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Citizenship and Sustainability

We support higher living standards and a sustainable environment for people everywhere through our commitment to those linked to the land.

Citizenship Focus Areas

Social Responsibility

Solutions for World Hunger

Throughout our history, John Deere has helped our customers meet the challenge of feeding the world through advanced products and services. As global population and demand for food continues to grow, we are focused on improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers by increasing their agricultural production and use of mechanization, thus helping create distinctive and sustainable solutions for world hunger. Specifically, we support projects in the areas of farmer training, value-chain enhancement, and microfinance services through such partners as TechnoServe, PYXERA Global, and Mercy Corps.

Social Responsibility

Education

As one of our core values, innovation is critical to John Deere's success. But for innovation to thrive, there must be dynamic educational opportunities to teach and inspire our next generation of innovators. Therefore, we invest in projects that offer stimulating, rewarding, and pioneering educational experiences for youth, particularly in our home communities.

In particular, we want to inspire youth to reach their greater potential by improving secondary school graduation rates among at-risk young people in our home communities. We also aspire to increase the number of youth in our home communities who earn engineering, IT, and agriculture degrees, as well as who pursue ag industry careers.

Some examples of our partners include iJAG, FIRST Robotics, Project Lead the Way, Junior Achievement, and FFA.

Social Responsibility

Community Development

With facilities throughout the world, we understand the important economic impact John Deere makes in our many home communities. Operating a successful business not only supports our employees and others, but creates rich and diverse opportunities for creating economically strong, vibrant, and resilient home communities.

Key partners we support in this area include local United Ways and the organizations they support, Global Communities, food banks, and the American Red Cross.

John Deere Journal

John Deere Journal

See how John Deere is improving the quality of life for people around the world.

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Citizenship and Sustainability Videos

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Through our global volunteerism program, employees are empowered to make a difference in their communities. Our goal of one million recorded volunteer hours by 2022 supports our commitment to achieve higher and sustainable living standards around the world. Click through the images below to see our employees in action.

These goals address our commitment to an ever-changing world and the need to protect its most valuable resources – both natural and human.

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Rows of corn planted so as not to compete with one another

Our Environment, Health, and Safety Policy

We operate in a manner that protects our employees, customers, communities, suppliers, and the environment.

Recognitions and Awards 2018

Best Global Brands – Interbrand
World’s Most Ethical Companies – Ethisphere Institute
Top 10 Innovative Company in U.S. – American Innovation Index
Corporate Partner of the Year – National Society of Black Engineers

Top Employer recognition in:
Spain (Top Employers Institute)
Germany (Focus magazine)
Brazil (Great Place to Work Institute)

Top 5 Safest Companies – John Deere Iberica, Spain (Business Monitor of Excellence in Prevention, Safety, and Health)
Best of the Automotive Sector – Brazil (AutoData)
Brand of the Year -- Brazil (Fenabrave)
The Big and the Best Ones – John Deere Financial, Brazil (EXAME magazine)
Value 1000 – John Deere Financial, Brazil (Valor Econômico newspaper)
Socially Responsible Company – Mexico (Mexican Center for Philanthropy)
Best Working Mother Companies Award in Mexico – Working Mothers Mexico Institute
LGBTQ ERG of the Year Finalist – Rainbow Employee Resource Group

Recognition and Awards 2017
World’s Most Ethical Companies – Ethisphere Institute
Top Employers in GermanyFocus magazine
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Citizens Award
Top 100 Global Brands – Interbrand
Company of the Year – Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award – Junior Achievement USA
50 Best Places to Work in the U.S. – Indeed.com
Most Innovative Companies in BrazilValor Economico newspaper
SIMA Innovation Awards – Paris International Agribusiness Show
Agritechnica Innovation Awards – German Agricultural Society

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