September 23, 2016
Over the past week, we’ve featured a number of stories focused on Caterpillar’s work and future opportunity in Africa. We’ve also covered our presence at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum in New York City during the 71st session of the UN General Assembly along with nearly 50 heads of state or governments. Many of those same heads of state, including President Obama, will travel to Washington, D.C., this weekend for another significant event – this one celebrating the history and culture of African American life. And, Caterpillar will be there, too.
On Saturday, the National Museum of African American History & Culture will formally open on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. As the newest museum part of the Smithsonian Institution, it will be a place where all can learn about the richness and diversity of the African American experience and how it has helped shaped the United States and the world.
Diversity and inclusion is core to Our Values in Action. To celebrate that commitment, we are proud to be a founding donor of the museum through support from the Caterpillar Foundation. Between 2010-2014, the Foundation provided a grant to support the opening of the museum. In addition to supporting an opportunity to create an inclusive culture that fully engages millions of people, our investment in the museum helps demonstrate our commitment to the communities in which we live and work.
One of our most important diversity and inclusion efforts is supporting our 13 Employee Resource Groups, including the Caterpillar African American Network (CAAN). CAAN is focused on connecting the company to African American insights and experiences to foster innovation and deliver superior business results.
“The opening of the National Museum of African American History & Culture is a wonderful way to recognize the contributions of African Americans to American history,” said Timony Kirkwood, global chair of CAAN and communications representative for Global Power Solutions. “The wealth of knowledge and information the museum will provide is exciting; I can’t wait to share the experience with my family.”
To learn more about the museum and take a virtual tour, click here.