Cummins Employees Support Diversity and Inclusion at Indy Pride Parade

Cummins employees gather before the parade starts in Indianapolis, Indiana (USA).
Cummins employees gather before the parade starts in Indianapolis, Indiana (USA).
Cummins employees made a strong showing Saturday (June 9) at the Indy Pride Parade and Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana (USA), joining a number of other companies in the city demonstrating their support for the LGBTQ+ community as well as diversity and inclusion in general.

The event drew thousands of people downtown on a brilliant sunny day interrupted briefly by a spring storm. Cummins employees are also marching in pride parades in Charleston, South Carolina; Minneapolis, Minnesota and Nashville, Tennessee in the United States as well as Vancouver and Calgary in Canada, Brazil, India and Asia Pacific.

“This is important to me because, first, I’m the co-sponsor of the Pride Affinity Group and it’s a wonderful group that I’m proud to support,” said Thad Ewald, Vice President – Corporate Strategy, shortly before he and the rest of the Cummins’ contingent marched in the Indianapolis parade. “But more importantly it’s a chance to show support for all of our LGBTQ+ employees and the LGBTQ+ community at large. This is just such a great turnout.”

Jasmine O’Conner, Marketing Specialist Sr – Senior Associate MSDP, and the lead organizer of Cummins’ parade involvement in Indianapolis, said about 400 employees signed up to participate in the parade and festival.

“It’s easy to classify the words diversity and inclusion as buzzwords; so many companies are using them nowadays,” said O’Conner, between passing out t-shirts and making sure the Cummins crowd stayed safe under the hot and humid conditions. “So, I’m happy to work for a company that puts actions to those words.”

Jasmine O'Conner at Indy Pride Parade
Jasmine O'Conner revs up the Cummins contingent at the Indy Pride Parade.

O’Conner, a member of her site’s Local Diversity Council, noted that Cummins’ mission, vision and values include both support for diversity and inclusion and a commitment to doing what you say you will do.

“It brings me so much joy to lead our company’s participation in an event that allows employees to celebrate who they are and feel the love and support from their counterparts, friends and family,” she said.

The participants from Cummins ranged from interns to senior leaders. Marchers included Amy Adams, Vice President – Strategic Initiatives; Mark Osowick, Vice President – Human Resources Operations; Jim Schacht, Executive Director – Marine and Oil and Gas Markets; Marina Savelli, Executive Director – Market Intelligence and Strategy, and Ian Kohen, Director of Corporate Responsibility and Diversity & Inclusion for Cummins Engine Business.

“I’m here because I’m a huge ally for the LGBTQ+ community,” said Kohen, who in addition to his work at Cummins serves on the Columbus, Indiana Human Rights Commission. “I’m here to show support for a huge population that hasn’t gotten a lot of support in the past.”

Many in the Cummins’ contingent said they have experienced the benefits of diversity and inclusion first hand and welcomed the chance to demonstrate their support in a fun setting outside of work.

“I’m here with my family because, for one thing, it’s a heck of a lot of fun,” Osowick said. “But the bigger reason is I believe in diversity and inclusion and what better way to show your support for our employees and the LGBTQ+ community than to come to a wonderful event like this. Who wouldn’t want to be part of this?”

The Cummins contingent at the Indy Pride Parade
The Cummins contingent marches at the Indy Pride Parade.


 

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]

 

Addressing the challenges of water scarcity in Peru and the Philippines

Water.org in Phillipines

Cummins Inc. expands on its partnership with Water.org in their quest for communities around the world to have access to sustainable water 

Cummins Inc. has committed to provide communities in Peru and the Philippines with over $500,000 in grants from the Cummins Foundation, empowering residents in acquiring much needed water infrastructure. The company partners with leading water experts and invests and engages in sustainable, large-scale, high-impact water projects around the world as part of its PLANET 2050 environmental strategy.

In support of PLANET 2050, Cummins has a 2030 goal to produce net water benefits that exceed company annual water consumption in all regions Cummins services. In support of these objectives, Cummins Water Works (CWW) was established in 2021 to address the global water crisis. 

When CWW was founded, Cummins immediately partnered with Water.org, the global non-profit organization that works to bring safe, accessible, and cost-effective water and sanitation solutions to the communities that need them the most. According to Water.org, the partnership resulted in providing over 400,000 people in Brazil, India and Mexico access to sustainable water, accounting for almost 200 million gallons of volumetric water benefits, a measure used for assessing the benefits of water stewardship activities and contributions to public policy priorities. 

