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GRI Sustainability Index

John Deere supports the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and its efforts to create a worldwide framework for reporting comprehensive sustainability information. The following report was developed using the GRI G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines and publicly available information. Additional information about John Deere's commitment to environmental sustainability, safety, personal and professional development, and communities can be found on our Citizenship website as well as in our Global Citizenship Report.

GENERAL STANDARD DISCLOSURES


Item


Indicator


Indicator Response


Strategy and Analysis


G4-1


a. Provide a statement from the most senior decision-maker of the organization (such as CEO, chair, or equivalent senior position) about the relevance of sustainability to the organization and the organization's strategy for addressing sustainability.

The statement should present the overall vision and strategy for the short term, medium term, and long term, particularly with regard to managing the significant economic, environmental and social impacts that the organization causes and contributes to, or the impacts that can be linked to its activities as a result of relationships with others (such as suppliers, people or organizations in local communities). The statement should include:

  • Strategic priorities and key topics for the short and medium term with regard to sustainability, including respect for internationally recognized standards and how such standards relate to long term organizational strategy and success
  • Broader trends (such as macroeconomic or political) affecting the organization and influencing sustainability priorities
  • Key events, achievements, and failures during the reporting period
  • Views on performance with respect to targets
  • Outlook on the organization's main challenges and targets for the next year and goals for the coming 3–5 years
  • Other items pertaining to the organization's strategic approach

Refer to our Chairman's Message


Organizational Profile


G4-3


a. Report the name of the organization.


Deere & Company


G4-4


a. Report the primary brands, products, and services.


Refer to our 10-K Report


G4-5


a. Report the location of the organization's headquarters.


Moline, Illinois, United States of America


G4-6


a. Report the number of countries where the organization operates, and names of countries where either the organization has significant operations or that are specifically relevant to the sustainability topics covered in the report.


Refer to our Worldwide Locations and CEO Business Overview


G4-7


a. Report the nature of ownership and legal form.


Deere & Company is a publically traded company listed on the New York Stock Exchange.


G4-8


a. Report the markets served (including geographic breakdown, sectors served, and types of customers and beneficiaries).


Please refer to our 10-K Report


G4-9


a. Report the scale of the organization, including:

  • Total number of employees
  • Total number of operations
  • Net sales (for private sector organizations) or net revenues (for public sector organizations)
  • Total capitalization broken down in terms of debt and equity (for private sector organizations)
  • Quantity of products or services provided

 


Refer to our Annual Report


G4-10


a. Report the total number of employees by employment contract and gender.

b. Report the total number of permanent employees by employment type and gender.

c. Report the total workforce by employees and supervised workers and by gender.

d. Report the total workforce by region and gender.

e. Report whether a substantial portion of the organization's work is performed by workers who are legally recognized as self-employed, or by individuals other than employees or supervised workers, including employees and supervised employees of contractors.

f. Report any significant variations in employment numbers (such as seasonal variations in employment in the tourism or agricultural industries).


Refer to our 10-K Report and CEO's Reaffirmation Letter


G4-11


a. Report the percentage of total employees covered by collective bargaining agreements.


Refer to our 10-K Report for US information. Information available but not reported for employees outside of the US. 


G4-12


a. Describe the organization's supply chain.


Refer to our Supplier Information


G4-13


a. Report any significant changes during the reporting period regarding the organization's size, structure, ownership, or its supply chain, including:

  • Changes in the location of, or changes in, operations, including facility openings, closings, and expansions
  • Changes in the share capital structure and other capital formation, maintenance, and alteration operations (for private sector organizations)
  • Changes in the location of suppliers, the structure of the supply chain, or in relationships with suppliers, including selection and termination

Refer to our Financial Data


G4-14


a. Report whether and how the precautionary approach or principle is addressed by the organization.


Refer to our Environmental Stewardship information. 


G4-15


a. List externally developed economic, environmental and social charters, principles, or other initiatives to which the organization subscribes or which it endorses.


Refer to our Environmental Stewardship information. 


G4-16


a. List memberships of associations (such as industry associations) and national or international advocacy organizations in which the organization:

  • Holds a position on the governance body
  • Participates in projects or committees
  • Provides substantive funding beyond routine membership dues
  • Views membership as strategic

This refers primarily to memberships maintained at the organizational level.


