Diversity & Inclusion
A diverse culture is critical to our success. We welcome multiple viewpoints and voices, and we embrace the diverse perspectives of all people and honor both with dignity and respect. Diversity is a business imperative as we look to enter new markets in an increasingly diverse and global marketplace.
Our 'Business Case for Diversity' establishes four goals to leverage the greatest benefit from our diverse workforce.
- Create a workplace population with representation similar to the markets in which Cummins operates.
- Demand that our workplace is safe and inclusive for all individuals and organizations.
- Develop a collective behavior that encourages all individuals and employees to use their talents.
- Capitalize on a diverse workforce to enhance our competitive position in the marketplace.
Recognition and Awards
Cummins has won numerous awards for our diversity and inclusion initiatives:
- Diversity Inc.
- Corporate Citizens
- Best Places to Work for LGBT Equlity
- In 2010, Cummins was named to DiversityInc's List of the Top 50 Companies for Diversity for the fourth consecutive year. The Company finished 26th on the 2010 list compared to 42nd in 2009.
- In 2010, Cummins also received a perfect rating for a sixth consecutive year from The Human Rights Campaign, the largest U.S. advocacy group for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees as part of its Best Places to Work initiative.
- In 2010, we were one of 18 companies named Bravo Award winner by the U.S. Hispanic Advocacy Assoc. (USHAA) for our commitment to best practices in workplace and supplier diversity.
To learn about more of our achievements in diversity, see our Sustainability Report.
To ensure the right environment for success, we work with more than 100 employee resource groups located around the world. The company has more than 30 Affinity Groups that are employee-led and corporate-supported. They are organized around a defined diversity characteristic such as race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, as well as other themes such as people with disabilities, veterans, and employees with under 5 years service.
Cummins also has more than 60 Local Diversity Councils around the world. They are formed to foster the "right environment" for all employees within a specific business, region, or location. These councils work to improve and leverage diversity as a core component of the business' strategy.
History of Inclusion
Cummins has a long history of embracing diverse perspectives and people dating back to the visionary leadership of J. Irwin Miller and continues through our current CEO, Tom Linebarger.
"As a world company, this is one family." Miller said at the Company's 50th Anniversary celebration in 1969. "And as such, we know no national boundaries. We know no racial boundaries. And a person can rise in this company from any part of the world on their own merits."
Mr. Miller supported the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 1963 Civil Rights march on Washington D.C. while leading the National Council of Churches. He is also responsible for many diversity milestones:
- Cummins' first African-American Board of Directors member, the Ford Foundation's Frank Thomas, in 1971. He served on our Board for 31 years.
- Cummins' first woman Board member, former University of Chicago President, Hannah Grey. She served from 1977 to 2002.
- Our most prolific inventor, Dr. Julius Perr, joined us in 1958 from a refugee camp in Austria after he fled Communist Hungary. He contributed to fuel systems and engine design as the inventor or co-inventor on 80 U.S. patents.
- Cummins' most honored researcher and the world’s foremost authority on combustion, Dr. Alyn Lyn. He was hired by Mr. Miller and played a critical role in helping establish operations in his native China.
Vision & Values
Our employees are on the cutting edge in every aspect of their jobs—from the technology we use to build our products to the processes we use to design, test and market them. We're also advanced in the way we partner with organizations around the world—whether we're growing our business or growing our communities in an environmentally responsible way.
Every year, Cummins devotes over 70,000 hours of paid employee time to community projects as part of the Every Employee, Every Community program.
We've also done a significant amount of good work for the Columbus, IN region, the birthplace and corporate headquarters of Cummins. This includes many projects organized by our community involvement team. Our socially active employees have built homes for Habitat for Humanity, gotten Christmas presents for children in low-income areas, sent care packages for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and cleaned up the community after a massive flood in 2008.