“The statistics surrounding the severity of the water crisis in the world are unbelievable,” says Scott Saum, Program Manager for Cummins Water Works. “We recently organized a panel discussion with Cummins leadership, Water.org and The Nature Conservancy, another of our key water partner experts, and learned some staggering evidence about water security. The discussion provided valuable insight to our employees of the situation at hand, and it is rewarding to know that our collaboration is making a difference.” 

There are about 785 million people – 1 in 9 – in the world today that lack access to safe water. About 2 billion people – 1 in 3 – lack access to a toilet. Financially, the cost of not having access to clean water and sanitation is about $260 billion per year. In terms of time, every day women and girls spend almost 200 million hours collecting water. The school drop-out rate of young girls is rising, given they are the ones that are helping their mothers daily to secure water for their households. It has also become a crisis in terms of lives lost. Nearly one million people die each year from water, sanitation, and hygiene-related diseases, which could be reduced with access to safe water or sanitation. Safe water availability is critical to the health of families worldwide and needs our immediate attention. 

sink in Peru

With Cummins’ expansion of its philanthropic relationship with Water.org, two additional countries in dire need, Peru and the Philippines, will receive the opportunity for better water accessibility and sanitation solutions. And through Cummins’ Every Employee Every Community (EEEC) program, employees in the respective regions will join in to support the grants. During outreach and advocacy events, EEEC volunteers will raise awareness about the services being offered by Water.org financial partners and encourage more community members to get the help they need. 

Today in the Philippines, 57 million people, out of its overall population of 110 million, lack access to reliable, safely managed drinking water, and 43 million people lack access to safely managed sanitation services. Similarly, with Peru’s population of 32 million, 16 million lack access to safely managed drinking water, while 15 million lack access to safely managed sanitation services.  

The grant from Cummins is anticipated to help 70,940 people gain access to sustainable water and sanitation solutions and generate 79 million gallons of water per year of volumetric water benefits. Through financial partners of Water.org, the grant will empower communities in Peru and the Philippines by providing them affordable financing to obtain the water infrastructure they need to live more prosperous lives. The infrastructure includes taps, toilets, pumps, plumbing and water storage tanks. After a decade and a half, Water.org is proud to celebrate the fact that they, with the help of partners like Cummins, have reached and made a difference in the lives of 48 million people, globally. 

To learn more about Cummins’ efforts to promote water sustainability, visit Cummins Water Works. With this year’s World Water Day on March 22nd, Cummins will be sharing more information about their initiatives underway in support of water scarcity, so stay tuned! 

And don’t forget to read more news about the many other initiatives underway at Cummins by regularly visiting Cummins Newsroom.  
 
Image: Peru: Liliana uses her new sink to wash up before preparing tea. Source: Water.org 
Image: Philippines: A Philippine woman with WaterCredit funded water connection used funds to upgrade from an old hand pump to a mechanical pump with a tank. Source: Water.org 

Tamra Knudsen smiling

Tamra Knudsen

Tamra Knudsen is a Brand Journalist for Cummins with extensive experience in the Capital Goods sector, serving over 20 years in various corporate communications roles. She began her career in accounting, moving into numerous positions within finance, marketing and administration, until she discovered her niche in the field of communications. Her passion is to create transparent and meaningful content that educates, informs and engages readers on a variety of topics for both external and internal audiences. 

Tamra graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Parkside, with a BS in Business Administration and Management.

Powering Education

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Cummins TEC opens second training program in Nigeria 

Businesses around the world are experiencing a shortage of technical workers, and since 2012 Cummins has been committed to combatting the challenge by training low-income youth in employable technical skills through the company’s Technical Education in Communities (TEC) program. 
 
Ten years after the program’s launch, Cummins, through its Nigerian subsidiary Cummins West Africa Ltd., has launched the second phase of its TEC training program in Nigeria, furthering Cummins’ impact on education in global communities. 
 
Joining the country’s first TEC location in Lagos, the John Bosco Institute of Technology (JOBITECH), in Obosi, Anambra State, was selected by Cummins to partner in its efforts of providing world class learning environments for students to access quality technical education. 

Memorable launch event

At the launch event held earlier this year, officials from Cummins, JOBITECH, and the business community, along with enthusiastic students, gathered to commemorate the special occasion. 
 
“In an era where young people are unskilled, it is very possible to have a future generation despondent with a penchant for a life of frivolity,” said Thierry Pimi, Vice President and Managing Director, Cummins Africa-Middle East Area Business Organization. “In a bid to ensure we grow a meaningful future generation, we need to invest using a market relevant curriculum to equip our youth with employable skills and capability to find employment or run their own businesses in the engineering space.” 
 