Refer to our US Political Contributions and Advocacy and our Philanthropy information. 

IDENTIFIED MATERIAL ASPECTS & BOUNDARIES


Item


Indicator


Indicator Response


G4-17


a. List all entities included in the organization's consolidated financial statements or equivalent documents.

b. Report whether any entity included in the organization's consolidated financial statements or equivalent documents is not covered by the report.

The organization can report on this Standard Disclosure by referencing the information in publicly available consolidated financial statements or equivalent documents.


Refer to our 10K Report


G4-18


a. Explain the process for defining the report content and the Aspect Boundaries.

b. Explain how the organization has implemented the Reporting Principles for Defining Report Content.


a. Report content is determined based on John Deere EHS (Environment, Health and Safety) management and citizenship policy in conjunction with GRI core indicators. Materiality is determined based on risk assessments of products and facilities. The report includes information and data on indicators of operational performance for Deere & Company manufacturing facilities, joint ventures, and other facilities that generate significant impacts. Entities over which Deere & Company has significant influence but not control are included in disclosures on management approach. 


G4-19


a. List all the material Aspects identified in the process for defining report content. 


Economic:
  • Economic performance
Environmental:
  • Materials
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Emissions
  • Effluents and Waste
  • Products and services
Social:
  • Occupational Health and Safety
Product Responsibility:
  • Customer health and safety
Society:
  • Anti-corruption
  • Public policy


G4-20


a. For each material Aspect, report the Aspect Boundary within the organization, as follows:

  • Report whether the Aspect is material within the organization
  • If the Aspect is not material for all entities within the organization (as described in G4-17), select one of the following two approaches and report either:
    • The list of entities or groups of entities included in G4-17 for which the Aspect is not material or
    • The list of entities or groups of entities included in G4-17 for which the Aspects is material
  • Report any specific limitation regarding the Aspect Boundary within the organization

Aspect boundaries apply to the entire organization. 


G4-21


a. For each material Aspect, report the Aspect Boundary outside the organization, as follows:

  • Report whether the Aspect is material outside of the organization
  • If the Aspect is material outside of the organization, identify the entities, groups of entities or elements for which the Aspect is material. In addition, describe the geographical location where the Aspect is material for the entities identified
  • Report any specific limitation regarding the Aspect Boundary outside the organization
  •  


Refer to CDP Report for limits on reporting Energy, Emissions and Water. 


G4-22


a. Report the effect of any restatements of information provided in previous reports, and the reasons for such restatements.


N/A 


G4-23


a. Report significant changes from previous reporting periods in the Scope and Aspect Boundaries.


N/A

STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT


Item


Indicator


Indicator Response


G4-24


a. Provide a list of stakeholder groups engaged by the organization.


For John Deere to successfully perform its societal function as a provider of goods, services and employment, there are many stakeholders that must have confidence in our integrity, competence and good citizenship. Paramount among these, of course, is our customers, employees, investors, dealers, other business partners and suppliers. But also included are the communities in which we live, the governments and other institutions with which we interact and the public in general. Refer to our Code of Business Conduct


G4-25


a. Report the basis for identification and selection of stakeholders with whom to engage.


Key stakeholders are those with an investment in the Company- employees, investors, customers; and those who support the Company's efforts to develop sustainable food supplies.


G4-26


a. Report the organization's approach to stakeholder engagement, including frequency of engagement by type and by stakeholder group, and an indication of whether any of the engagement was undertaken specifically as part of the report preparation process.


No material/information not currently available.


G4-27


a. Report key topics and concerns that have been raised through stakeholder engagement, and how the organization has responded to those key topics and concerns, including through its reporting. Report the stakeholder groups that raised each of the key topics and concerns.


No material/information not currently available.

REPORT PROFILE


Item


Indicator


Indicator Response


G4-28


a. Reporting period (such as fiscal or calendar year) for information provided.


Information in this report is taken from operations over fiscal and calendar years preceding the report, which is usually issued in May. Within the report, data collected on a fiscal-year basis is reported as of 12 months ending on 31 October of the year prior to the report; data collected on a calendar year basis for regulatory or other purposes is reported as of the end of the calendar year preceding the report.


G4-29


a. Date of most recent previous report (if any). 


Refer to our Global Citizenship Report


G4-30


a. Reporting cycle (such as annual, biennial).


The reporting cycle is annual, but the report narrative can contain information for the fiscal and calendar years previous to and include the publication date of the report. For example, the 2011 report narrative can contain information on activities and events that occurred in the fiscal and calendar years 2010 and the 2011. See G4-28.


G4-31


a. Provide the contact point for questions regarding the report or its contents.


Laurie Zelnio, Director- Environment, Product Safety, Standards & Energy; ZelnioLaurelL@JohnDeere.com; 309-765-5151


G4-32


a. Report the 'in accordance' option the organization has chosen.

b. Report the GRI Content Index for the chosen option.

c. Report the reference to the External Assurance Report, if the report has been externally assured. GRI recommends the use of external assurance but it is not a requirement to be 'in accordance' with the Guidelines.


'In accordance'- Core

No External Assurance


G4-33


a. Report the organization's policy and current practice with regard to seeking external assurance for the report.

b. If not included in the assurance report accompanying the sustainability report, report the scope and basis of any external assurance provided.

c. Report the relationship between the organization and the assurance providers.

d. Report whether the highest governance body or senior executives are involved in seeking assurance for the organization's sustainability report.


No external assurance is sought or provided for the report.

GOVERNANCE


Item


Indicator


Indicator Response


G4-34


a. Report the governance structure of the organization, including committees of the highest governance body. Identify any committees responsible for decision-making on economic, environmental and social impacts.


Refer to our Board of Directors Committee Charters. The Governance Committee has responsibility for safety and environmental oversight. 

CATEGORY: ETHICS & INTEGRITY


Item


Indicator


Indicator Response


G4-56


a. Describe the organization's values, principles, standards and norms of behavior such as codes of conduct and codes of ethics.


Refer to our Core Values, Corporate Governance, and Citizenship information.

CATEGORY: ECONOMIC

Information related to Standard Disclosures required by the 'in accordance' options may already be included in other reports prepared by the organization. In these circumstances, the organization may elect to add a specific reference to where the relevant information can be found.

 


DMA and Indicators


Description


Page Number or Link


Economic Performance


G4-DMA


a. Report why the Aspect is material. Report the impacts that make this Aspect material.

b. Report how the organization manages the material Aspect or its impacts.

c. Report the evaluation of the management approach, including:

  • The mechanisms for evaluating the effectiveness of the management approach
  • The results of the evaluation of the management approach
  • Any related adjustments to the management approach

Refer to our Annual Report


G4-EC1


a. Report the direct economic value generated and distributed (EVG&D) on an accruals basis including the basic components for the organization's global operations as listed below. If data is presented on a cash basis, report the justification for this decision and report the basic components as listed below:

  • Direct economic value generated:
    • Revenues
  • Economic value distributed:
    • Operating costs
    • Employee wages and benefits
    • Payments to providers of capital
    • Payments to government (by country)
    • Community investments
  • Economic value retained (calculated as 'Direct economic value generated' less 'Economic value distributed')

b. To better assess local economic impacts, report EVG&D separately at country, regional, or market levels, where significant. Report the criteria used for defining significance.


Refer to our Annual Report


G4-EC2


a. Report risks and opportunities posed by climate change that have the potential to generate substantive changes in operations, revenue or expenditure, including:

  • A description of the risk or opportunity and its classification as either physical, regulatory, or other
  • A description of the impact associated with the risk or opportunity
  • The financial implications of the risk or opportunity before action is taken
  • The methods used to manage the risk or opportunity
  • The costs of actions taken to manage the risk or opportunity

Refer to our Carbon Disclosure Response


G4-EC3


a. Where the plan's liabilities are met by the organization's general resources, report the estimated value of those liabilities.

b. Where a separate fund exists to pay the plan's pension liabilities, report:

  • The extent to which the scheme's liabilities are estimated to be covered by the assets that have been set aside to meet them
  • The basis on which that estimate has been arrived at
  • When that estimate was made

c. Where a fund set up to pay the plan's pension liabilities is not fully covered, explain the strategy, if any, adopted by the employer to work towards full coverage, and the timescale, if any, by which the employer hopes to achieve full coverage.

d. Report the percentage of salary contributed by employee or employer.

e. Report the level of participation in retirement plans (such as participation in mandatory or voluntary schemes, regional or country-based schemes, or those with financial impact).


