Lambda Network

Created in 2006, Caterpillar Lambda Network helps to create an inclusive environment for Caterpillar's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees, along with their allies (GLBTA). In support of Caterpillar's non-discrimination policy, which includes sexual orientation, Lambda helps to educate employees on the perspective of the GLBT community.


All Caterpillar employees are equally valued and have equal career advancement opportunities, regardless of sexual orientation or sexual identity.

Critical Success Factors:

  1. We will educate Caterpillar leaders to value GLBTA employees in the workplace. (Owned by: Education Committee)
  2. We will foster a sense of community for GLBTA employees by providing meaningful meetings and social activities for Lambda members.
  3. We will build member engagement through ongoing high-touch communications and mentoring relationships.
  4. We will build an advisory board comprised of change agents who will help further Lambda’s GLBTA educational awareness and provide guidance on executing Lambda goals and objectives.


Caterpillar Lambda Network consists of an executive sponsor, one chairperson, vice-chairperon and three committees with over 170 members. Committees include:

  1. Activities - Plans quarterly membership meetings, social activities and town hall meetings, along with an annual community service project.
  2. Communications - Creates and maintains Caterpillar Lambda Network Web site, membership list and general communications to members and/or stakeholders.
  3. Learning / Education - Partners with the Global Diversity Office to develop GLBT learning, awareness and education opportunities.

Benefits to Members

Each member of Lambda has the opportunity to attend member meetings, social events and town hall meetings and community service projects. Members and non-members can also participate in our mentoring program that assigns a mentor/mentee based on the individual's specific needs (newly "out" employee, career development, co-worker/supervisor of a GLBT employee, or a family members of a GLBT individual).