"We will get through this." A personal note from Tom Linebarger

Cummins - Tom Linebarger - Employees

"An outbreak like this can be frightening. In times like this, when social distancing and isolation are advised, personal connection - even electronically - is more important than ever..."

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

The COVID-19 pandemic has now touched every corner of the world. We are in uncharted territory, and all of us are having to make changes – big ones – in how we live and work.  

Like many of you, I am concerned about my family, especially my parents who are in the high-risk category. I am also concerned about all of you and about the impact the pandemic is having on our people, our customers and partners, and our communities. My heart and thoughts go out to everyone who has been affected by the coronavirus or the problems created by the pandemic. The impact on people is very significant. 

The impact on the global economy is also large and growing and its significance will not be fully understood for some time. As restaurants, hotels, and businesses of all sizes close their doors, many employees will be unable to earn wages and will soon find themselves experiencing financial challenges. Many of these businesses support our company, our communities and our families, and their employees are people we know personally.

At Cummins, we are doing everything that we can to continue supporting our customers and partners and to keep our business operating so we can support our employees and our communities. Moreover, our products are critical to the economy at this time. We supply primary and backup power to medical facilities, power to data centers and call centers that help keep people connected, engines for ambulances, fire trucks, food and medical delivery vehicles, and so much more. Our service workshops around the world also ensure that these products continue to work when they are needed most.  

I want to sincerely thank those of you who are working at our manufacturing plants, distribution centers, technical centers, and service operations around the world. I have never been more proud of the ways that Cummins employees and products power the world. 

In order to fulfill our mission, we must also ensure the health and safety of all of our people. Given the size and speed of the pandemic, we are working across all areas of our company and with governments, agencies and other groups to make informed decisions and act as quickly as possible. We have cross-functional subject matter experts who are working diligently on a daily basis to address topics from employee health and wellness to customer and supply chain impact. In addition, our senior leaders meet every day to conduct and review global risk assessments, review new information and make the best judgments and decisions we can based on the facts while staying consistent with our company values. 

Many of the countries where we operate have implemented emergency measures to curb the spread of the disease, such as banning and restricting gatherings, closing schools and educational facilities, and strongly encouraging social distancing. We need to follow these mandates and the expert guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control in the USA, the World Health Organization, and other national health institutions on how to minimize the spread of the virus. 

These measures are essential to ensure our global healthcare systems are not overwhelmed so that those who need it most can get the care they need. This guidance requires us to change many of our habits and behaviors, but we must do so for our own health and for those most vulnerable in our communities.

This is a very difficult time. But we will get through this. We will continue to rely on the amazing people and teams in the company to solve problems as they arise. We will provide support to our employees and their families as they face new challenges.And we will continue to care for each other.

I know that an outbreak like this can be frightening.In times like this, when social distancing and isolation are advised, personal connection - even electronically - is more important than ever. Please, reach out to your colleagues and friends via those virtual channels and ask them how they are doing and ask what you can do to help. 

Take care,  

Tom Linebarger

Chairman and CEO | Cummins Inc. 

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.

Ethisphere names Cummins to World’s Most Ethical Companies list

Cummins was named to the World's Most Ethical Companies list for a 14th consecutive year.
Cummins was named to the World's Most Ethical Companies list for a 14th consecutive year.

Cummins has been named to the Ethisphere Institute’s list of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for a 14th consecutive year, joining 134 other companies spanning 22 countries and 47 industries on the 2021 list.

The institute is the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices that fuel corporate character, marketplace trust and business success. Ethisphere has deep expertise in measuring and defining core ethics standards using data-driven insights that help companies enhance corporate character and measure and improve culture.

“While addressing the tough challenges of 2020, we saw companies lead – above all other institutions – on earning the trust of stakeholders through resilience and a commitment to ethics and integrity,” said Ethisphere CEO Timothy Erblich. “The World’s Most Ethical Companies honorees continue to demonstrate an unwavering commitment to the highest values and positively impacting the communities they serve. Congratulations to everyone at Cummins for earning the World’s Most Ethical Companies designation.”

