At Caterpillar, we believe in The Power of Everyone as a source of innovation and competitive advantage. We are proud that our people come from across the globe, with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. We are united by our Values in Action and collectively committed to our purpose of helping our customers build a better world.
Debra L. Reed-Klages
In June 2022, the independent directors of the Board appointed Debra Reed-Klages as Caterpillar’s first female Presiding Director.
Our three-pillar D&I Framework outlines our strategic approach to diversity and inclusion. The objective of the framework is to weave D&I seamlessly into the business, ensuring that the principles guide us in our daily operating rhythm.
We are a team that shares our unique talents to help those with whom we work, live and serve. The diverse thinking and decision making of our people strengthens us. We respect and value people with different opinions, experiences and backgrounds. We know that by working together, we can produce better results than any of us can achieve alone.
For more than 20 years, Caterpillar’s employee resource groups (ERGs) have engaged and connected communities inside and outside of the company across the globe. Our 14 ERGs connect dedicated employees who share similar life experiences or interests. These groups provide opportunities for personal and professional development, and they help drive innovation. Membership is voluntary and open to all Caterpillar employees.
Our Caterpillar Latino Connection (CLC) ERG is making an impact on our business by sharing the gift of the Spanish language and offering a program to employees who are interested in developing their skills. The CLC Spanish Program is a great example of how Caterpillar is strengthening relationships with dealers, customers, and suppliers in Latino and Hispanic countries. The program started small about 10 years ago in the U.S. and has now grown globally with more than 1,000 students. With two terms per year, beginners to advanced levels, and an immersive learning style, the program is recognized as a powerful tool. In addition to learning Spanish, students are also able to participate in the CLC Spanish Mentorship Program which solidifies their language journey by providing industry related knowledge, opportunities to network and multicultural awareness.
While we’ve made diversity and inclusion a priority within our enterprise, shared progress with our partners fosters a more holistic and fulfilling journey.
Technicians for Africa is a free online program in partnership with Caterpillar dealers for Africans seeking a family-sustaining career as a service technician. In just 3 – 6 months, participants can earn a Caterpillar Certificate of Completion and begin an exciting journey toward a potential career as a well-paid and highly valued service technician in the automotive, trucking or heavy equipment industry.
“I’ve always been interested in Caterpillar as a brand. This made it easy for me to connect with the program when I heard about it, plus it was free online training that enabled me to take ownership of my learning.”
- Gbadebo Funsho
As a company, Caterpillar works alongside our dealers and our customers to build the societal infrastructure needed to make the world run. We build thriving communities by investing in the skills people need to join the modern workforce, and the natural and vital infrastructure they rely upon.
Through the Caterpillar Foundation and other local community partnerships, Caterpillar has made a long-standing commitment to equip individuals and communities with the skills, resources and services they need to thrive in our changing world. These partnerships are a catalyst for progress — ensuring the value of our work extends beyond the immediate impact to build a better, more inclusive world for future generations.