U.S. Headquarters: Columbus, Ind.
Global Employees: 44,000
U.S. Employees: 16,696
Last Year’s DiversityInc Top 50 Ranking: 18
Why It’s on the List
The company continues to be an overall diversity-management leader, with more than 100 resource-group chapters nationwide. The CEO meets with resource groups monthly, and almost three-quarters of his direct reports are executive sponsors of resource groups. Diversity goals are part of executive-performance reviews, and executive sponsorship of resource groups is included in those goals. Resource groups are available to all employees, including hourly/shift workers. The company measures retention, business contributions and engagement of its resource-group members versus nonmembers.
The CEO chairs the executive diversity council, which has rotational positions and signs off on diversity goals and metrics. All council members participate in the company’s formal mentoring programs, which have measurable goals for assessing success and formal follow-up. Cummins also offers cultural-awareness training for its mentors. There are formal sponsors for high-potentials from underrepresented groups, and opportunities for high-potentials are communicated in senior-level meetings.
Cummins spends a high percentage of its total procurement with prime minority-owned business enterprises. Supplier-diversity results/metrics are reported to the CEO and senior leadership quarterly. Procurement-management compensation is also tied to successful supplier-diversity results. The company provides mentoring and financial assistance for its diverse suppliers, including sponsorships and/or educational advancement.
Other DiversityInc Lists
- No. 7 The DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for Asian-Americans
Chairman and CEO
“You can’t truly be a successful global company if you don’t value and manage diversity. As Cummins grows in existing markets and expands into new ones, we need employees who bring diverse experiences and backgrounds to help us drive innovation and solve our customers’ complex business challenges. This commitment is core to our future success.”
Global Diversity Relations Director
“We are very proud to be recognized again as a DiversityInc Top 50 company. This recognition is a direct result of the commitment of our employees to creating a safe and inclusive workplace where all feel valued and respected. Our commitment to honoring and respecting each other is part of a long tradition at Cummins and is a foundational piece of our corporate success.”