Columbus-based Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) is strengthening its relationship with a Japanese manufacturer. Officials say the global corporate responsibility partnership with Komatsu Ltd. is the "natural next step" in a line of existing customer, supplier and joint venture collaborations.
Cummins says the companies began talking about corporate responsibility a few years ago through discussions on technical skills education programs each company has launched globally. Cummins Chief Executive Officer Tom Linebarger calls it a win for the companies and communities. "For decades, Cummins and Komatsu have built a strong and growing business relationship. We share common goals and aspirations for our respective businesses, as well as for the people living in our communities. Using the strength of our employees’ skills, our global presence and our strong business partnership, we can provide opportunity to those most in need. This is a win for Cummins, a win for Komatsu, but most importantly a win for our communities," said Linebarger.
Cummins and Komatsu say they hope the partnership will inspire other companies to do the same. Both companies have programs designed to close the skills gap in advanced manufacturing. They have worked together in the past on education efforts in Australia, South Africa, Peru and the U.S. Cummins also has a corporate responsibility agreement with Schneider Electric.
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