Global Purchasing, Work Tools and CSCL Collaborate to Support Local Migrant School

As a result of collaboration between the Global Purchasing (GP) China team, Caterpillar Work Tools team, Caterpillar (Suzhou) Co., Ltd. (CSCL) human resources team, Suzhou Women & Children Centre and Mudu Central Migrant School (Mudu School), a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) event was held in early July. The event allowed the teams to bring local students continuous interaction and care and bring local teachers more professional teaching methodologies.

The event was initiated by CSCL Site Purchasing Manager Jone Tian and Dennis Tang of Caterpillar Work Tools. The one-week program included two sessions: an interactive English camp event at the school and a "Teaching the Teachers" session at the CSCL facility, both of which had full engagement from teachers and students. Tang and a group of 10 other volunteers traveled from the U.S. at their own expense to bring their knowledge and enthusiasm to collaborate with more than 30 GP China employees to make this CSR event a success.

At Mudu School, the volunteers spent five days with nearly 60 students at the English camp. The theme was "Oh, the Places You'll Go," based on the popular children's book. Activities included English, art and music classes, as well as games. One of the goals was to build more confidence in the students to prepare them for a bright future, regardless of their current circumstances. Every student received one book at the end of the English camp, which were sponsored by people from across the globe.

"I'm very glad and proud to be part of this education and societally sustainable program," said Tian. "At Caterpillar, we believe that the most successful companies will be those that integrate sustainability into their core businesses. Going forward, we will continue to seek opportunities to work together with local partners and enable sustainable progress in China, and all over the world."

At the CSCL facility, a "Teaching the Teachers" session was led by three education professionals, including Agnes Tang, associate professor of curriculum and instructions from Texas A&M University; Brenda Bradley, associate professor of English from McLennan Community College and Shelley Polk, assistant principal from Castleman Creek Elementary School. They shared education methodologies and their personal experiences with the 28 teachers from local migrant schools who participated. This session was critical to ensuring students continue to receive a good education and make progress long after the volunteers leave.

The GP China team initiated the partnership with Mudu School in October 2011 and has conducted a series of events throughout the time since. Caterpillar has sponsored sports equipment, the library and helped the school deploy art education and curriculums. The team is making sustainable progress with the school by collaborating with other Caterpillar teams in the U.S. and in China, and the local organizations and communities. The joint efforts across different business units illustrate Caterpillar's spirit of teamwork while bringing our value to them.