Cummins Employees Set Record Building Stronger Communities Around the World

Cummins employees in Malaysia celebrate bringing solar lighting to a village without electricity.
Cummins employees in Malaysia celebrate bringing solar lighting to a village without electricity.

The solar lights Cummins employees built using discarded plastic bottles will deliver more than illumination for villages without electricity, according to Jason Chong, General Manager of Cummins Sales & Service in Malaysia.

“The most important impact is that they give hope to communities for a brighter future,” Chong said of the initiative that started in August 2017 in the Philippines and continued in November in Malaysia. “It significantly improves the safety environment of rural communities by providing lighting for foot paths and also homes, while removing potential fire hazards, such as traditional kerosene lamps.”

The Cummins’ “Liter of Light” initiative was one of hundreds of community service projects undertaken across the company during a record-setting year for employee engagement in the Every Employee Every Community (EEEC) program.

A best-ever 82.5 percent of eligible employees and contractors – 56,646 people in all – participated in the company’s Corporate Responsibility program in 2017. It’s the third consecutive year EEEC engagement has topped 80 percent for employees and eligible contractors, well above Cummins’ goal of 70 percent participation.

“It’s such an honor to work with so many people dedicated to improving the communities where our employees live and where the company does business,” said Mary Titsworth Chandler, CEO of the Cummins Foundation and the company’s Vice President – Corporate Responsibility. “Building stronger communities is truly aligned with our mission of making people’s lives better by powering a more prosperous world.”

Under the company’s EEEC program, employees can work four hours on community service projects and longer with their supervisors’ approval. Through EEEC, Cummins invests thousands of employee hours in projects around the world.

EEEC initiatives in 2017 included an effort to provide career counseling and guidance to high school students in Ghana, a project to help immigrants in Germany with communications and cultural skills, and a tech literacy program in Indianapolis, Indiana (U.S.A.) that taught computer basics to students at a low-performing school.

The Liter of Light project in Malaysia is unusual in that it covers all three of Cummins’ corporate responsibility priority areas – the environment, education and equality of opportunity.

The project partnered with the non-governmental organization Incitement on the international effort that uses discarded plastic bottles to build the solar lights in communities without electricity. Filling the bottles with a little water and bleach and inserting a bulb inside of a test tube creates a light fixture that can be inexpensively paired with a small panel drawing energy from the sun.

The lights improve the environment by finding a use for the plastic bottles. The project is educational because village residents learn how to build additional lights and make any necessary repairs. And by providing light to guard against everything from fires to wild animal attacks, Liter of Light helps villagers focus on improving their lives and the lives of their families.

The Liter of Light project creates illuminated pathways, enhancing safety in villages without electricity.
Cummins employees install poles for the solar lights.

“The project is really meaningful,” said Johnnie Ang, Cummins Malaysia’s Community Involvement Team leader. “The solar powered lights are simple to build and will help people who really need it.”

To learn more about Cummins’ long history of Corporate Responsibility, click here.


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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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Cummins celebrates Pride month

For decades, Cummins has a history of standing up for what is right, even in the face of adversity. Our leaders championed the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s. We stood up against Apartheid in the 1980s and in 2000 Cummins began offering domestic partner benefits in the U.S., despite opposition.

As an advocate of diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I), Antonio Leitao, Vice President, Europe ABO, shares his perspective on Cummins commitment to helping to make the workplace an inclusive environment for all employees.  

Antonio Leitao, Vice President, Europe ABO
Antonio Leitao, Vice President, Europe ABO

I have always known the value of diversity and inclusion, even from a young age. I was born in Portugal, and as a child I moved to France, where I grew up. I love both countries and cultures dearly; however, I sometimes felt that I didn’t quite fit in. With a different culture and a Portuguese name, I didn’t always feel “accepted”. 

Joining Cummins over 15 years ago, I met and worked with people from all over the world — from all backgrounds — and we felt like one team. 

I realized that at Cummins we can truly embrace our differences as strengths, each bringing something different to the table. Supporting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning (LGBTQ+) community has always been a priority for me. I want to ensure that everyone can bring their true self to work. 

Across the European region, we have been working to support the LGBTQ+ community and encourage allyship. The Europe PRIDE employee resource group is very active, focusing on key initiatives across the region. We are making positive changes, but we have a way to go. 

