Cummins Joins Prestigious Advocate for Supplier Diversity

Cummins joins a prestigious group of leading global businesses.

Cummins is joining the likes of AT&T, Boeing, General Motors and Wal-Mart with its induction into the Billion Dollar Roundtable, a prestigious advocate for best practices in corporate supplier diversity.

“Cummins is honored and excited to be inducted into the Billion Dollar Roundtable for our commitment to diversity and inclusion and the work we do with our global supplier partners,” said Cummins Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger. “A diverse supply chain enables us to meet the cost, quality and delivery expectations of our stakeholders worldwide, and allows us to foster innovation and economic development in the communities where we live and work.”

The induction took place on Aug. 17 during the Roundtable’s Summit in Atlanta, Georgia (U.S.A.). Cummins was inducted along with the Lear Corp., a leading supplier of automotive seating and electrical systems. The two companies are only the 21st and 22nd members of the Roundtable.

Cummins Billion Dollar Roundtable 2016 - Michelle Taylor Michelle Taylor, Diversity Procurement Director at Cummins, speaks before the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

 

 

Members have attained $1 billion or more in annual spending with primary (Tier I) women- and minority-owned suppliers. Members must also complete an 18-month long mentorship with an existing corporation in the Roundtable and an independent audit before joining the organization.

“The Billion Dollar Roundtable has been a longtime goal on the diversity procurement journey for Cummins,” said Michelle Taylor, Diversity Procurement Director at the company. “It’s a tremendous honor to be matched with such distinguished companies.”

Cummins spent $1.3 billion with diverse suppliers in the U.S. in 2015, up from $1.2 billion the previous year, despite challenging economic times. The company maintains that doing business with diverse suppliers helps ensure competition for the company’s business, ultimately reducing costs and improving service.

At the same time, diversity procurement helps develop economic growth in all the communities where Cummins employees live and work, consistent with the company’s Corporate Responsibility Value, to “serve and improve the communities in which we live.”

Billion Dollar Roundtable 2016 Induction Ceremony Cummins leaders join leaders from the Billion Dollar Roundtable for the induction ceremony Aug. 17 in Atlanta, Georgia (U.S.A.).

 

 

Cummins’ mentor for the Roundtable was General Motors. The company also received support from the FCA Group (Fiat Chrysler Group), a Cummins customer. The company supplies engines to the FCA Group’s RAM pickup trucks.

Taylor said she looks forward to learning from members of the Roundtable.

“It feels very good to know I can pick up the phone and share best practices with the caliber of companies included on the Roundtable,” she said.

blair claflin director of sustainability communications

Blair Claflin

Blair Claflin is the Director of Sustainability Communications for Cummins Inc. Blair joined the Company in 2008 as the Diversity Communications Director. Blair comes from a newspaper background. He worked previously for the Indianapolis Star (2002-2008) and for the Des Moines Register (1997-2002) prior to that. [email protected]

Cummins Named to Key Sustainability Index for a 13th Consecutive Year

Remanufacturing centers like the one in Memphis, Tennessee (USA), return Cummins’ engines and parts to productive use, keeping them out of landfills. In addition, the practice saves the energy needed to build new products.
Remanufacturing centers like the one in Memphis, Tennessee (USA), return Cummins’ engines and parts to productive use, keeping them out of landfills. In addition, the practice saves the energy needed to build new products.

Cummins has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability North American Index for a 13th consecutive year, missing the minimum score for inclusion on its world index by a single point.

The index is one of the most prestigious sustainability rankings in the world. Participating companies must complete an exhaustive self-assessment supported by publicly available data covering a wide range of areas including the environment, governance, ethics, safety, innovation, customer support, human rights, and philanthropy and community service.

“Sustainability for Cummins is about making sure that we do our business in a more effective and more efficient way,” Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger said in a recent interview for the Business Roundtable, a group of business leaders dedicated to playing an active role in the formation of public policy. “We want to make sure that as we continue to give power to people around the world, we do it by consuming and impacting the world less.

 

 

“This challenge, meeting the sustainability needs of our planet while continuing to grow our economy, is the challenge of our age,” he added, "and Cummins is facing this head on.”

