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.
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) employee resource group (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.
Part of creating an inclusive workplace means identifying opportunities for diverse voices at every level of a company. That’s a core objective for the Executive Leadership Council (ELC), which Caterpillar partners with to grow Black leaders’ careers. Caterpillar employees participated in ELC’s Leadership Development week — a premier leadership development experience for Black professionals across career levels— attended the Mid-Level Managers’ Symposium — which prepares high-performing managers from Caterpillar and other like-minded companies for break-through career growth — and ELC’s Recognition Gala — in which more than 2,000 guests and ELC members honor individuals and corporations for their support of diversity, inclusion and achievement in business. Caterpillar’s work with the ELC aligns with the company’s internal work to foster a more diverse and inclusive environment.
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.