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


Our success contributes to the social stability of regions around the world. Caterpillar and our customers support economic growth both in developed and developing countries, where aging networks need improvement, and in emerging regions, where new infrastructure is required. Our products help ensure investments in transportation, energy, telecommunications, waste and water infrastructure produce maximum benefits. By employing more than 100,000 people worldwide – and indirectly supporting countless other jobs – we help provide opportunities and grow economies in countries around the world.

Caterpillar Foundation

As Caterpillar and our customers work to build infrastructure, the Caterpillar Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Caterpillar Inc., has been on a mission to improve the lives of people around the world since its founding in 1952. In more recent years, the Foundation’s Together.Stronger. platform has worked to align, inspire and activate cross-sector stakeholders to tackle the root causes of poverty. Through a collaborative effort of businesses, nonprofits, governments and citizens, the Foundation set out to help 50 million people rise out of poverty by 2020. Together, we have made tremendous progress and are proud to have reached this goal.

Over the past year, as we approached this exciting milestone, the Foundation evaluated how it can make the most significant impact moving forward. With that in mind, the Foundation has refreshed its strategy with a more focused mission of building resilient communities that thrive in a rapidly changing world. Resilient communities play a pivotal role in global development. They are strong, resourceful and better prepared to withstand, manage and recover from unexpected challenges of the future, whether those challenges are social, environmental, economic or political. This refreshed strategy reflects who Caterpillar and the Foundation are and provides the opportunity to leverage our expertise and experience to improve the communities in which we live and work.

Caterpillar Foundation Strategy

What How
Empower the workforce of the 21st century Workforce readiness and STEM education programs
Build strong, resilient and sustainable infrastructure Building natural infrastructure and supporting access to basic services like water and energy
Give back, harnessing the passions of our team Matching gifts, volunteerism, United Way giving and disaster relief

Caterpillar Foundation and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs)

The Caterpillar Foundation’s investments align with several of the UN SDGs. The Caterpillar Foundation works to build resilient communities in the places where we live and work, and where there is need. The UN SDGs that are most closely associated with the Foundation’s work include: