Cummins signs deal for global initiative

Staff Reports

Cummins and Schneider Electric have signed an agreement to partner on community improvement projects around the world.

The two companies have worked together on many business initiatives in more than a dozen countries and share a history of strengthening communities in the areas where they operate, a Cummins news release said.

The partnership will improve how Cummins provides resources and engages employees in corporate responsibility projects around the globe, said Mark Levett, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility and CEO of the Cummins Foundation.

“Working together, Cummins and Schneider Electric can use our global footprint, and the strength of our employee’s skills, to drive even greater change in our communities,” he said.

Schneider Electric’s Francois Milioni, Director Training — Program “Access to energy,” said the partnership will allow the two companies to do more collectively than could be done individually and increase the positive impact. Schneider is based in Rueil-Malmaison, France.

Described as a new corporate responsibility partnership, the agreement will improve how both organizations address environmental challenges, promote technical education and support equal opportunities for all.

In an employee survey conducted by Cummins and Schneider Electric employees, more than half said participating in community service projects advances the business relationship between the two companies.

Cummins and Schneider Electric partnered earlier on Cummins’ Technical Education for Communities (TEC) program. TEC is a coalition-based vocational education program designed to increase access to good jobs. Schneider Electric and Cummins have collaborated at the Turkey TEC site since 2014. As part of the partnership, the organizations supply equipment, develop curriculum and provide workplace learning opportunities for students. They also will help hire TEC graduates to fill open technician positions in those markets.

In addition to TEC, the two organizations plan to collaborate on Schneider Electric’s Access to Energy program, which aims to spread access to reliable, affordable and clean energy. There are also plans to work together on Power to Prosper, a Cummins initiative to develop and scale electrification models that reduce barriers to economic growth in economically troubled communities.

About Cummins

Cummins designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel engines and related technology around the world. Headquartered in Columbus, Cummins currently employs about 54,600 people worldwide and serves customers in approximately 190 countries and territories through a network of approximately 600 company-owned and independent distributor locations and approximately 6,500 dealer locations. Cummins earned 1.67 billion on sales of 19.2 billion in 2014. For more information, visit cummins.com.

About Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric, based in Rueil-Malmaison, France, develops technologies and solutions to make energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green. Schneider Electric, operates in over 100 countries with around 170,000 employees worldwide (as of December 2014). In 2014, the company generated revenues of $24.9 billion. Schneider Electric’s presence is balanced across four geographical regions and four diversified end-markets.