Cummins Extends World Environment Day to an Entire Month

Cummins employees in Charleston, South Carolina, performed a dumpster dive to learn more about their waste stream during a previous celebration of June Environmental Month.
Cummins employees in Charleston, South Carolina, performed a dumpster dive to learn more about their waste stream during a previous celebration of June Environmental Month.

Cummins today kicks off its 6th annual June Environmental Month celebration, when employees across the company engage in environmental projects at work, home and in their communities.

The event also provides employees with the opportunity to learn more about the company’s environmental efforts around the world.

“Cummins has a long history of environmental responsibility,” said Jennifer Rumsey, Vice President and Chief Technical Officer at the company. “So, it is no surprise we have designated the entire month of June in honor of World Environment Day (June 5) to celebrate our commitment to ensuring that everything we do leads to a cleaner environment.”

Sites across the company will be offering activities and programs around four weekly themes: how the company and its employees can decrease waste, improve water conservation, limit energy use and work within their communities to make a difference. 

In past celebrations, Cummins employees have participated in a wide range of activities including energy fairs, school visits, poster drawing contests, tree plantings and more. A key focus in 2019 is the 100th Anniversary Plastics Challenge, which asks employees to use 100 fewer pieces of single-use plastic during the month. 

Organizers of the celebration expect about two-thirds of the company’s workers will participate in one or more events.

IMPACT DRIVEN

Few projects are bigger than the event taking place at the Columbus Engine Plant (CEP) in Columbus, Indiana (U.S.). The site will host its 9th annual Community Wide Recycling Day from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 13 in the plant parking lot.

Employees gather recyclables at a previous Communitywide Recycle Day at the Cummins Engine Plant.
Employees gather recyclables at a previous Community Wide Recycling Day at the Columbus Engine Plant.

Employees and community members are invited to bring in a wide range of materials including electronic waste, used batteries, and used motor oil and paint, in addition to more typical recyclable items. Organizers are asking people not to bring in tractor tires, lightbulbs, mercury thermometers, Styrofoam and pressure vessels and tanks.

The event has been known to draw 500 to 1,000 cars filled with various recyclables and requires hundreds of volunteers. The plant partners with companies that specialize in handling difficult to recycle materials.

“The reason it is so popular is it provides a single outlet for the resident to properly dispose of household waste and also allows for recycling of this waste,” said David Wehrkamp, the Environmental Supervisor at CEP. “We also provide employee volunteers to unload the material from vehicles as they arrive. And its free to everyone.”

CEP is not the only Cummins’ plant to sponsor a recycling day. The Jamestown Engine Plant in Jamestown, New York (U.S), will hold its 10th annual recycling day this fall (a date has not been set). David Burlee, the plant’s Health, Safety and Environment Leader, said last September’s event collected more than 100,000 pounds of electronics including more than 12,000 pounds of television sets. The event also gathered three trailer loads of tires.

IT’S ABOUT EDUCATION, TOO

Cummins also tries to use the month to educate employees on what it is doing to reduce its environmental impact as a company. For example, some Cummins employees will be traveling to northwestern Indiana later in June to learn more about the company’s support for an expansion at the Meadow Lake Wind Farm.

The company entered into a virtual power purchase agreement at Meadow Lake that helped move the project forward. The expansion went on line in December 2018 and will send more renewable energy to the grid than Cummins uses at all of its Indiana facilities.

One of the company’s environmental goals is to increase the availability and use of renewable power. The company will also announce this month its progress on goals around waste, water and energy.
 

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. blair.claflin@cummins.com

 

Cummins Achieves Two Environmental Goals Early, Faces Challenges Ahead

In 2018, the Cummins plant in Juarez, Mexico, received its first full year of renewable power from the solar array it installed over part of its parking lot. Encouraging the production of renewable energy is part of the company’s energy goal.
In 2018, the Cummins plant in Juarez, Mexico, received its first full year of renewable power from the solar array it installed over part of its parking lot. Encouraging the production of renewable energy is part of the company’s energy goal.

