Our Diversity and
Inclusion Journey

At Caterpillar, we believe diversity and inclusion (D&I) is a journey, not a destination. We are committed to continually working to ensure our workplace is diverse and representative of the many customers we serve around the globe and that each person is respected, seen, heard and valued. We know that different perspectives help us do our best work, achieve great outcomes and make positive changes in the communities where we live and work. That’s The Power of Everyone.

Read our 2021 Diversity & Inclusion Report
world map | One Global Team
world map | One Global Team
Jim Umpleby - CEO
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Jim Umpleby - CEO

 

"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.”


Jim Umpleby
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Caterpillar Inc.


Doing the Work

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.

Caterpillar Appoints First Female Presiding Director to Board 

Debra Reed-Klagus
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Debra Reed-Klagus

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. 

Caterpillar’s Diversity and Inclusion Framework 

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.

Business Impact - Leadership Behaviors & Accountability - Workplace Culture - Workforce Composition - Global Community Impact
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Business Impact - Leadership Behaviors & Accountability - Workplace Culture - Workforce Composition - Global Community Impact

Recent Recognition

Multiple Awards Received by Caterpillar
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Multiple Awards Received by Caterpillar

Caterpillar Named Best Place to Work in Brazil 2021

Odair Renosto
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Odair Renosto

For the fifth time, Caterpillar has been awarded first place for Best Company to Work for in Brazil by the Great Place to Work Institute. Caterpillar is the only company in Brazil to remain part of the select top 10 group for 15 consecutive years.

“Our team prides itself in creating and developing solutions that make it possible for our customers to make the world a better place,” said Odair Renosto, general manager of Caterpillar Brazil.

“And they value the equality they find in the workplace with opportunities regardless of color, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation. This demonstrates our efforts to develop a diverse and inclusive environment with Caterpillar and with our dealers, partners and customers.”


Our People

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.

Caterpillar Employees
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Caterpillar Employees

 

Employee Resource Groups

  • Africa Business Resource Group - ABRG
  • Active Caterpillar Team - ACTivate
  • Abled and Disabled Employees Partnering Together – ADEPT
  • Armed Forces Support Network – AFSN
  • Caterpillar African American Network – CAAN
  • Caterpillar Asian Indian Community – CAIC
  • Caterpillar Chinese Resource Group – CCRG
  • Caterpillar Lambda Network – Lambda
  • Caterpillar Latino Connection – CLC
  • Experienced Professionals – EP
  • Korean Resource Group – KRG
  • Middle Eastern Resource Group – MERG
  • Women’s Initiative Network – WIN
  • Young Professionals of Caterpillar - YP

 

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.

2021 DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION REPORT

How the Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) ERG
is Making Change Happen

 

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.

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Woman giving presentation

Employee Stories


Our Partners

 

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
Mantrac Nigeria

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Gbadebo Funsho in front of Cat Mining Truck

Global Community Impact

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. 

Doing the work that matters
Doing the work that matters