Cummins’ consistently high ranking in the Dow Jones sustainability index for North America reflects its commitment to sustainability. In 2018, the company saw major gains in the scoring of its answers for human rights (the company adopted a new human rights policy late in 2017) as well for its strategy for emerging markets, operational eco-efficiency and corporate citizenship.

Launched in 1999, the Dow Jones sustainability index is based on an analysis by RobecoSAM, an investment group focused exclusively on sustainability investing for more than 20 years. It says the number of companies submitting surveys for review has consistently grown over time, increasing 5 percent alone in 2018. RobecoSAM says that’s evidence of the growing importance of sustainability as a key investment factor. 

Cummins has also done well in other recent sustainability and environmental surveys and rankings. The company finished 25th in Newsweek’s 2017 Green Ranking of U.S. companies, 45th on the Forbes-Just Capital list of the Just 100: America’s Best Corporate Citizens in 2017 and 60th in Barron’s first-ever list of America’s 100 Most Sustainable Companies, announced earlier this year.

blair claflin director of sustainability communications

Blair Claflin

Blair Claflin is the Director of Sustainability Communications for Cummins Inc. Blair joined the Company in 2008 as the Diversity Communications Director. Blair comes from a newspaper background. He worked previously for the Indianapolis Star (2002-2008) and for the Des Moines Register (1997-2002) prior to that. [email protected]

New Center is Next Step in Cummins’ Innovation Efforts

Vice President and Chief Technical Officer Jennifer Rumsey leads a tour at the new Cummins Machine Integration Center.
Vice President and Chief Technical Officer Jennifer Rumsey leads a tour at the new Cummins Machine Integration Center.

Cummins officials today (Sept. 18, 2018) dedicated a state-of-the-art integration center designed to test the integration of company products and concepts into customer trucks and other equipment.

The new Cummins Machine Integration Center in Columbus, Indiana (USA), is capable of testing a variety of powertrains, including electrified power, and represents another significant step in the company’s efforts to enhance innovation across a broad portfolio of power options.

“This facility is already a key tool in our toolbox as we work to provide turn-key machine integration solutions for our global customers,” said Jennifer Rumsey, Vice President and Chief Technical Officer at Cummins. “In addition, we can showcase our global integration technology leadership and provide an enhanced workspace for our employees who will have new opportunities to develop their skills and capabilities.”

The new center replaces a crowded facility in Columbus that was retrofitted for the same kind of work. The new center is larger, with room for 60 to 70 trucks on the site, and includes 16 dedicated service bays, a fabrication shop, an instrumentation lab, a parts inventory and a powertrain integration area. Everything is laid out for the greatest possible efficiency, including making it easier to pick up materials for recycling.

The new center has room for 60 or 70 trucks on site and includes 16 dedicated service bays.
The new center has room for 70 trucks on site and has 16 dedicated service bays.

PERFECTLY ALIGNED

The center is perfectly aligned with the company’s goal of offering customers a range of dependable power solutions, including clean diesel, natural gas, and hybrid and fully electric powertrains. It has a dedicated space just for electrification work, with limited access to ensure only those with the appropriate safety training can enter.

The new building also has office space for about 45 employees and plenty of collaborative working space for visiting employees from nearby Cummins facilities who might have business at the center. Finally, the new center has room for expansion as critical technologies are identified and incorporated into Cummins products.

Dedication of Cummins Machine Integration Center
A crowd of elected officials, the media and Cummins employees attended today's dedication and toured the facility.

A BUILDING WITH A PURPOSE

A lot of the center’s work will be dedicated to figuring out the best way to integrate Cummins’ engines and other products into customers’ machines. Cummins is an independent engine manufacturer so a lot of the company’s products are sold to customers who build trucks and other equipment. The company wants to be a partner in its customers’ success so product integration is critical.

But there will also be “real world” testing going on at the center into the concepts the company is exploring for possible use in the future.

Photo from the Cummins Machine Integration Center Opening
It's been a busy year for innovation at Cummins, as the company looks to continue as the industry leader in its field.