Cummins has reached two of its seven 2020 environmental sustainability goals early, reducing the water it uses per hour worked and cutting carbon dioxide through collaborative projects with customers.

The company, however, still has work to do to fully meet Cummins’ goals to increase its recycling rate to 95%, cut energy use per hour worked by 32%, reduce the carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted from the shipment of goods within the company’s own network by 10%, and meet its water neutrality and zero disposal site goals. 

“While it’s gratifying to accomplish our goals on water and reducing CO2 through our products in use, we still have work to do on waste, water neutrality, energy and logistics,” said Brian C. Mormino, Cummins’ Executive Director of Environmental Strategy and Compliance.  “We wanted goals that would force us to stretch as a company and that certainly appears to be happening.”

2018 Sustainability Progress Report cover
To learn more, check out the Cummins 2018 Sustainability Progress Report, which covers not just the environment, but community engagement, health and safety, diversity and inclusion, innovation and much more. The report is posted on the company's sustainability website.

THE GOOD NEWS

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from Cummins products in use are the company’s largest environmental impact and represent an estimated 99% of Cummins’ GHG footprint due to fossil fuel use.

Cummins fuel teams throughout the world implemented 76 new products in use projects in 2018, bringing the total number of initiatives with customers since 2014 to nearly 300. The company has surpassed its 2020 goal of achieving an annual run rate reduction of 3.5 million metric tons of CO2. The 2018 rate was 4.3 million metric tons.

Cummins has also achieved its goal of a 50% reduction in water use intensity (water use adjusted for hours worked) by 2020 compared to the company’s baseline year of 2010.  Leaders are not declaring this achievement complete, however, until the company can maintain its performance level while continuing to expand, or balancing any downturn in production.

In 2018, the company used 950 million gallons of water (3.6 million kL), a 14 million gallon decrease from 2017. Since the goal’s baseline year of 2010, direct water use is down 16% despite the company’s growth between 2010 and 2018.

Cummins’ water neutrality goal work is also progressing, but not yet fully achieved. The company set a goal of having water neutrality at 15 sites. Eight sites have been validated as water neutral toward the company’s 2020 goal of 15. These locations are off-setting their water use with community improvements that either conserve water or make new sources available. 

THE WORK STILL AHEAD

Cummins is also getting close to reaching its 2020 energy goal to reduce energy intensity by 32% compared to the baseline year of 2010.  This is the company’s third energy goal since 2006 and many of the “early win” projects have long been completed. 

The company, however, has an aggressive investment and action plan thorugh 2020 toward meeting its energy goal. Cummins invested $15 million in 140 energy efficiency and onsite solar photovoltaic capital projects in 2018. By the end of the year, the company’s energy intensity reduction was at 29%. Over the same 2010 to 2018 time-period, the company’s energy efficiency and renewable energy efforts reduced Cummins’ GHG intensity by 37%.

Cummins also made significant progress on its goal to encourage the use of renewable energy, entering into a virtual power purchase agreement to help an Indiana wind farm expand. The expansion will send about the same amount of power to the grid this year as the company uses in all of its headquarters state of Indiana.  

On recycling, Cummins in 2018 reached the 90% mark for a second consecutive year, just short of the company’s 95% goal. The recycling rate has been flat due to regulatory barriers in regions like India and China for problematic waste streams, and an absence of waste management suppliers in some operating regions such as Africa.

In addition, the company has been reducing packaging waste globally by increasing its use of returnable and reusable packaging. That means less material is available for recycling.

Finally, on logistics, disruption from switching third party logistics providers  has caused the team to take some steps back to better understand baseline data to determine where it stands toward meeting  Cummins’ goal to reduce the CO2 per kilogram of goods shipped in the company’s network by 10%.

The logistics team has been working to better understand the increased amount of detailed data it receives from the company’s new vendor and launched a Six Sigma project in early 2019 to gain a better understanding. It is working toward making improvements that would smooth CO2 reductions throughout the year.

