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.
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.
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
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.
We will engage with criminal justice and law enforcement
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.
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
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.
We will support Black-led community organizations.
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
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
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.