Code of Conduct

Our Values in Action

Caterpillar's Code of Conduct

Our Worldwide Code of Conduct, first published in 1974, defines what we stand for and believe in, documenting the uncompromisingly high ethical standards our company has upheld since its founding in 1925. The Code helps Caterpillar employees put our values and principles into action every day by providing detailed guidance on the behaviors and actions that support our values of Integrity, Excellence, Teamwork, Commitment and Sustainability.

On February 9, 2015, Caterpillar Inc. approved amendments to its Code of Conduct (the "Code"). The Code applies to the daily activities of employees of Caterpillar Inc., its subsidiaries and affiliates worldwide and members of its Board of Directors. Caterpillar Inc. amended the Code to elevate Sustainability as a core Value, clarify, update or enhance certain provisions, and improve readability for employees.

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Cover of Caterpillar's code of conduct booklet with 5 rays for 5 values


Integrity is the foundation of all we do. It is a constant. Those with whom we work, live and serve can rely on us.


The power of Quality. We set and achieve ambitious goals. The quality of our products and services reflects the power and heritage of Caterpillar.


We help each other succeed. We are a team, sharing our unique talents to help those with whom we work, live and serve.


We embrace our responsibilities. Individually and collectively we make meaningful commitments -- first to each other, and then to those with whom we work, live and serve.


We are committed to building a better world. Sustainability is part of who we are and what we do every single day.