ESG | Governance | Ethics & Compliance
Ethics & Compliance
Cummins is proud of its longstanding commitment to integrity and the highest ethical standards.
All members of the Cummins family - from our directors, officers and employees, to our distributors, subsidiaries and affiliates – continually work to develop and protect this commitment to doing business ethically. The Company's commitment to those standards and values is defined in our Code of Business Conduct.
Cummins believes that a sustainable company is built on a foundation of good governance that promotes ethical behavior at all levels. The Company's Ethics and Compliance organization focuses on helping Cummins maintain its tradition as an ethical company as it grows globally.
Our 10 Ethical Principles
Cummins ethics and governance initiatives are built around the 10 Statements of Ethical Principles in the Code of Business Conduct:
- We will follow the law – everywhere.
- We will embrace diverse perspectives and backgrounds and treat all people with dignity and respect.
- We will compete fairly and honestly.
- We will avoid conflicts of interest.
- We will demand that everything we do leads to a cleaner, healthier and safer environment.
- We will protect our technology, our information and our intellectual property.
- We will demand that our financial records and processes are clear and understandable.
- We will strive to improve our communities.
- We will communicate with honesty and integrity.
- We will create a culture where all employees take responsibility for ethical behavior.
Cummins puts these principles into practice through a comprehensive compliance training program targeting appropriate employee groups to promote ethical behavior.
Ethics and Compliance For Suppliers and Distributors
Cummins promotes ethical behavior among its suppliers and distributors.
Supplier Code of Conduct
Cummins holds suppliers to a higher standard than just compliance with local laws.Our Supplier Code of Conduct applies to all businesses that provide products or services to Cummins and its subsidiaries, joint ventures, divisions or affiliates. Available in 15 languages, the supplier code is built around seven principles and helps Cummins ensure that it is doing business with other companies around the world that share its values for sustainable practices. The code includes provisions banning child or forced labor, respecting employee rights and providing a safe workplace for employees.
All new suppliers receive a copy of Cummins' Supplier Code of Conduct and the Company encourages them to adopt it. Cummins' top suppliers are required to certify their intent to comply with Cummins' Supplier Code of Conduct. If you are a Cummins supplier or would like information about how to become one, please visit the Supplier Portal.
Distributors are a critical part of our business operations and allow Cummins to increase market penetration around the world. The Company takes appropriate steps to ensure our distributors share. Cummins values regardless of whether the distributor is independent or an established channel partner. Many of our distributors receive compliance training and have access to materials where they can learn about ethics and compliance initiatives and policies.
Cummins is committed to complying with data privacy and protections regulations. Cummins ensures that personal data is held and processed according to relevant regulations.
Data Privacy concerns the rights of an individual to protect information or data about himself from other persons or organizations, as well as the right to require organizations to safeguard the data from unauthorized access, loss, misuse, destruction or alteration. Data privacy affects all areas of Cummins business, including: employees and job applicants; customer data; supplier data; distributor and business partner data; and shareholders.
All Cummins personnel, including temporary employees, contractors and business partners handling personal data on our behalf, are required to follow the data protection requirements contained in Cummins’s policies and procedures.
If you have questions or become aware of any action not consistent with Cummins policy or the law, you may contact the Ethics and Compliance team for assistance. Send an email to [email protected] and the appropriate person will contact you.