With education as a strategic priority of Cummins’ Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, Cummins TEC was introduced in 2012 and has since expanded to 27 locations globally. Its mission is to train disadvantaged youth in technical skills to connect them to good jobs in their communities and industry at large. To date, the program has achieved an 83 percent graduation rate with more than 2,000 graduates globally. Approximately 72 percent of graduates gained employment within six months. 
 
“Giving back is who we are! When we go into a society or community to do business, it is not about taking, we seek opportunities to empower and enrich the people within that community,” said Okechi Igwebuike, Managing Director, Cummins West Africa Ltd., reiterating Cummins’ commitment to caring. He further mentioned that “no one can say they did it alone” re-emphasizing collaboration and partnership as the core driver of sustainable impact of the TEC program across the globe. 
 
Cummins’ TEC program equips post-secondary technical institutions with the capacity to deliver quality technical education in partnership with government, industry, and not-for-profit organizations. Offering a market-relevant curriculum, tools and equipment, teacher training, career guidance, internship and work placement, Cummins TEC increases the availability of multi-skilled technicians, improves access to good jobs, and ultimately drives industrial growth in communities, with a key focus on increasing female representation in technical fields. 
 
Ifeyinwa Alex-Anene, TEC Project Manager, Cummins West Africa Ltd., referenced the project as a transformational experience that completely changes the trajectory of students who come into the program seeking a better future.   
 
During the launch, representatives from the institute and business community extended their appreciation to Cummins for its partnership with JOBITECH and challenged industries in the region to invest in such ventures that will have a positive long-term effect on society. 

Thierry Pimi speaking at event
Thierry Pimi, VP & Managing Director, Africa-Middle East ABO

Appreciating the educational opportunities 

A scholarship beneficiary of JOBITECH, Anastasia Ukamaka, shared her thoughts about the value of the program and emphasized the urgent need for more females from the community to have access to such opportunities. “Cummins TEC has provided me with an invaluable technical skillset,” said Ukamaka. “I am looking forward to being able to make an impact with what I have learned, and I look forward to more women having a similar opportunity to enhance their technical knowledge.” 
 
A video scorecard of Cummins TEC in Lagos was shared, featuring recent graduates who have successfully transitioned into highly-skilled technician roles in various industries, including Cummins West Africa Ltd. 
 
Guests had the opportunity to witness the official commissioning of the newly refurbished mechanical and electrical workshops. And, as part of its support to the school, Cummins West Africa Ltd. donated tools, equipment, and several of Cummins 3.8L engines, backed by ongoing teacher training and development. 
 
The launch program was anchored by Mark Oni-Okeke, General Manager, Power Generation, Cummins West Africa Ltd., who also expressed gratitude to Cummins. “TEC is one of the many examples of how Cummins is dedicated to giving back to communities. The company has even created a platform where every employee can contribute at least four hours, during workdays, each year to community development initiatives around the world.” 
 
If you or others you know have a passion for technology and want to be part of an organization that values corporate social responsibility, learn more about Cummins and check out our careers site

TEC students
TEC students
Tamra Knudsen smiling

Tamra Knudsen

Tamra Knudsen is a Brand Journalist for Cummins with extensive experience in the Capital Goods sector, serving over 20 years in various corporate communications roles. She began her career in accounting, moving into numerous positions within finance, marketing and administration, until she discovered her niche in the field of communications. Her passion is to create transparent and meaningful content that educates, informs and engages readers on a variety of topics for both external and internal audiences. 

Tamra graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Parkside, with a BS in Business Administration and Management.

Cummins named to prestigious world ESG index for second year in a row

A Cummins concept hydrogen fuel cell truck,

Cummins Inc. has been named to the prestigious S&P Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for a second consecutive year, scoring in the 98th percentile in the 2022 review.

The global power leader joined 34 other companies from 19 different countries receiving the honor Dec. 9 in the capital goods sector. The company was also named to the S&P Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index for a 16th consecutive year.

“It is very gratifying to have our efforts in the areas of the environment, social and governance recognized and to know that investors believe they are important elements of Cummins’ story,” said Karen Cecil, the company's Director of Global Environmental Sustainability. “These efforts are part of Cummins’ core values and mission to power a more prosperous world.

“I’m especially proud of the 60,000 employees who work every day to envision what’s possible and identify sustainable solutions to go further, faster,” Cecil added. 

A COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW

S&P Global, the world’s largest market index provider, says a record 1,728 companies eligible for selection into one of S&P Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes participated in the review in 2022, an increase of 9% over 2021. The initiative reviewed an estimated 13.4 million data points to arrive at its 2022 indexes.

