"We know a diverse and inclusive workplace helps us better support our customers’ enduring success as we execute our strategy for long-term profitable growth. When our global team reflects the customers, communities and stakeholders we serve, we do our best work.”
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
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
Caterpillar’s first female Presiding Director, effective June 8, 2022
In April 2022, the independent directors of the Board appointed Debra Reed-Klages as a nominee for Presiding Director. If re-elected to the Board, Reed-Klages will assume the Presiding Director role on June 8, 2022, immediately following the annual shareholder meeting. She will be Caterpillar’s first female Presiding Director.
Our five-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 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 Women Enabling Leadership program (WE Lead), sponsored by our Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) ERG, helps women identify personal strengths and address barriers to becoming a leader. Globally, more than 3,000 women participated in an earlier version of this program focused on networking skills, negotiating conditions for leadership success and coaching to overcome leadership challenges. In 2021, we refreshed the content and extended availability to all genders. The Men as Allies Program, also sponsored by WIN, was designed to provide tools that develop self-awareness of unconscious bias and how to promote a gender inclusive culture. To date, more than 4,000 men have participated in the workshop.
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.