Cummins Pride Employee Resource Groups
The Pride Employee Resource Group exists to foster a safe, equal and inclusive environment to support and empower LGBTQ+ individuals

I realize the reality and importance of this first-hand: In a prior role in sales, I had an employee on my team who had to travel extensively for his work. He travelled to places such as United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Singapore, and he was about to travel to Morocco, when he broke down and told me he couldn’t go. If he travelled there and he was open about his sexuality as a gay man, he could be imprisoned. 

I felt like I had let him down; we had never openly discussed his sexuality and I was devastated for putting him at risk. After this, I realized the true value of creating safe spaces and allowing colleagues to be free to talk about who they are, and be their true selves, without judgement. 

If I look outside of Cummins, I am encouraged to see that the European Parliament has declared the whole of the European Union as an "LGBTQ+ Freedom Zone". The symbolic resolution was passed in response to local authorities in Poland labelling themselves “LGBTQ+ ideology-free zones” in recent years. The resolution declares that, “LGBTQ+ persons everywhere in the EU should enjoy the freedom to live and publicly show their sexual orientation and gender identity without fear of intolerance, discrimination or persecution.” 

Only by making positive changes inside and outside of Cummins can we hope to make a more inclusive world: A world where we can be our true selves, without judgement and included, no matter who we are.

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Cummins is a global power leader that designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel and alternative fuel engines from 2.8 to 95 liters, diesel and alternative-fueled electrical generator sets from 2.5 to 3,500 kW, as well as related components and technology. Cummins serves its customers through its network of 600 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 7,200 dealer locations in over 190 countries and territories.

Cummins Resident Technician program provides customized knowledge and operational efficiency for Oil & Gas customer

Cummins Resident Technician program provides customized knowledge and operational efficiency for Oil & Gas customer

Cummins Oil & Gas team is supported by Cummins Resident Technician program that offers customers the opportunity to have assigned product technician support for extended time intervals to improve operational and financial efficiency. 

Imagine hiring a personal chef to cook your meals at home. Would you rather have a new chef every time you need dinner made? Sure, maybe this provides the benefit of flexibility and variety. But would it be more valuable to hire the same chef to cook all your meals? This person will know where you live, what time you eat dinner, where you store your pots and pans and even how you like your steak cooked. 

Now trade in your kitchen for a remote service facility supporting oil and gas fields, and your steak dinner for heartily engineered industrial engines. This is the value that the Cummins Resident Technician program provides for customers; a consistent, knowledgeable and customized experience that can’t be obtained with a steady rotation of even the most qualified technicians. 

The Resident Technician program that Cummins offers provides an incomparable amount of value for all parties involved in the exchange. First and foremost, customers gain the customized technical knowledge by having the consistency of one expert Cummins technician at their service for long periods of time. This allows the technician to learn the do’s and don’ts of customers product, they can become familiar with typical issues or unusual failures and they get to know the customer employees and location as if it is their own home base. 

In addition to elevated knowledge and familiarity, there are also financial advantages to the program. Since technicians are assigned to their specific customer, travel times are significantly reduced which affects hourly expenses associated with technical support. There are also opportunities to be more efficient with technician rates due to the long-term commitment of the program. 

Secondly, the expert Cummins technician reaps similar benefits as the customer. Consistency in knowing where you’re headed, what product’s you’re working on and which applications you will be supporting provides peace of mind, in addition to the opportunity to further specialize in knowledge and skillset. 

Finally, Cummins certainly has a skin in the game as well. Having long-term committed assignments for technicians not only provides operational efficiency, but the organization also knows that it is providing high-quality service to its most important stakeholders: customers. On a holistic level, the program provides significant value across the board. 

One of Cummins’ Resident Technicians, Tony Kaminski, has spent most of his career over the last ten years supporting a critical oil and gas customer, Halliburton Company. Tony handles Halliburton’s Cummins products, which primarily include the QSK50 Tier 4 solution for well servicing. Here are some of Tony’s reflections on his experience as a resident technician:

“I feel very loyal to [Halliburton]. I consider them my customer and my responsibility in this portion of the country. I have made a lot of friends here and they treat me very well. [The program] is nice for me because I know where I am going every day and I know what I’m doing… it keeps stress levels lower. 
The customer benefits because if you have somebody that has been with you for a while that knows your equipment very well, you can eliminate callbacks and save time. I have worked in the shop for so long, knowing something as simple as where hardware, hose clamps and fluids are stored saves time as well.”