HOW THE LIST WORKS

The companies on the list participated in Ethisphere’s proprietary Ethics Quotient®, the World’s Most Ethical Companies assessment process, which included more than 200 questions on culture, environmental and social practices, ethics and compliance activities, governance, diversity and initiatives to support a strong value chain. The process serves as an operating framework to capture and codify the leading practices of organizations across industries and around the globe.

This year’s question set was expanded to gauge how applicants are adapting and responding to the global health pandemic, environmental, social, and governance factors, safety, equity, and inclusion and social justice.

Cummins was one of four companies honored in the "Automotive" category. Ethics have been an important part of company culture at Cummins from its founding in 1919 to its 100th anniversary in 2019 and on to today. Cummins employees worldwide are required to comply with the company’s Code of Business Conduct, built around 10 fundamental principles.

Cummins’ Ethics and Compliance function reinforces those principles through a host of online training courses ranging from anti-bribery to conflicts of interest and fair competition.

“At Cummins, (employees) are empowered and expected to do the right thing and to ask for help when the right thing is not so clear,” Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger said in the introduction to the Code of Business Conduct.

ANOTHER RECENT HONOR

The World’s Most Ethical Companies list was one of two recent honors the company received. Earlier this month, Cummins was recognized as one of America’s Best Large Employers of 2021. Forbes magazine worked with Statista, a leading provider of market and consumer data, on the ranking. Statista surveyed 38,000 Americans working for businesses with at least 1,000 employees.

The respondents were asked to rate, on a scale of zero to 10, how likely they’d be to recommend their employer to others. Statista then asked respondents to nominate organizations other than their own, as well as identify organizations they would not recommend to others.

Cummins finished No. 127 overall in the rating, which was led by hospitals and universities. In its category of  “Engineering, Manufacturing,” however, the company finished fifth behind only Brunswick, Trane Technologies, Sherwin-Williams and Owens-Illinois. 
 

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 plays key role in producing masks to curtail spread of COVID-19

Employees make masks at the Columbus Engine Plant in Indiana. It is one of three locations making masks for essential Cummins employees around the world.
Employees make masks at the Columbus Engine Plant in Indiana. It is one of three locations making masks for essential Cummins employees around the world.

Cummins used its filter technology to produce 146 metric tons of filtration media for mask manufacturers around the world in 2020, enough to make more than 108 million masks to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

That total includes media the company produced to make masks for its own employees, an initiative starting in June 2020 when Cummins announced it would purchase the necessary equipment to begin mask manufacturing at three sites. Those sites produced about 10 million masks for use companywide in 2020 and continue in operation today.

Mask making at the Columbus Engine Plant.
The mask-making initiative at the Columbus Engine Plant in Indiana produced about 3.5 million masks in 2020 for employee use. Collectively, the company's three mask-making locations produced around 10 million masks in 2020.

“When the pandemic first started, Cummins re-evaluated our supply base and manufacturing capabilities to identify how we could support healthcare professionals and essential workers who rely on critical personal protective equipment to do their jobs,” said Steph Disher, Executive Director of Cummins Filtration, which designs and manufactures filtration products for diesel and natural gas powered equipment.

“It has been an honor to use our technology and workforce to help communities around the world during these challenging times,” she said.

PARTNERING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

The overwhelming majority of the filtration media produced for masks last year went toward the standard masks people are wearing at work, school, shopping and other activities outside their homes. Cummins Filtration, however, also produced media for N95 and KN95 masks.

In addition, the company partnered with 3M to produce 566,000 filters for 3M’s powered air-purifying respirators (PAPRs) used by health care professionals at risk of airborne pathogens. That partnership used equipment typically employed to produce diesel engine filters to manufacture the high-efficiency particulate filters used in 3M’s PAPRs.