A BUSY YEAR FOR INNOVATION

The center is merely the latest step in the company’s innovation efforts over the past year. Cummins acquired several companies to enhance its electrification efforts. It opened a new technical center in India in March and celebrated the 50th anniversary of its technical center in Columbus in October of 2017.
 

blair claflin director of sustainability communications

Blair Claflin

Blair Claflin is the Director of Sustainability Communications for Cummins Inc. Blair joined the Company in 2008 as the Diversity Communications Director. Blair comes from a newspaper background. He worked previously for the Indianapolis Star (2002-2008) and for the Des Moines Register (1997-2002) prior to that. [email protected]

In NASCAR, this Job is Never Truly Done, but the Hauler Driver can Always Count on Cummins

The hauler containing Clint Bowyer’s No. 14 Ford depends on a Cummins engine to get the NASCAR team to its next race.
The hauler containing Clint Bowyer’s No. 14 Ford depends on a Cummins engine to get the NASCAR team to its next race.

When Bill “Stump” Lewis pulls the hauler containing Clint Bowyer’s No. 14 Ford into the next track on the NASCAR circuit, he knows there’s a pretty good chance he’ll never see the actual race. 

Lewis is usually busy packing the Cummins powered tractor-trailer during a race to get back on the road as quickly as possible after the checkered flag falls.

Every second counts, both on and off the track, for Bowyer’s team, which is sponsored in part by Cummins in 2018. It’s just part of the job, says Lewis, who has been doing this kind of work for more than 20 years. 

“Sometimes I don’t even know who won the race,” he said with a laugh, taking a short break from his duties for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) earlier this season at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan (USA).

It’s OK, the affable Lewis says, driving the truck is still one of his favorite parts of the job.

FIRST IN, LAST OUT

Hauler drivers are typically the first to arrive at a track for a NASCAR team and often the last to leave. Some say they have the toughest job on the circuit and that’s easy to understand listening to Lewis describe his typical week during the season.

It starts at the SHR garage in Kannapolis, North Carolina (USA), where Lewis gets everything loaded into the hauler – including two cars, nearly enough parts to build another, tools of all sort, and the electronic equipment used to evaluate a car’s performance on the track. Lewis is even in charge of the snacks served in the team break room inside the hauler – which usually means he makes a trip to the grocery store before leaving town.

By the time the hauler hits the road, it’s filled either at or near the legal limit – 80,000 pounds. When he gets to the track, Lewis’ work is just beginning. He gets everything out and positioned, so the crew can get right to work the minute they arrive on site. Even at 66, Lewis can run circles around many of his younger peers on the NASCAR circuit.

Rendering of Cummins car for key races
For select races, the Cummins logo will appear on the hood of Clint Bowyer’s No. 14 Ford for Stewart-Haas racing.

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE HAULER

It’s a tough job, agrees Gary “Bear” Geissman, who is the fleet manager for SHR and has been involved in the racing transportation business in various capacities for some 40 years. He oversees all of the team’s haulers and 16 to 18 drivers. Sometimes more than one driver is needed if a trip takes more than the legal time limit before a driver must rest.

The SHR team’s haulers are usually on the road for more than 220 days a year, each covering about 70,000 miles annually, crisscrossing the United States under all kinds of driving conditions. There are seldom any “empty miles” that other truck drivers experience heading home after a delivery.

Keeping the haulers clean and in top condition is paramount. First, they each carry about $1.5 million worth of equipment, Geissman said. If that weren’t enough, the haulers amount to rolling billboards for teams and their partners. 

In certain locations, the haulers even have their own rabid fans. After NASCAR’s stop at Watkins Glen International in upstate New York, Lewis said people were lined up for miles on the sides of the road to see the haulers head south into Pennsylvania.

Photo of the Stewart Haas Hauler in Bristol
The Stewart-Haas hauler at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee (USA) earlier this year.

THE CUMMINS DIFFERENCE

Nobody wants to get stuck by the side of the road, the drivers of a stock car hauler perhaps least of all. They know a race has never been delayed or cancelled because someone’s hauler had engine trouble getting to the track.

Lewis says torque and dependability are key to getting his job done and Bowyer’s hauler has had a 600-horsepower heavy duty Cummins engine for about three years. 

