Caterpillar Partners with International Women’s Day
At Caterpillar, we know what it means to be bold. It's appropriate, then, that in 2017, for the first time, Caterpillar served as an International Women's Day partner; and the 2017 theme was #BeBoldForChange. What does it mean to be bold? It’s the willingness to take risks, the confidence to walk in someone else’s shoes and knowing that by changing minds, we can change the world.
Our team is stronger when we listen to the bold voices among us, urging us to understand and value our differences and then work together for one another and for Caterpillar. We have a number of programs to build our talent pipeline of strong female leaders -- Women in Leadership, Breakthrough Leadership for Women, Breakthrough Leadership Men as Allies, reverse mentoring programs and the Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) employee resource group.
Caterpillar is committed to fostering an inclusive environment - including a gender balanced workforce. And we invite you to be a part of the change and join the conversation.
While we started our journey with gender, because it is global and crosses all other demographics, our efforts are not limited to only gender. For instance, in 2017, we launched the Building Diversity initiative. Building Diversity focuses on opportunities to attract, develop and retain diverse populations within Caterpillar starting with U.S. ethnic diversity, and eventually expanding to other demographics around the world. Partnering together with six of Caterpillar’s Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) who identify with U.S. ethnically diverse populations, we have determined key diversity themes to address in 2018.
Promoting Inclusion for All
True inclusion means creating opportunities for all people to play a role in our success. A Caterpillar facility in Brazil is partnering with a local nonprofit to do exactly that. The Piracicaba Distribution Center (PDC) in Piracicaba has joined with APAE Piracicaba, an organization that promotes education and employment for people with intellectual disabilities, to provide valuable on-the-job skills. Each day, 10 students and three coaches from APAE come to PDC to count and sort items for packaging. The teams have excelled at their tasks, with high levels of quality and an exemplary safety record. In fact, the PDC – including the students and coaches from APAE – recently celebrated a major milestone of 1,000 days with zero recordable injuries.
For many participants, the program is their first professional experience, and will open further opportunities for them in the future. Other employees at PDC have been inspired by the initiative, enabling the facility to receive best-in-class ratings on inclusion and employee engagement on its most recent Employee Insight survey. The program was also recognized by the Latin America EHS team as a great example of diversity and inclusion at work.