The team wants to improve transport planning to maximize loads, reducing miles when trucks are empty and minimizing distance traveled.

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE

Cummins is planning to announce the next generation of its environmental sustainability plan as part of the company’s 100th anniversary later in 2019, while still working to achieve its existing 2020 goals.The plan will look out to 2050, setting quantifiable goals for 2030 along the way.


 

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. blair.claflin@cummins.com

 

Cummins Receives 2019 Large Enterprise of the Year Award for its Innovation

Cummins Executive Director – IT Strategy and Planning, Gulsu Law accepts The Large Enterprise of the Year Mira Award

Since 1919 Cummins Inc. has been a leader in innovation; from developing technologies to make diesel engines more energy and fuel efficient, to developing technologies allowing engines to be powered by natural gas, electricity and other alternative fuels, Cummins is a technology leader.

Cummins was recently honored with the 2019 Large Enterprise of the Year Mira Award by TechPoint, the nonprofit, industry-led growth accelerator for Indiana’s tech ecosystem. Judges awarded Cummins for its dedication to developing and implementing data-enabled services through the Digital Accelerator team, which has led to numerous smart connected products. Additionally, judges cited Cummins’ support of talent programs such as Xtern, School to Work Program for Cybersecurity, and Informatics Diversity Enhanced Workers (IDEW) at IUPUI. The company’s participation in recruiting events such as Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA, Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference (HENAAC); and launching diversity programs such as the Cummins Powers Women program that focuses its work on areas where barriers exist to the advancement of girls and women.

“It was an honor to accept the Mira Award on behalf of Cummins,” said Gulsu Law, Cummins Executive Director – IT Strategy and Planning. “Receiving this award during our centennial is exciting, as we continue to challenge the impossible, by developing and improving technologies that will power our planet in a sustainable way. We’re very appreciative of the recognition of our hard work and efforts.”  

The Cummins team at the Mira Awards reception
The Cummins team at the Mira Awards reception.

The Large Enterprise of the Year Mira Award recognizes exceptional innovation and market position that is helping Indiana become a recognized technological leader. In addition to the company being headquartered in Indiana, the award is given to the company that demonstrates great financial performance, strategic business development, sustainability, impact on the industry/market, technical business and product/service excellence and accomplishments as an exceptional corporate citizen.

TechPoint states 52 independent volunteer judges reviewed and ranked each nominee, then selected the winners. As a result of Cummins’ scoring, the company received the highest Mira Award, the Large Enterprise of the Year.

Cummins has been recognized by TechPoint for their innovation in the past, however, this is the first time the company has received the Large Enterprise of the Year Mira Award.  Cummins was one of only 14 awardees chosen from 109 nominees. As the company moves into its next century, there are several promising technological innovations coming that will not only move Cummins’ customers forward, but sustain our planet.

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Cummins Returns to CR Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens List

The company’s logo on display at Cummins' Columbus Engine Plant in Columbus, Indiana (U.S.).
The company’s logo on display at Cummins' Columbus Engine Plant in Columbus, Indiana (U.S.).

Cummins has been named to Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s list of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens of 2019, which recognizes outstanding environmental, social and governance performance and transparency.

The company finished No. 27 in the magazine’s ranking, which reviews the 1,000 largest public companies in the U.S. Cummins was previously on the magazine’s list in 2012. 

“U.S. corporate leadership matters more than ever to drive progress despite government gridlock around environmental and social topics like climate change,” said Dave Armon, CEO of 3BL Media, which publishes CR Magazine. “CR Magazine is proud to celebrate 20 years of advancing ESG (environmental, social and governance) transparency and performance through the 100 Best Corporate Citizens.”

Twenty-seven companies are new to the top 100 ranking, including Allstate, Delta Airlines and Cummins. The magazine uses a broad definition of corporate responsibility, based on 134 corporate disclosure and performance factors in seven categories: climate change, employee relations, environment, finance, governance, human rights, and stakeholders and society.