S&P Dow Jones official logo“Last year, more companies than ever participated in S&P Global’s Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA),” said President and CEO Douglas Peterson in a report accompanying the release of the indexes. “The CSA forms the backbone of the research on which this report is based. We thank the companies that participated in this process, demonstrating their ongoing commitment to transparency about their ESG performance.”

Unlike ESG datasets that rely only on publicly available information, S&P Dow Jones says its review is based on a combination of company disclosures via an exhaustive survey as well as media coverage of the companies reviewed and stakeholder analysis. 

The world sustainability index was first launched in 1999, making it one of the oldest sustainability/ESG (environmental, social and governance) rankings.

Cummins last made the S&P Dow Jones world sustainability index in 2013 before returning to the list in 2021 and now 2022. The company is committed to playing a leadership role on the global effort to reduce carbon emissions while also initiating programs to promote gender equity around the world and address institutional racism in the United States.

The rating from S&P Dow Jones follows an upgrade last month to AAA, the highest rating possible, in Cummins’ MSCI (Morgan Stanley Capital International) ESG ratings. Earlier in the year, the company received a 2022 gold medal for sustainability achievement from EcoVadis, a leading provider of business sustainability ratings, and a “Low Risk” ESG Risk Rating from Sustainalytics, a global leader in ESG research and data. 

MANAGEMENT TOP 250 RANKING

In another sustainability related ranking released over the weekend, Cummins tied with the American Express Co. for No. 63  in The Wall Street Journal’s 2022 Management Top 250 ranking. Cummins improved 16 places from the company’s No. 79 ranking in 2021. 

The ranking evaluates America’s largest publicly traded companies in five key areas – customer satisfaction, employee engagement and development, innovation, social responsibility, and financial strength – to come up with an effectiveness score. 

The ranking is prepared for the newspaper by The Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University. It is based on the principles of Peter F. Drucker (1909-2005), a management consultant, educator and author, who wrote a monthly column at The Wall Street Journal for some two decades.
 

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’ ESG efforts lauded in multiple ways as 2022 draws to a close

Cummins employees at the Columbus Engine Plant unload waste paint at a community recycling day at the plant earlier this year.

Cummins Inc. is ending the final quarter of the year with a flurry of awards and recognition for the company’s work on sustainability and ESG excellence.

The global power technology leader, for example, recently saw its ESG Rating from MSCI upgraded from AA a year ago to AAA last month, the highest rating possible. MSCI stands for Morgan Stanley Capital International. The firm is a leading provider of support tools and services for the investment community.

MSCI said the upgrade was driven by the presence of new members on the Board of Directors, strong workforce management and health and safety programs, as well as efforts to reduce waste and emissions at plants and facilities.

The MSCI ratings upgrade followed other strong ratings for environmental, social and governance excellence earlier in 2022, including a gold medal for sustainability achievement from EcoVadis, a leading provider of business sustainability ratings, and a “Low Risk” ESG Risk Rating from Sustainalytics, a global leader in ESG research and data. 

ENLIGHTENED LEADERSHIP

Also in November, Cummins received the Frost & Sullivan Institute’s Enlightened Growth Leadership Best Practices Award for its work on climate action and other sustainability issues.

The award goes to companies at the forefront of “Innovation to Zero,” a phrase first coined by Bill Gates to describe innovation to achieve zero emissions. The institute says it recognizes companies “moving the world in the right direction.”

“We identify companies that demonstrate the commitment to embrace emerging technologies and protocols and generate opportunities for all while sustaining continued growth and highlighting best practices for sustainable development,” said David Frigstad, Chairman, Frost & Sullivan and the Frost & Sullivan Institute.

Frost & Sullivan is a leading global market research company, offering growth strategy consulting and corporate training. The award was announced Nov. 11. This is the second consecutive year Cummins has received the award.

“With a mission to build a more prosperous world with cleaner air, adequate water supplies, less waste and reduced levels of heat-trapping greenhouse gases, Cummins Inc. strives toward sustainability goals through outstanding initiatives to promote greater social and environmental responsibility,” the institute said in announcing the award.

INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY

In October, the company was named to Investor’s Business Daily’s fourth annual 100 Best ESG Companies list for 2022. 

Cummins finished No. 27 in the 2022 rating, which was based on the company’s environmental, social and governance score from the S&P Dow Jones Sustainability Indices along with a review of publicly available data and media coverage of each company.

“In the rough and tumble stock market of 2022, the top companies on our list stand strong,” the publication said in announcing its list Oct. 24. “They maintained their commitment to ESG in a punishing economic environment, and still delivered notable financial performance when compared to other companies.”

Cummins is committed to playing a leadership role on the global effort to reduce carbon emissions while also initiating programs to promote gender equity around the world and address institutional racism in the United States.
 

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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