Our Focus

Workforce Readiness

We help under-served communities gain 21st century jobs, through technical education and basic computer skills.

For example, women and minorities benefit the most from workforce education: just 9% of construction and engineering trade certificates go to women. In low and middle-income communities, education gaps prevent people from gaining the skills they need to become technical workers.

We support programs that are tailored to local labor markets, where teachers are well-equipped and well-trained, and students get hands-on experience in the workplace.

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STEM Education

We help students pursue and enter STEM careers, equipped with the right skills and knowledge to thrive.

We focus on expanding access to STEM education in under-served communities in the US and around the world.  For instance, less than a third of US schools with high proportions of minority students offer calculus. And less than 12% of African graduates get a STEM degree.

We support programs where STEM is taught as a unified approach that makes connections across science, technology, engineering and math.

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Natural Infrastructure

We restore local ecosystems to help communities grow stronger, more resilient and more sustainable.

For instance, wetlands and marshes help improve water quality and mitigate natural disasters. In places where wetlands have been lost, flooding increases by up to 80%. Water-related disasters represent 90% of the 1,000 most severe disasters to strike across the world since 1990.

Our goal is for communities to grow strong, more resilient to shocks and stresses, and have the local infrastructure that equips them to thrive.

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Access to Basic Services

We help communities gain access to the basic services like water and energy that allow them to grow stronger and become more productive.

We work with partners to install community-wide infrastructure to bring water to communities, building sustainability and resilience together. And we train workers in energy solutions  for the energy needs of communities.

By improving access to water, we especially help the women and girls who most often bear the burden of collecting water.

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Caterpillar’s global team – our employees and dealers – are using their passions, time and talents to give back in the communities in which we live and work. From volunteer efforts, to support for important causes, to our response to disasters around the world, our global team is helping to build a better world.

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Lives Impacted

Seven years ago the Caterpillar Foundation set an ambitious goal: to empower 50 million people to rise out of extreme poverty by 2020. Under the banner of Together.Stronger. the Foundation served as a catalyst uniting business, non-profits, government and citizens to turn poverty into a path to shared prosperity. As Caterpillar helps build societal infrastructure, the Foundation helped human infrastructure in three areas: Basic human needs for a stronger life: water, food, shelter and energy Human potential for a stronger future: quality education in STEM and workforce readiness Sustainable and stronger communities: conservation and disaster relief