CR Magazine’s research is conducted by ISS-ESG, the investment research arm of Institutional Shareholder Services.

“Each year, we measure the increasingly competitive progress of brands on ESG topics,” Armon said in announcing the list Wednesday. “Transparency and public commitments make corporate responsibility and sustainability programs stronger. We congratulate those honored on this year's ranking for their commitment to the triple bottom line."

Cummins had its best year ever in sustainability rankings in 2018, placing high on lists by The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Barron’s and other rankings. CR Magazine is dedicated to helping build sustainable businesses. It has produced its 100 Best Corporate Citizens list since 1999. Owens Corning tops the ranking in 2019, followed by Intel, General Mills, the Campbell Soup Company and HP Inc.

The ratings are primarily sourced from online information made available by companies through their corporate websites. It is also drawn from “reliable third parties” such as the CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
 

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. blair.claflin@cummins.com

 

How Cummins will Thrive for the Next 100 Years

Cummins Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger speaks at Tuesday's Annual Meeting.
Cummins Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger speaks at Tuesday's Annual Meeting.

Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger celebrated Cummins' 100th anniversary and a successful 2018 at the company's Annual Meeting Tuesday, but he said Cummins must push to meet significant challenges ahead to thrive for the next hundred years.

“It’s worth celebrating. It’s worth stopping and wondering what got us here,” Linebarger said of the 100-year milestone the company reached in February. “…But we must also look forward. We need to ask ourselves, ‘What do we need to bring with us and what do we need to change and improve upon, in order to compete for the next 100 years?’”

He said Cummins anniversary theme, Challenge the Impossible, should help ensure the company doesn’t simply look backwards in 2019.

A SIGNIFICANT ACCOMPLISHMENT

The company’s Annual Meeting is an opportunity for Cummins' leaders to talk about the company’s past year and the future to come. The meeting was held at the Columbus Engine Plant in the company’s headquarters city of Columbus, Indiana (U.S.).

Linebarger did not want to diminish the significance of the anniversary.

“An anniversary is an anniversary, but 100 years as an independent company is not easy to achieve,” he said. “It’s a really important milestone for our company and, frankly, given the change in industry and technology and competitive environment, it’s just getting harder and harder to last 100 years. The odds are pretty strongly against you and here we are 100 years later, still fighting, still succeeding.”

Tom Linebarger speaking at 2019 Annual Meeting
Cummins Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger lays out the key steps the company must take to thrive in the next 100 years.

He said 2018 was a very strong year, with a company record of $23.8 billion in sales, a 16 percent increase over 2017, which was also a strong year. In the first quarter of 2019, the company had the most profitable quarter in its history.  

INNOVATION IS KEY

Linebarger said to thrive like that in the next 100 years, during good economic times and bad, Cummins must continue to be a leader not just in diesel platforms, but also natural gas, hybrids, electrified power and fuel cells, if that’s where the technology develops.

“Diesel engines have been a leader in our industry for 100 years, but if we look out 100 years they will not be the product of choice in all of our markets,” Linebarger said.

In addition to technology leadership, he said the company must continue to build strong partnerships around the world. Some of the company’s partnerships go back as many as 80 years and have been critical to Cummins’ success.

Linebarger said the company must also continue to help build stronger communities, praising the company’s Cummins Powers Women program launched in 2018. The program is the company’s commitment to the advancement of women and girls around the world by working with nonprofits with proven programs in place to advance gender equity.

DOING MORE TO USE LESS

Finally, he said environmental sustainability will be increasingly important in the future.

“I think all of us know that in order to continue, in order to thrive a hundred years from now, there will be significant challenges to all industrial companies, and certainly a company in the power business, about what impact we’re having on the environment,” Linebarger said. “We will have to produce wealth for all stakeholders while using less, and it’s just that simple.”
 

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. blair.claflin@cummins.com

 

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