Indy Racial Equity Pledge

Cummins

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OUR PLEDGE TO THE COMMUNITY

At Cummins, we have a long history of advocating for social justice. We always stand for our values and doing the right thing- privately or publicly. We recognize that if we are going to advance as a company and a community, WE must be the force for change. And so, Cummins will continue to demand racial justice and to drive the change in our communities so that all people may advance and achieve.

PLEDGE 1

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We will ensure the inclusion of Black people and other people of color at all levels of our organization.

Focus Areas: Workplace, Prosperity

Cummins will commit to increasing representation of Black people in every level of our company. We foster courageous conversations about race and unconscious bias and will work to improve managers’ understanding and competency in leading these conversations. We have fast-tracked a targeted health and wellness strategy addressing chronic illnesses faced by Black employees, including broadening access to health care.

PROGRESS

2021

Following the killings of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Tom Linebarger, Chairman and CEO, communicated an urgent need for us to work together to root out hate and replace it with a deep and abiding appreciation for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I). As a part of this journey, Cummins encouraged us to have courageous conversations with each other about race and unconscious bias by launching "Bold, Inclusive Conversations about Race" designed to support dialogues across difference. Over 200 senior leaders have completed this training, and an additional 200 leaders are in process of a 4-part series.

Cummins increased representation of Black people at every level of our company starting with our Board of Directors adding Carla Harris and Kimberly Nelson. This increased board representation from 10 to 25 percent. At director and above level, we increased representation by 14 percent.

PLEDGE 2

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We will engage with criminal justice and law enforcement agencies.

Focus Areas: Criminal Justice

Cummins will advocate for efforts to improve engagement between law enforcement and all members of the community, especially our Black community. We will support initiatives that enhance accountability structures, review use-of-force policies, and promote a culture of diversity and inclusion in police forces around the country.

PROGRESS

2021

In addition to serving on the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee, Cummins joined efforts to form the Indiana Business and Community Partnership for Racial Equity, a coalition of corporate and advocacy groups led by Cummins. This partnership helped pass historic police reform legislation which includes de-escalation training, increases the use of body cameras, and decertifies officers who commit misconduct so they cannot simply resign and be hired by another law enforcement agency. Cummins joined several businesses in publicly voicing our opposition to stripping local control of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and disbanding the newly created General Orders Board.


2020

Cummins leaders have joined with the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee (“GIPC”) and our legal staff have already given over 150 pro bono hours conducting research on police reform, identifying best practices, and advocating for legislative and policy reforms in Indianapolis.

PLEDGE 3

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We will support Black-led community organizations.

Focus Areas: Prosperity, Education, Criminal Justice

We will support Black-led community groups, civil liberties organizations, non-profit groups, and minority-owned businesses. We will support their work, both financially and with skills from within our company.

PROGRESS

2021

Cummins’s commitment to the Coalition to Back Black Businesses, LISC Indy, and the Indy Black Chamber of Commerce with over $1 million dollars in grants to support Black entrepreneurs and provide impactful programming in Indianapolis. Cummins has also been a contributing member of the Business for Equity Indy (BEI) initiative to increase the launch, growth, and success rates of Black-owned businesses through expanded supplier diversity and participation opportunities.


2020

Along with the Lilly Foundation, the Cummins Foundation commits to grant the Indianapolis Urban League $250,000 to establish an Entrepreneurship Center to provide impactful programming and support to African American entrepreneurs in Indianapolis.

Join us in the important work of creating racial equity in Central Indiana.

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