety
Employees believe that Kirby has a customer
focus and clear strategic direction
Employees would like to do more community involvement

Marine Transportation – Training & Education

Kirby takes pride in training their employees above and beyond regulatory and industry standards. The Kirby Training Center is also used to educate customers about the intricacies of the business.
Pictured above is our towboat simulator where wheelhouse crew can gain repetitive practice navigating in extreme conditions and high-risk scenarios
  • The Kirby Training Center located in Channelview, TX, utilizes state-of-the-art equipment, instructional aids and has a full mission bridge simulator to provide US Coast Guard approved certifications and training
  • Typically over 1,000 certificates are earned each year in subjects such as safety, seamanship, boat and barge operations and navigation by our crewmembers
  • As our marine assets grow, the Kirby Training Center keeps pace with 63% growth in certificate awards since 2017

Distribution and Services – Training & Education

Distribution and Services takes pride in training and investing in their employees

  • D&S is committed to Human Capital Development through online course and instructor-led classes
  • Courses and classes cover a wide range of topics that increase skills sets, increase productivity, educate about safety & enhance team moral
    • Environmental, Healthy & Safety:
      • Defensive & distracted driving, First Aid Basic & Medical Emergencies
      • Global Safety Principles, ‘Slips, Trips & Falls’
    • Legal Compliance:
      • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Cybersecurity Awareness
      • Business Ethics, Whistleblowing, Promoting Diversity
    • Skills:
      • Business Writing, Risk-Based Thinking, Initiating & Planning a Project, Transitioning into a Project Management Role
      • Generator Knowledge, Intro. to Hydraulic Systems, Intro. to Electrical Diagrams, Intro. to Transformers, ESGA Journeyman Study

Pathways to Diversity

In a historically male industry, Kirby is making inroads in diversity…

  • Elected first female board member in 2015 and second in 2019
  • Females represent 22% of the Executive Leadership including:
    • VP, General Counsel & Secretary
    • VP and Chief HR Officer
  • Females represent 25% of the managerial and professional staff
    • Directors and Vice Presidents in Finance/Accounting, Marketing, Legal, Human Resources, and E-Commerce
  • Kirby Corporation has had a Diversity Committee for a number of years, but in 2019, management reconstituted the committee to focus on the following specific initiatives:
    • Review the Company’s diversity health
    • Review programs, identify areas for improvement, set goals, and implement change
    • Measure improvement and effectiveness of training and feedback
    • Support diversity awareness and training initiatives including:
      • Understanding what “Do the Right Thing” means in terms of diversity
      • Unconscious biases
      • Inclusion
      • Culture sensitivity
      • Diversity of thought
      • Managing in a diverse workplace
Diversity Statistics