It was one of several partnerships resulting in Cummins playing a key role in the production of equipment to help guard against the spread of COVID-19. The company worked with DuPont to address the shortage of N95 respirator masks, using Cummins’ NanoNet® filter media.

And Cummins partnered with the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory on a process converting microfibers into a fabric capable of reducing the spread of viruses, including COVID-19.

“Cummins was an ideal partner to scale what we had accomplished and help us produce material that passed all required testing for filter media,” said Merlin Theodore, Director of the Carbon Fiber Technology Facility at the laboratory.

MASKS FOR EMPLOYEES

As part of the company’s efforts to enhance safety for employees working in essential positions, Cummins reconfigured its plants to allow for social distancing, increased cleaning protocols, implemented health checks upon entry to open facilities and required masks. Early in the pandemic, the company scrambled to find masks for its thousands of employees until deciding to produce its own.

Cummins started mask manufacturing at company plants in Columbus, Indiana (U.S.); San Luis Potosi, Mexico, and Phaltan, India, with each site serving a particular region. Operations started first in Columbus and soon followed at San Luis Potosi and Phaltan. 

The company’s virus prevention efforts have been overwhelmingly successful, with the vast majority of COVID-19 cases involving employees resulting from exposure outside Cummins facilities.

WHAT’S NEXT

The company’s various mask production efforts will continue as long as they make sense to meet demand, Cummins officials say. Hopefully that won’t be too much longer as vaccine distribution has started around the world.

Why is Cummins, a global power leader, so heavily involved in an activity like masks? Cummins believes a company is only as strong as the communities and the world around it. Using the company’s knowhow to help guard against the spread of COVID-19 is merely the latest example in its more than 100-year history of Cummins living its values.
 

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 moves up in Journal’s Management Top 250

The Management Top 250 ranking came amid a number of awards and recognition for the company in the 4th quarter of the year.
The Management Top 250 ranking came amid a number of awards and recognition for the company in the 4th quarter of the year.
Cummins jumped 24 spots in the Wall Street Journal’s most recent Management Top 250, finishing No. 64 in the 2020 ranking of publicly traded U.S. companies developed by the Drucker Institute for the newspaper.

The company finished third in the Automotive/Industrial sector behind Ford (No. 19) and General Motors (No. 46).  

The Drucker Institute is named for the late professor, author and longtime Wall Street Journal Columnist Peter Drucker. The ranking is based on five measures of corporate performance: customer satisfaction, employee engagement and development, innovation, social responsibility and financial strength. The analysis used 33 data inputs provided by 14 third party sources.

COMPANY STRENGTHS

Cummins received five out of five stars on social responsibility and four out of five stars for engagement and development and for innovation. The five areas used by the institute are weighted almost equally in the ranking.  

More than 800 companies were included in the Drucker Institute’s review. Companies had to be part of the Dow Jones U.S. Total Stock Market Index or the S&P Composite 1500 index. Each was assigned scores in the five key areas with a typical range of 0 to 100 and a mean of 50. The scores were then grouped into categories of stars ranging from zero to five. 

Technology firms took eight of the first 10 places in the review led by Microsoft.

OTHER HONORS

The Management Top 250 concludes a successful 4th quarter for Cummins in terms of awards and recognition. Other honors include:

  • Cummins in December was named to Newsweek’s list of America’s Most Responsible Companies for 2021. The company ranked No. 24 overall, and second in the automotive and components category, in the review, produced in partnership with Statista.
  • The company in November was named for a 15th consecutive year to the S&P Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for North America, one of the premier measures of corporate sustainability.
  • Cummins in October was one of 21 companies named a “Culture Champion” by a partnership between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Glassdoor, one of the world’s leading recruiting websites. The company received high marks for creating cultures of integrity and respect and ranked first in the study’s category for promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace culture.
  • Also in October, the company was named to Investor’s Business Daily’s 2020 Best ESG Companies, Environmental Social & Governance list. The company ranked No. 37 on the list, up from No. 48 the previous year.
  • Cummins was also named in October to Forbes’ 2021 Just 100 ranking of America’s Most Just Companies, done in partnership with JUST Capital. Cummins finished No. 99 in the review, which is based in part on a survey of Americans to glean what they want from good corporate citizens. 
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 a “Culture Champion,” praised for diversity efforts

