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2020 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 in developed and developing countries, where aging networks need improvement, and emerging regions require new infrastructure.

Our products help ensure that investments in transportation, energy, telecommunications and 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 that grow economies in countries around the world.

Caterpillar Foundation

The Caterpillar Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Caterpillar Inc. and has been on a mission to improve lives since its founding in 1952. Today the Foundation is focused on building resilient communities that thrive in a rapidly changing world. Just as our company and customers work to build infrastructure, the Caterpillar Foundation helps build stronger individuals, communities and economies around the world. The Foundation invests in the skills people need to join the modern workforce, and the natural and vital infrastructure they rely upon.

$810 million
invested in global communities since 1952

The Foundation’s Response to COVID-19

COVID-19 has affected every community that Caterpillar and the Caterpillar Foundation serve. Given its mission to build thriving communities, the Foundation increased its support for those in need during the initial stages of the pandemic. Early in 2020, the Foundation announced a $250,000 donation to the China Women’s Development Foundation through Give2Asia to provide health care facilities with critical medical protective materials in China’s Hubei province, where the outbreak initially occurred.

In total, the Caterpillar Foundation committed $10 million to support global COVID-19 relief efforts, focused on the world’s most pressing needs by partnering with organizations. This commitment included a Foundation 2:1 match on eligible U.S. employee and retiree donations. The Foundation also collaborated with Caterpillar facilities around the world to donate to local charities responding to COVID-19 related health, housing, food and other basic needs in the communities our employees call home.

The Caterpillar Foundation committed
$10 million
to global COVID-19 efforts, positively impacting 523 nonprofits in more than 16 countries.

Partners included:

  • United Nations Foundation
  • King Baudouin Foundation United States
  • The Global FoodBanking Network
  • Feeding America
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  • Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund

The Foundation’s Focus Areas Include

  • Empowering the workforce of the 21st century–Investing in skills development and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) to equip people with the skills required for tomorrow’s economy, putting them on a path to prosperity. Skills-based education leads to better jobs, and better jobs lead to better futures.

  • Building resilient communities to address critical environmental challenges, support natural infrastructure development and provide access to basic services, such as water resource management and energy.

  • Giving back in our communities–Caterpillar’s global team helps build a better world using their passions, time and talents to give back, maximizing impact through the Foundation’s disaster and matching gifts programs, United Way and volunteer efforts.

Based on investments made in 2020, and together with the help of the Foundation’s partners:

  • 3 million individuals
    will have better access to industry-aligned STEM education programs.
  • Over 512,000 acres
    will be restored through reforestation, ecosystem restoration and more sustainable land use management practices.
  • 9,700

    are projected to enter the workforce after successful completion of technical and vocational education programs
  • 1,800 water system interventions
    are projected to be installed to connect communities with reliable water sources.

Disaster Relief

The Caterpillar Foundation is a member of the American Red Cross (ARC) Annual Disaster Giving Program. This program provides a funding base that allows the ARC to immediately provide relief to those impacted by disasters. This model ensures that the ARC has funds to prepare for disasters before they occur.

The Caterpillar Foundation invested
$2 million
in the American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program.

The Foundation’s support enabled the ARC to respond to disasters such as devastating bushfires in Australia, the deadly explosion in Lebanon and widespread flooding in Sudan. In addition to supporting relief efforts through its partnership with the ARC, the Foundation made a $250,000 donation to the Australian Red Cross.

Social Justice

Caterpillar supports the fight against racism and injustice. To help address structural inequities in the United States, and in line with its mission, the Foundation announced a $1 million donation split equally between two organizations.

The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment—challenging racial and economic injustice, and protecting fundamental human rights for the most vulnerable in our society.

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities and achieve racial justice in a society where the promise of equity for all Americans is fulfilled. The Foundation will continue investing in community programs that fight for equal rights and address the destructive effects of racism.

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.

UN SDGs most closely aligned to the Foundation

UN SDG 4: Quality Education UN SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation UN SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy UN SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth UN SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure UN SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

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