BY: Dave Backmann – President, Greening Greater Racine
CNH Industrial designs, manufactures, and sells agricultural equipment, construction machinery, trucks, buses, specialty vehicles, and powertrains. With 66 manufacturing plants, 54 research-and-development centers, a workforce of more than 64,000, and a commercial presence in approximately 180 countries, CNH Industrial is aware of its environmental and community impact.
“Sustainability forms a distinctive part of the company’s DNA, and it is a fundamental aspect of the day to-day activities of its employees, its supply chain and its logistic and manufacturing processes,” said Troy Williams, Global EHS Governance. “It also extends to CNH Industrial’s products and innovations and the company’s local communities.”
About 520 people working at the Racine CNH Industrial plant manufacture agricultural equipment for the Case IH and New Holland brands and more than 2,000 are employed overall at different facilities around Greater Racine. According to Steve Scharinger, CNH Industrial environment, safety, health and energy manager, the company focuses on saving energy, waste management, and reducing carbon and other emissions.
The company aims to be a global leader in next-generation industrial equipment and commercial vehicles. It is a pioneer in ultra-efficient machinery that enables other sectors of the global economy to operate at maximum potential, and it achieves this by harnessing new technology through its vast market reach and robust enterprise culture.
The company aims to align with United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, focusing on six goals most relevant to its businesses:
CNH Industrial’s ongoing commitment to sustainability landed the company in some of the world’s most prestigious indices.
In 2019, CNH Industrial was reconfirmed as Industry Leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices, World and Europe, for the ninth consecutive year. It received a score of 88/100.
In 2018, CNH Industrial ranked among the 31 A-listers in the Consumer Data Platform Water Security program and scored A- in the CDP Climate Change program.
CNH Industrial publishes a sustainability report annually to track its progress and a “Sustainable Year” document to highlight some of its key initiatives.
In North America, CNH Industrial operates 11 manufacturing plants and 12 research-and-development centers with a workforce of about 9,000. Staff across North America focus on personal development through Impact Days by harvesting crops, building homes and making snack packs to help their communities.
One of the organizations CNH Industrial supports through Impact Days is Habitat for Humanity, which builds homes for those in most need. CNH Industrial encourages staff from as many locations as possible to get involved. The company also donates money and equipment toward this effort.
Scharinger said the CNH Industrial Racine plant is strongly committed to a zero-waste initiative. Employees are working on projects to eliminate coolant disposal and hazardous waste in the facility.
In December 2019, the Racine facility was recognized for its sustainability efforts by the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council for the sixth consecutive time. The company was honored with the highest recognition level in the Green Master’s program.
CNH Industrial is a founding entity of the Racine Sustainable Business Network. RSBN, an affiliate of the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council, provides Racine County businesses and other organizations with resources to enhance their environmental and economic impact while fostering the well-being of employees and the community.