Refer to our Benefits


G4-EC4


a. Report the total monetary value of financial assistance received by the organization from governments during the reporting period, including, as a minimum:

  • Tax relief and tax credits
  • Subsidies
  • Investment grants, research and development grants, and other relevant types of grants
  • Awards
  • Royalty holidays
  • Financial assistance from Export Credit Agencies (ECAs)
  • Financial incentives
  • Other financial benefits received or receivable from any government for any operation

b. Report the information above by country.

c. Report whether, and the extent to which, the government is present in the shareholding structure.


No material/information not currently available.

CATEGORY: ENVIRONMENTAL


DMA and Indicators


Description


Page Number or Link


Materials


G4-EN1


a. Report the total weight or volume of materials that are used to produce and package the organization's primary products and services during the reporting period, by:

  • Non-renewable materials used
  • Renewable materials used

The packaging materials can be taken into account during life cycle studies. Packaging material has not been found to be significant overall impact, and larger opportunities for focus are found in other areas like machine material use and fuel consumption.


G4-EN2


a. Report the percentage of recycled input materials used to manufacture the organization's primary products and services.


Steel and iron are the largest materials by weight used in Deere equipment. Parts of these materials are produced utilizing a portion of raw material from recycled sources


Energy


G4-DMA


a. Report why the Aspect is material. Report the impacts that make this Aspect material.

b. Report how the organization manages the material Aspect or its impacts.

c. Report the evaluation of the management approach, including:

  • The mechanisms for evaluating the effectiveness of the management approach
  • The results of the evaluation of the management approach
  • Any related adjustments to the management approach

Safeguarding the environment is nothing new to John Deere. We know that responsible resource management is vital not just to our company and our employees, but also to our customers, our neighbors, and our world. Refer to our Environmental Stewardship information.


G4-EN3


a. Report total fuel consumption from non-renewable sources in joules or multiples, including fuel types used.

b. Report total fuel consumption from renewable fuel sources in joules or multiples, including fuel types used.

c. Report in joules, watt-hours or multiples, the total:

  • Electricity consumption
  • Heating consumption
  • Cooling consumption
  • Steam consumption

d. Report in joules, watt-hours or multiples, the total:

  • Electricity sold
  • Heating sold
  • Cooling sold
  • Steam sold

e. Report total energy consumption in joules or multiples.

f. Report standards, methodologies, and assumptions used.

g. Report the source of the conversion factors used.


Refer to the Carbon Disclosure Response.


G4-EN4


a. Report energy consumed outside of the organization, in joules or multiples.

b. Report standards, methodologies, and assumptions used.

c. Report the source of the conversion factors used.


Refer to the Carbon Disclosure Response.


G4-EN5


a. Report the energy intensity ratio.

b. Report the organization-specific metric (the ratio denominator) chosen to calculate the ratio.

c. Report the types of energy included in the intensity ratio: fuel, electricity, heating, cooling, steam, or all.

d. Report whether the ratio uses energy consumed within the organization, outside of it or both.


Refer to the Carbon Disclosure Response


G4-EN6


a. Report the amount of reductions in energy consumption achieved as a direct result of conservation and efficiency initiatives, in joules or multiples.

b. Report the types of energy included in the reductions: fuel, electricity, heating, cooling, and steam.

c. Report the basis for calculating reductions in energy consumption such as base year or baseline, and the rationale for choosing it.

d. Report standards, methodologies, and assumptions used.


Refer to the Carbon Disclosure Response


G4-EN7


a. Report the reductions in the energy requirements of sold products and services achieved during the reporting period, in joules or multiples.

b. Report the basis for calculating reductions in energy consumption such as base year or baseline, and the rationale for choosing it.

c. Report standards, methodologies, and assumptions used.


