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2019 | Sustainability Report
Caterpillar's Environmental,
Social and Governance Approach

& Inclusion

We believe each person is unique and valued, and are committed to ensuring our workplace is diverse and representative of the many customers we serve around the globe. Different perspectives help us achieve our best work and improve our communities — that's the Power of Everyone. When we leverage our diversity in an inclusive environment, we create the best solutions to meet our customers' needs in current and future markets.

Employee Resource Groups

One way we drive inclusion is through our 14 employee resource groups (ERGs). Open to all employees, our ERGs focus on harnessing the power of diverse thinking to better influence business decisions. Caterpillar’s ERGs help create positive impact on our business. One example involved the Caterpillar Chinese Resource Group (CCRG), which assisted on a project focused on growing our expanded offerings in China. The CCRG members provided business value through their culture, language and subject matter expertise, as well as their leadership skills and network in China. As a result, they gained valuable development experience. The Caterpillar Latino Connection ERG helped provide vital support for an important software update needed to prevent downtime for our customers by collaborating on translations for critical job aides within 24 hours of the initial request.

Community Outreach

Caterpillar employees give generously of their time and talent to support activities that promote a diverse and capable pipeline of talent from within their local communities. With facilities in more than 500 locations worldwide, employee outreach efforts focus on education, gender equity and skill building. Advocacy is an important complement; through engagement with professional associations like Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Caterpillar employees participate in critical conversations at the national, state and local level about access to STEM opportunities for underrepresented populations.

Breakthrough Leadership

Breakthrough Leadership is a development program that helps men and women develop inclusive leadership strategies and sharpen awareness of organizational culture and gender biases. More than 3,000 women have completed the course since its inception in 2014; while 4,100 men have completed the Men as Allies program, focused on growing a more gender-inclusive culture.


We were honored to receive the following awards in recognition of our workforce inclusion and diversity efforts:

  • Best of the Best Top Veteran-Friendly Companies U.S. Veteran’s Magazine
  • America’s Best Employers for Diversity Forbes
  • Top 50 Employers Careers & the disABLED Magazine
  • Best Employers for Women Forbes
  • Best Employers for New Grads Forbes
  • Top Great Company to Work for in Brazil, Great Place to Work Institute
  • Excellence Award for Talent Development, Happy Companies, China