Proposal Passed

Caterpillar Must Be Held Accountable for Its Contribution to Climate Change

Caterpillar Inc. is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, off-highway diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines, and diesel-electric locomotives; the company reported sales and revenues of $51 billion in 2021 alone.
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Caterpillar conducts business on every continent across the globe, manufacturing its products in over 110 facilities worldwide which are then distributed in nearly 200 countries. Although Caterpillar’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity worldwide in 2020 equated to 35 metric tons of CO2 per million dollars of sales and revenues, the company has not set targets to reduce GHG emissions across its entire enterprise, including supply chain emissions, nor has it disclosed a plan for how to achieve Paris-aligned GHG emissions reductions.

Caterpillar has released their 2022 proxy statement for their upcoming AGM on June 8th 2022. In order to be eligible to vote in this AGM you must have purchased your shares before April 13, 2022.

Our Goal

Our goal is to support As You Sow’s proposal to Caterpillar by launching a campaign that allows individuals to invest in a more sustainable future and ensure Caterpillar is endeavouring to limit its impact on climate change by voting at the company’s next shareholder meeting. The proposal requests that Caterpillar issue a report within a year, and annually thereafter, disclosing interim and long-term greenhouse gas targets aligned with the Paris Agreement’s goal of maintaining global temperature rise at 1.5 degrees Celsius, and progress made in achieving them. This reporting should cover the Company’s full scope of operational and product related emissions. A “win” would result in Caterpillar being required to such a report annually which should further describe:

  • Caterpillar’s climate transition plan for achieving its GHG reduction goals, including aligned capital allocation where relevant;
  • A rationale for any decision not to set targets aligned with the Paris Agreement’s 1.5 degree goal;
  • Other information deemed appropriate.

Why It’s Important

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