Refer to the Carbon Disclosure Response


Water


G4-DMA


a. Report why the Aspect is material. Report the impacts that make this Aspect material.

b. Report how the organization manages the material Aspect or its impacts.

c. Report the evaluation of the management approach, including:

  • The mechanisms for evaluating the effectiveness of the management approach
  • The results of the evaluation of the management approach
  • Any related adjustments to the management approach

Water is a key input to our business processes and we understand that water is critical to many of our customers and their businesses. Deere & Company encourages water usage reduction at our facilities to demonstrate our stewardship to efficient utilization. Availability of good quality freshwater is also important to our customers. Water is an essential input and lever of productivity for agriculture and turf/landscapes. Population growth, urbanization, periodic droughts, and other factors are increasing the competition for freshwater in the United States and around the globe. John Deere supports public policy, which encourages efficient use and reuse of water resources to grow food, fuel, feed, fiber, and turf. John Deere is a provider of products, services, and solutions, which enable the efficient use of water resources.


G4-EN8


a. Report the total volume of water withdrawn from the following sources:

  • Surface water, including water from wetlands, rivers, lakes, and oceans
  • Ground water
  • Rainwater collected directly and stored by the organization
  • Waste water from another organization
  • Municipal water supplies or other water utilities

b. Report standards, methodologies, and assumptions used.


Refer to the Carbon Disclosure Response


G4-EN9


a. Report the total number of water sources significantly affected by withdrawal by type:

  • Size of water source
  • Whether or not the source is designated as a protected area (nationally or internationally)
  • Biodiversity value (such as species diversity and endemism, total number of protected species)
  • Value or importance of water source to local communities and indigenous peoples

b. Report standards, methodologies, and assumptions used.


Refer to the Carbon Disclosure Response


G4-EN10


a. Report the total volume of water recycled and reused by the organization.

b. Report the total volume of water recycled and reused as a percentage of the total water withdrawal reported under Indicator G4-EN8.

c. Report standards, methodologies, and assumptions used.


No material/information not currently available


Emissions


G4-DMA


a. Report why the Aspect is material. Report the impacts that make this Aspect material.

b. Report how the organization manages the material Aspect or its impacts.

c. Report the evaluation of the management approach, including:

  • The mechanisms for evaluating the effectiveness of the management approach
  • The results of the evaluation of the management approach
  • Any related adjustments to the management approach

John Deere strives to reduce the environmental impact of our operations and products. Each manufacturing location incorporates environmental impacts and risks into management decisions. We are focused on energy efficiency and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction.


G4-EN15


a. Report gross direct (Scope 1) GHG emissions in metric tons of CO2 equivalent, independent of any GHG trades, such as purchases, sales, or transfers of offsets or allowances.

b. Report gases included in the calculation (whether CO2, CH4, N2O, HFCs, PFCs, SF6, NF3, or all).

c. Report biogenic CO2 emissions in metric tons of CO2 equivalent separately from the gross direct (Scope 1) GHG emissions.

d. Report the chosen base year, the rationale for choosing the base year, emissions in the base year, and the context for any significant changes in emissions that triggered recalculations of base year emissions.

e. Report standards, methodologies, and assumptions used.

f. Report the source of the emission factors used and the global warming potential (GWP) rates used or a reference to the GWP source.

g. Report the chosen consolidation approach for emissions (equity share, financial control, operational control).


Refer to the Carbon Disclosure Response


G4-EN16


a. Report gross energy indirect (Scope 2) GHG emissions in metric tons of CO2 equivalent, independent of any GHG trades, such as purchases, sales, or transfers of offsets or allowances.

b. Report gases included in the calculation, if available.

c. Report the chosen base year, the rationale for choosing the base year, emissions in the base year, and the context for any significant changes in emissions that triggered recalculations of base year emissions.

d. Report standards, methodologies, and assumptions used.

e. Report the source of the emission factors used and the global warming potential (GWP) rates used or a reference to the GWP source, if available.

f. Report the chosen consolidation approach for emissions (equity share, financial control, operational control).


Refer to the Carbon Disclosure Response


G4-EN17


a. Report gross other indirect (Scope 3) GHG emissions in metric tons of CO2 equivalent, excluding indirect emissions from the generation of purchased or acquired electricity, heating, cooling, and steam consumed by the organization (these indirect emissions are reported in Indicator G4-EN16). Exclude any GHG trades, such as purchases, sales, or transfers of offsets or allowances.

b. Report gases included in the calculation, if available.

c. Report biogenic CO2 emissions in metric tons of CO2 equivalent separately from the gross other indirect (Scope 3) GHG emissions.

d. Report other indirect (Scope 3) emissions categories and activities included in the calculation.

e. Report the chosen base year, the rationale for choosing the base year, emissions in the base year, and the context for any significant changes in emissions that triggered recalculations of base year emissions.

f. Report standards, methodologies, and assumptions used.

g. Report the source of the emission factors used and the global warming potential (GWP) rates used or a reference to the GWP source, if available.


Refer to the Carbon Disclosure Response


G4-EN18


a. Report the GHG emissions intensity ratio.

b. Report the organization-specific metric (the ratio denominator) chosen to calculate the ratio.

c. Report the types of GHG emissions included in the intensity ratio: direct (Scope 1), energy indirect (Scope 2), other indirect (Scope 3).

d. Report gases included in the calculation.


Refer to the Carbon Disclosure Response


G4-EN19


a. Report the amount of GHG emissions reductions achieved as a direct result of initiatives to reduce emissions, in metric tons of CO2 equivalent.

b. Report gases included in the calculation (whether CO2, CH4, N2O, HFCs, PFCs, SF6, NF3, or all).

c. Report the chosen base year or baseline and the rationale for choosing it.

d. Report standards, methodologies, and assumptions used.

e. Report whether the reductions in GHG emissions occurred in direct (Scope 1), energy indirect (Scope 2), other indirect (Scope 3) emissions.


Refer to the Carbon Disclosure Response


G4-EN20


a. Report production, imports, and exports of ODS in metric tons of CFC-11 equivalent.

b. Report substances included in the calculation.

c. Report standards, methodologies, and assumptions used.

d. Report the source of the emission factors used.


Refer to the Carbon Disclosure Response


G4-EN21


a. Report the amount of significant air emissions, in kilograms or multiples for each of the following:

  • NOX
  • SOX
  • Persistent organic pollutants (POP)
  • Volatile organic compounds (VOC)
  • Hazardous air pollutants (HAP)
  • Particulate matter (PM)
  • Other standard categories of air emissions identified in relevant regulations

b. Report standards, methodologies, and assumptions used.

c. Report the source of the emission factors used.


Refer to the Carbon Disclosure Response


Effluents and Waste


G4-DMA


a. Report why the Aspect is material. Report the impacts that make this Aspect material.

b. Report how the organization manages the material Aspect or its impacts.

c. Report the evaluation of the management approach, including:

  • The mechanisms for evaluating the effectiveness of the management approach
  • The results of the evaluation of the management approach
  • Any related adjustments to the management approach

Safeguarding the environment is nothing new to John Deere. We know that responsible resource management is vital not just to our company and our employees, but also to our customers, our neighbors, and our world. Refer to our Environmental Stewardship information.


G4-EN22


a. Report the total volume of planned and unplanned water discharges by:

  • Destination
  • Quality of the water including treatment method
  • Whether it was reused by another organization

b. Report standards, methodologies, and assumptions used.


No material/information not currently available.


G4-EN23


a. Report the total weight of hazardous and non-hazardous waste, by the following disposal methods:

  • Reuse
  • Recycling
  • Composting
  • Recovery, including energy recovery
  • Incineration (mass burn)
  • Deep well injection
  • Landfill
  • On-site storage
  • Other (to be specified by the organization)

b. Report how the waste disposal method has been determined:

  • Disposed of directly by the organization or otherwise directly confirmed
  • Information provided by the waste disposal contractor
  • Organizational defaults of the waste disposal contractor

Refer to our Trucost Response and our Global Citizenship Report for percent of waste recycled.


G4-EN24


a. Report the total number and total volume of recorded significant spills.

b. For spills that were reported in the organization's financial statements, report the additional following information for each such spill:

  • Location of spill
  • Volume of spill
  • Material of spill, categorized by:
    • Oil spills (soil or water surfaces)
    • Fuel spills (soil or water surfaces)
    • Spills of wastes (soil or water surfaces)
    • Spills of chemicals (mostly soil or water surfaces)
    • Other (to be specified by the organization)

c. Report the impacts of significant spills.


Information available but not published.


G4-EN25


a. Report the total weight for each of the following:

  • Hazardous waste transported
  • Hazardous waste imported
  • Hazardous waste exported
  • Hazardous waste treated

b. Report the percentage of hazardous waste shipped internationally.


