On World Water Day (March 22), here’s a look at seven ways Cummins is working to conserve and protect this critical natural resource and educate future generations about its importance.
It’s hard to imagine a way 2016 could have been a better year for the diversity procurement program at Cummins.
In April, the company was recognized by the National Business Inclusion Consortium in its inaugural 2016 NBIC Best-of-the Best Top 30 Corporations for Inclusion.
Cummins released its water conservation goal in 2014 as part of its 2020 Environmental Sustainability Plan, pledging to reduce water use intensity by 33 percent, adjusted by labor hours. As of the third quarter of 2016, the company's water efficiency efforts had resulted in a 42 percent intensity reduction or 18 percent on an absolute basis. Because the Company achieved the initial goal ahead of schedule, it revised its goal to be more aggressive.
“Over the last 11 years, we have seen an impressive shift in societal expectations, aggressive emergence of new laws and regulation and geopolitical swings that can further disrupt the balance,” said Ethisphere CEO Timothy Erblich. “We have also seen how companies honored as the World’s Most Ethical respond to these challenges. They invest in their local communities around the world, embrace strategies of diversity and inclusion and focus on ‘long term-ism’ as a sustainable business advantage.”
The scene should have been picturesque: A stream running through a suburban village near Beijing, China, located not far from two national parks and reservoirs. Except it was anything but idyllic.
A growing population meant many private sewage pipelines discharged waste into the stream. For the 25 million people touched by the local watershed, that meant the increased possibility of waterborne diseases. The sewage disposal also meant that surface water became blocked and soil erosion was prevalent, endangering residents’ homes if a flood came.
For three years in a row, more than 70 percent of Cummins employees have participated in the company’s Every Employee Every Community (EEEC) program, investing more than 400,000 hours in 2016 alone to build stronger communities around the world.
Cummins’ successful Energy Champions initiative, which trained employees to look for ways to save energy in plants, facilities and offices, is evolving into the company’s Environmental Champions program.
“We wanted sites to have a holistic view when reviewing facility projects, not just look through the lens of one media like energy,” said Nichole Morris, Environmental Manager and Cummins’ Water Program leader. “This way, you look at the benefits and the disadvantages of a project with the media of water, waste and energy in mind.”
The partnership, which also includes Peleton Technology, Peterbilt Motors Company, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), is part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Next-Generation Energy Technologies for Connected and Autonomous On-Road Vehicles program, also known as NEXTCAR.
“We look forward to applying our expertise and working with the other partners,” said Ed Hodzen, Director of Advanced Controls Engineering at Cummins. “We can improve our customers’ business through real-time optimization of the powertrain utilizing off-board computational resources.”
The power of that connection is ever present in the company’s Technical Education for Communities (TEC), an education initiative dedicated to expanding technical employment opportunities for disadvantaged students.
For the twelfth straight year, Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) has been awarded a perfect score in the 2017 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation.