Community Impact

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Our success contributes to the social stability of regions around the world. Caterpillar and our employees focus on contributing time and resources to promote the health and welfare of communities in which we live and work. We conduct our business in a manner that respects human rights individually.

We encourage employees to actively engage in activities that contribute to a better society by volunteering time and talent or investing money in worthwhile community projects and initiatives. In addition, Caterpillar supports the Caterpillar Foundation, which has been dedicated to transforming lives in communities around the world since 1952. The Foundation’s mission is to help lift people out of poverty, and it champions programs that support education, environment and basic human needs.

Economic Development

Caterpillar and our products support economic growth around the world, both in developed countries, where aging networks need improvement, and emerging regions, where new infrastructure is required. Our products help ensure that investments in transportation, energy, telecommunications, waste and water infrastructure produce maximum benefits. We support these investments as key enablers for sustainable development, economic growth, competitiveness and long-term job creation.

Our facilities in more than 50 countries provide quality jobs and opportunities for the people in those locations. At the end of 2018, Caterpillar had approximately 104,000 full-time employees, which accounts for only a fraction of the jobs directly associated with Caterpillar, typically represented by our flexible workforce, extended dealer network and supply chain. In addition to the direct economic contributions to the local economies associated with employee, dealer and supplier compensation and other operating expenditures, additional indirect and induced contributions occur as a result of spending by the employees, dealers, suppliers and customers who visit our facilities throughout the world.

Philanthropy/Social Innovation

Sharing the Value of Water

In 2018, the Caterpillar Foundation turned its focus toward examining the most pressing water challenges of our time, declaring 2018 the Year of Water and launching the Value of Water campaign. Through this campaign, we highlighted our work with grant partners such as charity: water, Ducks Unlimited, Global Citizen, Living Lands & Waters, Opportunity International, The Nature Conservancy and Water.org.

Read more about the Value of Water in our 2018 Sustainability Progress Report.

As Caterpillar and our customers work to build traditional infrastructure, the Caterpillar Foundation is focused on building human infrastructure through strategic investments and collaboration focused on alleviating poverty and making sustainable, scalable progress possible for all. As a company, we collaborate across our value chain to develop programs that provide job training and increase workplace safety. Globally, our employees generously volunteer their time, skills and talents to achieve positive community impact where they live and work.

How We Make a Difference
The Caterpillar Foundation

Since 1952
$740M+
Contributions

Environment
Restoring natural
infrastructure while
improving the quality of
life as it relates to poverty

Education
Numeracy and literacy,
improving academic
outcomes, financial literacy
and workforce readiness

Basic Human
Needs

Food, water, shelter,
energy and disaster relief

Goal: Place 50 million people on the path to prosperity. The Caterpillar Foundation impacts people through our nonprofit partners’ work on the ground to address the root causes of poverty. Since 2013, we have helped put more than 48.1 million people on the path to prosperity.

We believe no one individual or organization can do this work alone – collaboration among businesses, nonprofits, governments and citizens is key, and working together is the only way to create sustainable change.

People Impacted (Cumulative)Number of people in millions

Investments
2018 Community Investments

$27M
2018 Caterpillar Foundation community investments

$4M
Caterpillar Foundation matching gifts program11

$11.8M
2018 United Way total donations12