Refer to our Trucost Response for waste transported and treated. Deere & Company does not ship waste internationally.


G4-EN26


a. Report water bodies and related habitats that are significantly affected by water discharges based on the criteria described in the Compilation section below, adding information on:

  • Size of water body and related habitat
  • Whether the water body and related habitat is designated as a protected area (nationally or internationally)
  • Biodiversity value (such as total number of protected species)

No material/information not currently available.


Products and Services


G4-DMA


a. Report why the Aspect is material. Report the impacts that make this Aspect material.

b. Report how the organization manages the material Aspect or its impacts.

c. Report the evaluation of the management approach, including:

  • The mechanisms for evaluating the effectiveness of the management approach
  • The results of the evaluation of the management approach
  • Any related adjustments to the management approach

John Deere products are designed for efficiency and productivity. By truly understanding your needs and incorporating innovative technology, we're able to offer machines that are not only more productive and more efficient, but also minimize impact on the environment. "Product Sustainability," as its known, is one of the best ways to offer lasting value to our employees, our business, and our world.


G4-EN27


a. Report quantitatively the extent to which environmental impacts of products and services have been mitigated during the reporting period.

b. If use-oriented figures are employed, report the underlying assumptions regarding consumption patterns or normalization factors.


Refer to our Product Sustainability information.


G4-EN28


a. Report the percentage of reclaimed products and their packaging materials for each product category.

b. Report how the data for this Indicator has been collected.


Deere has remanufacturing facilities and promotes recycling, but is not currently reclaiming entire products or packaging for sold products.

CATEGORY: SOCIAL – LABOR PRACTICES & DECENT WORK


Item


Indicator


Indicator Response


Occupational Health and Safety


G4-DMA


a. Report why the Aspect is material. Report the impacts that make this Aspect material.

b. Report how the organization manages the material Aspect or its impacts.

c. Report the evaluation of the management approach, including:

  • The mechanisms for evaluating the effectiveness of the management approach
  • The results of the evaluation of the management approach
  • Any related adjustments to the management approach

John Deere is committed to a safe workplace. That commitment has resulted in John Deere being regularly recognized as a leader in this area. But the commitment goes beyond the workplace. We are focused on each employee's health and welfare on and off the job. Refer to our Workplace Safety information.


G4-LA5


a. Report the level at which each formal joint management-worker health and safety committee typically operates within the organization.

b. Report the percentage of the total workforce represented in formal joint management-worker health and safety committees.


Information available, but not published. 


G4-LA6


a. Report types of injury, injury rate (IR), occupational diseases rate (ODR), lost day rate (LDR), absentee rate (AR) and work-related fatalities, for the total workforce (that is, total employees plus supervised workers), by:

  • Region
  • Gender

b. Report types of injury, injury rate (IR), occupational diseases rate (ODR), lost day rate (LDR), absentee rate (AR) and work-related fatalities for independent contractors working on-site to whom the organization is liable for the general safety of the working environment, by:

  • Region
  • Gender

c. Report the system of rules applied in recording and reporting accident statistics.


Refer to our Global Citizenship Report and Workplace Safety information.


G4-LA7


a. Report whether there are workers who are involved in occupational activities who have a high incidence or high risk of specific diseases.


Information available, but not published. 


G4-LA8


a. Report whether formal agreements (either local or global) with trade unions cover health and safety.

b. If yes, report the extent, as a percentage, to which various health and safety topics are covered by these agreements.


Information available, but not published. 

CATEGORY: SOCIAL – SOCIETY


Item


Indicator


Indicator Response


Anti-Corruption


G4-DMA


a. Report why the Aspect is material. Report the impacts that make this Aspect material.

b. Report how the organization manages the material Aspect or its impacts.

c. Report the evaluation of the management approach, including:

  • The mechanisms for evaluating the effectiveness of the management approach
  • The results of the evaluation of the management approach
  • Any related adjustments to the management approach

Refer to the Deere & Company Code of Business Conduct


G4-SO3


a. Report the total number and percentage of operations assessed for risks related to corruption.

b. Report the significant risks related to corruption identified through the risk assessment.


