Vision for America Award 2015

The 2015 Vision for America Award was presented to Doug Oberhelman, chairman and CEO of Caterpillar Inc., in New York City on behalf of Caterpillar and its global workforce.

The Vision for America Award is presented annually to distinguished leaders whose personal and corporate commitments have significantly enhanced civic, environmental and social stewardship throughout the United States.

Caterpillar is committed to building a better world. Its vision is a world in which all people’s basic needs – such as shelter, clean water, sanitation, food and reliable power – are fulfilled in an environmentally sustainable way. Caterpillar is a company that improves the quality of the environment and the communities where its employees live and work.

Its mission is to enable economic growth through infrastructure and energy development, and to provide solutions that support communities and protect the planet. Caterpillar’s strategy is to provide work environments, products, services and solutions that make productive and efficient use of resources as it strives to achieve its vision.

“I am proud to accept this award from Keep America Beautiful. I’m honored by what this award represents – that Caterpillar is a company our people can be proud to work for,” said Oberhelman in accepting the Award. “As the world’s population increases, demand for resources and infrastructure will increase, too. Sustainable progress to meet these needs and support economic growth will remain absolutely necessary.  Caterpillar will continue to lead the world in making this sustainable progress possible. We have the experience, the products and the commitment. Our shorthand description for our sustainability value is: The power of endurance – and that’s Caterpillar.”

Caterpillar applies innovation and technology to improve the sustainability performance of its products, services, solutions and operations. The company believes sustainable progress is made possible by developing better systems that maximize life cycle benefits, while also minimizing the economic, social and environmental costs of ownership, as reflected in its sustainability principles.

Caterpillar recognizes that sustainable progress represents a balance of environmental stewardship, economic growth and social responsibility. Working toward aggressive sustainability goals, Caterpillar’s tremendous progress motivates its employees to continue working toward its vision. For example:

  • Eighteen percent of 2014 sales and revenues were derived from products, services and solutions with an improved sustainability benefit.
  • From 2006 to 2014, Caterpillar’s facilities have reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity by 38 percent. And energy intensity of its operations decreased 28 percent from 2006 to 2014.
  • Caterpillar recycled 90.6 percent of its by-product materials in 2014.

The Vision for America Award Dinner Chairman Jay Timmons, president & CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), presented the Award to Oberhelman, who served as chairman of the NAM Board of Directors from 2013 through 2014.

“Caterpillar has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to sustainability and the belief that conservation isn’t just good for business, it’s good for the world,” said Timmons. “Doug knows the best way to lead meaningful change is to lead by example, and indeed many are following his example. Across the country, manufacturers are responding to the challenges and opportunities facing our communities and our environment by adopting sustainable best practices to ensure a healthier, more beautiful America.”

To see Caterpillar's latest progress, visit Caterpillar's Sustainability site.