Cummins Resident Technician program has been a successful venture for Cummins and customers to collaborate for efficiency and expertise. It has cultivated preferred processes and experiences for both customers and technicians that benefit all parties involved. While Cummins can’t promise to cook your steak perfectly, the Resident Technician program can ensure your products are serviced to your customized order. 

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Katie Yoder

Katie Yoder is a Marketing Communications Specialist. She joined Cummins in 2018 as a member of the trade show operations team, but now supports the Marine and Oil & Gas segments’ marketing initiatives. As a University of Wisconsin alumna, Katie spends her free time watching Badger sports.

Cummins Chairman and CEO, Tom Linebarger speaks out following Derek Chauvin verdict

Cummins Chairman and CEO, Tom Linebarger speaks out following Derek Chauvin verdict

Many of us have followed the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was charged with murdering George Floyd in May 2020. While yesterday’s guilty verdict brings a measure of justice for Mr. Floyd’s family, it will not address ongoing systemic racism and violence against Black people across the U.S. 

This violence is an institutional problem and our communities are hurting. We are in the midst of a national reckoning on race, and the many events that led us here are deeply troubling and saddening. I am, however, hopeful that true change is coming. 

I am encouraged by the number of individuals, businesses and other organizations that have come together in the past year to break down barriers in the pursuit of racial equity. These are the priorities of our Cummins Advocating for Racial Equity (CARE) initiative- to enhance transparency and accountability in police governance, reduce the number of Blacks disproportionately affected by the criminal justice system, narrow the economic disparity of Blacks through dedicated investing in Black-owned businesses, and focus on sustainable revitalization of historically Black communities. 

There is still much work to be done. Advocacy efforts, private sector engagement and public discussions must continue in the pursuit of dismantling systems that disproportionately impact Blacks and creating safe communities. As I said last June, we need to work together to root out hate and replace it with a deep and abiding appreciation for diversity, inclusion and everyone’s humanity. 

Our longstanding commitment to civil rights and equity will be the basis of more permanent change. It starts with each of us and we must continue to speak up, speak out and take steps toward the change we want to see.  

Tom Linebarger Chairman and CEO

Tom Linebarger

Tom Linebarger became Chairman and CEO of Cummins Inc., the largest independent maker of diesel engines and related products in the world, on January 1, 2012.  Prior to becoming Chairman and CEO, he served as President and COO from 2008 to 2011, Executive Vice President and President, Power Generation Business from 2003 to 2008, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 2000 to 2003, and Vice President, Supply Chain Management from 1998 to 2000.

"The right to vote is the essence of a democratic society"

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Cummins supports the Business Roundtable’s recent statement on the importance of voting and we agree “the right to vote is the essence of a democratic society.”  

Tom Linebarger, Cummins Chairman and CEO
Tom Linebarger, Chairman and CEO, Cummins Inc. 

We are active in, and support, efforts to advance voter accessibility and to make this fundamental right more broadly available. We are stronger as a nation when more people vote and are engaged in the civic process. We believe efforts to restrict voting access are discriminatory, largely aimed at our Black and brown citizens, and have no place in the inclusive communities we are committed to building.  

We stand today as advocates for inclusion and equity, as we did in 1963 when our then CEO J. Irwin Miller supported Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington.

We have a proud and long history of advocacy for those who are marginalized and oppressed, and we will continue to speak out on their behalf. Diversity, equity and inclusion make our communities stronger and more vibrant. We call on elected officials – at the federal, state and local levels – to advance efforts to provide greater voting access. We also call on leaders of companies and communities in every state around the country to do their part to make it clear that we will not tolerate discriminatory voting practices.

Voting is a core civil rights issue, and we have been engaged in this battle far too long. We will not stop until voting is accessible to all people in our country. Anything less diminishes our democracy. 

Tom Linebarger Chairman and CEO

Tom Linebarger

Tom Linebarger became Chairman and CEO of Cummins Inc., the largest independent maker of diesel engines and related products in the world, on January 1, 2012.  Prior to becoming Chairman and CEO, he served as President and COO from 2008 to 2011, Executive Vice President and President, Power Generation Business from 2003 to 2008, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 2000 to 2003, and Vice President, Supply Chain Management from 1998 to 2000.

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