Cummins' efforts at establishing a culture of diversity and inclusion were highly ranked in the new study.
Cummins' efforts at establishing a culture of diversity and inclusion were highly ranked in the new study.

A partnership between a leading university and one of the world’s largest job and recruiting websites has named Cummins a “Culture Champion,” ranking the company first in its review for employers promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace culture.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston (U.S.) and Glassdoor also found Cummins ranked No. 7 for a culture of integrity, where employees “consistently act in an honest and ethical manner,” and No. 18 for a culture of respect, where employees “demonstrate consideration and courtesy for others.”

The Culture 500 study looked at more than 500 employers loosely overlapping the Fortune 500. Just 21 were named “Culture Champions,” representing “the very strongest cultures of large American employers.” MIT researchers analyzed over 1 million employee reviews on Glassdoor, using a groundbreaking artificial intelligence tool developed by an MIT-born company to make sense of employees’ words over nine key cultural values. 

Using this approach, researchers could measure how positively and frequently employees in different companies discussed cultural values, enabling comparisons between the different employers.

CUMMINS DELIVERS ON DIVERSITY

Culture Champion Logo"At a time when many large American employers are struggling to deliver on these values, employees speak about Cummins’ diverse culture 3.2 standard deviations more positively than the average company in the Culture 500," say the study’s authors, Donald Sull, Charles Sull and Andrew Chamberlain.

While pleased by the findings, Cummins Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger says there is more the company can do to create a successful work culture.

“Cummins has been working on diversity and inclusion for many years and it’s ingrained in our corporate values and culture,” Linebarger said, addressing the company’s top ranking in the study. “We have done, I think, some really good things. But there is still much more that we can do and we’re taking aggressive steps to get there. We know that a diversity of people, working styles and ideas is critical to our company’s success.”
 

The study by the MIT Sloan Management Review focused on the values of agility, collaboration, diversity, execution, innovation, integrity, performance and respect.

“A growing body of research by financial economists has shown that a good corporate culture is correlated with high profitability and returns to shareholders,” the study says. “Companies listed among the best places to work based on their corporate culture, for example, delivered nearly 20% higher returns to shareholders than comparable companies over a five-year period.”

AN EMPHASIS ON VALUES

Noting that a separate study identified more than 60 distinct values that companies listed in their corporate values statements, the authors said measuring across dozens of values would be overwhelming. So, they narrowed their list down to nine values they said are cited most frequently in creating great corporate cultures, which they call “the Big Nine.” 

“Culture is often about tradeoffs,” said Donald Sull, the Lead Researcher for the project and a Senior Lecturer at MIT. “But Culture Champions buck this trend, excelling across multiple cultural dimensions at once. They win medals in multiple sports.”

Cummins puts a major emphasis on corporate culture, identifying five key corporate values: integrity, diversity and inclusion, caring, excellence and teamwork. The company has an extensive diversity and inclusion program, including employee resource groups, special conferences for employees from under-represented demographic groups and targeted recruiting initiatives to bring diverse people into the company.

The company’s Ethics and Compliance team also strives to create a just and ethical workplace, the target of Cummins’ Treatment of Each Other at Work policy and training. The company was named in 2020 one of the  World’s Most Ethical Companies for a 13th consecutive year by the Ethisphere Institute, a leader in advancing ethical business practices.

Other companies designated Culture Champions in the MIT-Glassdoor study range from institutional investor BlackRock to media provider Netflix and Trader Joe’s grocery stores.
 

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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