Analysis of risk is conducted by various areas of the organization, including but not limited to: the business unit itself, the Center for Global Business Conduct, Internal Audit, and the Law Department. Due to the nature of our manufacturing operations, this is a low risk issue.


G4-SO4


a. Report the total number and percentage of governance body members that the organization's anti-corruption policies and procedures have been communicated to, broken down by region.

b. Report the total number and percentage of employees that the organization's anti-corruption policies and procedures have been communicated to, broken down by employee category and region.

c. Report the total number and percentage of business partners that the organization's anti-corruption policies and procedures have been communicated to, broken down by type of business partner and region.

d. Report the total number and percentage of governance body members that have received training on anti-corruption, broken down by region.

e. Report the total number and percentage of employees that have received training on anti-corruption, broken down by employee category and region.


100% of salaried workforce receives training in this area.


G4-SO5


a. Report the total number and nature of confirmed incidents of corruption.

b. Report the total number of confirmed incidents in which employees were dismissed or disciplined for corruption.

c. Report the total number of confirmed incidents when contracts with business partners were terminated or not renewed due to violations related to corruption.

d. Report public legal cases regarding corruption brought against the organization or its employees during the reporting period and the outcomes of such cases.


100% of incidents reported are investigated and resolved appropriately.


Public Policy


G4-DMA


a. Report why the Aspect is material. Report the impacts that make this Aspect material.

b. Report how the organization manages the material Aspect or its impacts.

c. Report the evaluation of the management approach, including:

  • The mechanisms for evaluating the effectiveness of the management approach
  • The results of the evaluation of the management approach
  • Any related adjustments to the management approach

Wherever John Deere operates it does so with a commitment to promote sound public policy in all regions of the world. The company engages with global political leaders and non-governmental organizations to advocate sustainable and fair government policies and practices.

While issues vary from country to country, some of the general issue areas in which John Deere becomes involved include:

  • Ag Productivity
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Infrastructure Development
  • Trade and International Relations

Lobbying disclosure reports for John Deere can be found at:

http://lobbyingdisclosure.house.gov/

http://disclosure.senate.gov/


G4-SO6


a. Report the total monetary value of financial and in-kind political contributions made directly and indirectly by the organization by country and recipient/beneficiary.

b. Report how the monetary value of in-kind contributions was estimated, if applicable.


It is not John Deere's practice to make financial or in-kind political contributions with corporate assets, even when permitted by applicable law. The company complies with all applicable state and federal laws related to the disclosure of lobbying activities.

The Company administers, under federal and state election laws, the John Deere Political Action Committee ("JDPAC"), which is a non-partisan political action committee comprised of the Company's managerial and professional U.S. employees who voluntarily pool their financial resources to support candidates who understand the general business interests of the Company and its employees. Except for administration expenses, JDPAC is funded solely by the Company's employees and is not supported by funds from the Company. JDPAC takes no stance on legislative matters and does not engage in lobbying on specific issues.

Refer to our Code of Business Conduct for information. 

CATEGORY: SOCIETY – PRODUCT RESPONSIBILITY


Item


Indicator


Indicator Response


Customer Health and Safety


G4-DMA


a. Report why the Aspect is material. Report the impacts that make this Aspect material.

b. Report how the organization manages the material Aspect or its impacts.

c. Report the evaluation of the management approach, including:

  • The mechanisms for evaluating the effectiveness of the management approach
  • The results of the evaluation of the management approach
  • Any related adjustments to the management approach

At John Deere, safety is a team effort. Everyone from the engineers who design our products to the workers who assemble them, the dealers who sell them, and the customers who operate them all play a role in product safety. Refer to our consumer Product Safety information. 


G4-PR1


a. Report the percentage of significant product and service categories for which health and safety impacts are assessed for improvement.


Deere's Product Development Process provides for review and consideration of environmental matters from the early stages of technology development through product production and service.


G4-PR2


a. Report the total number of incidents of non-compliance with regulations and voluntary codes concerning the health and safety impacts of products and services within the reporting period, by:

  • Incidents of non-compliance with regulations resulting in a fine or penalty
  • Incidents of non-compliance with regulations resulting in a warning
  • Incidents of non-compliance with voluntary codes

b. If the organization has not identified any non-compliance with regulations and voluntary codes, a brief statement of this fact is sufficient.


Information available, but not published.