“We are at maximum load with our trucks,” said Geissman, who’s worked with Cummins engines for most of his career. “With a Cummins engine we get the power we need to pull all of our equipment. We can get up to and stay at the speed limit, and our Cummins engines are really good on fuel, too. ”

Hauler drivers have enough to worry about. They shouldn’t have to worry about their engines, too. 
 

The Cummins’ name debuted on the No. 14 Ford of driver Clint Bowyer at the Aug. 18 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. Cummins will return to Bowyer’s car for the Oct. 14 race at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. To follow Bowyer’s efforts, check out the Stewart-Haas Racing website or follow the team’s social media platforms on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

blair claflin director of sustainability communications

Blair Claflin

Blair Claflin is the Director of Sustainability Communications for Cummins Inc. Blair joined the Company in 2008 as the Diversity Communications Director. Blair comes from a newspaper background. He worked previously for the Indianapolis Star (2002-2008) and for the Des Moines Register (1997-2002) prior to that. [email protected]

Cummins Joins Council Promoting Hydrogen as a Future Energy Source

Cummins' membership in the Hydrogen Council will support the company's efforts to develop its capacity with alternative forms of energy.
Cummins' membership in the Hydrogen Council will support the company's efforts to develop its capacity with alternative forms of energy.


Cummins has joined the Hydrogen Council, a global coalition exploring and promoting hydrogen as a clean energy source to help meet the world’s climate challenges.


The company is one of eight new members joining the council’s steering committee, the group announced today (Sept. 5, 2018) in Brussels, Belgium. An additional six entities joined as supporting level members.

“Over the last 18 months we have brought together a critical mass of members, laid out a clear path forward to realize a global scale up of hydrogen in our ‘Hydrogen, Scaling Up’ study and fostered new actions with governments around the world,” said Dr. Woong-Chul Yang, vice chairman of the Hyundai Motor Company and co-chair of the Hydrogen Council. “There is more to come – look out for more exciting announcements from the council as we come together during the Global Climate Action Summit next week.”

Today’s announcement is the latest development in Cummins’ efforts to explore and support the use of low-carbon energy sources to help address global climate challenges.

The company has been working quickly to develop its own capabilities in electrification, establishing a new Electrified Power business segment in 2018. Leaders have pledged to have an electric powertrain system for the urban bus market by the end of 2019.

Cummins recently acquired several companies to help the company develop its expertise in electrification including Silicon Valley (USA)-based Efficient Drivetrains, Inc., which designs and produces hybrid and fully-electric power solutions for commercial markets, Oregon (USA)-based Brammo, which designs and develops battery packs for mobile and stationary applications and U.K.-based Johnson Matthey, a high-energy automotive battery business.

In addition, Cummins announced in 2017 it was partnering with Microsoft to study the use of natural gas-powered fuel cells as an energy source for datacenters, potentially allowing them to unplug from the grid.

Cummins wants to offer its customers a broad portfolio of clean power options, including clean diesel, natural gas and electrification, to help them best meet their sustainability goals.

The company has also been working to diversify its own use of energy. Cummins last month celebrated the start of construction at a northwest Indiana wind farm it is supporting through a financial arrangement called a virtual power purchase agreement. The expansion, when it comes fully on line in 2019, will produce energy equal to all of the electricity the company uses in its headquarters state of Indiana (USA).

The Hydrogen Council now has 53 companies within its membership, including Daimler, General Motors, Toyota, Honda, 3M, Airbus and Royal Dutch Shell. The group has more than quadrupled in size since launching at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, 18 months ago. Today’s announcement comes ahead of the Council’s next annual CEO meeting, which will take place during the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, California (USA) next week. 

The council shares the joint vision of hydrogen potentially averting 6 gigatonnes (Gt) of carbon dioxide (CO2), creating a $2.5 trillion market that will provide employment for more than 30 million people by the middle of the century.

Hydrogen is currently being used on a limited basis as a source of energy in fuel cells powering cars. It still faces technical challenges regarding its production, transportation and distribution.
 

blair claflin director of sustainability communications

Blair Claflin

Blair Claflin is the Director of Sustainability Communications for Cummins Inc. Blair joined the Company in 2008 as the Diversity Communications Director. Blair comes from a newspaper background. He worked previously for the Indianapolis Star (2002-2008) and for the Des Moines Register (1997-2002) prior to that. [email protected]

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