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Environmental Stewardship

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Occupational Safety

Workplace health and safety is our priority. We work to achieve safety excellence through increased focus on leading indicators, risk reduction, health and safety management systems, and prevention.

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Sustainable Energy Use

Change requires action. That’s why we’ve committed to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 15 percent by using 50 percent renewable electricity and upholding an excellence in energy efficiency.

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Increase Recycling

Every year, we make more progress on percentage of waste recycled. Now, we’re committed to the bold goal of recycling 85 percent of total waste.

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Using Water Responsibly

Water. We can’t live (or do business) without it. With such a critical resource, we’ve planned to implement best management practices in 100 percent of water-scarce manufacturing locations.

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Sustainable Products

We’ve committed to reducing environmental impact, including CO2 emissions, on 90 percent of our new products. Additionally, we will increase the use of sustainable materials and rebuild sales by 30 percent and by increasing recyclable, renewable, and recycled content.

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Product Life Cycle Assessment

Using a “Life Cycle Assessment,” we carefully examine every stage of our products’ life cycles, looking for ways to reduce the environmental footprint while improving their performance and durability.

Raw materials: We minimize the impact of the raw materials in our products.

Manufacturing: From manufacturing parts through assembly and shipment to our customers, we strive for the smallest possible environmental footprint.

Use: We reduce the environmental impact of using our products by maximizing fuel efficiency, productivity, and other key operating factors.

Recycling: We design our products for longevity, but when they reach the end of their useful lives, they often begin a second life as recycled materials.

 

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We follow through on our commitment to sustainable practices and environmental stewardship by supporting environmental policies, vigilantly complying with applicable regulations wherever we do business, considering environmental impact in all our business planning, and fostering a culture of eliminating waste.

Environmental Management System

Our environmental policy is integrated into the company's worldwide operations through the John Deere Environmental Management System. This system includes a set of documented processes for controlling and continuously improving environmental performance based on the ISO 14001 standard. Our manufacturing facilities worldwide must follow this standard. A global network of regional environmental managers works within our factories to ensure compliance with regulations and to implement sustainable practices.

Assurance

Each year, all of our manufacturing and parts distribution facility managers provide formal documentation of their efforts to appropriately manage risks and safeguard employees and the environment. Formal audits are also conducted at manufacturing sites based on risk, and internal audits are completed at other sites to verify compliance with the John Deere Environmental Management System standards and local legal requirements around the world. We also record and analyze environmental incidents to focus on continuous improvements in our environmental performance. To ensure proper disposal of waste materials, waste disposal suppliers must be approved prior to use.

For acquisitions and leases of property, we take steps to identify and quantify any environmental risks and liabilities. A formal integration process ensures implementation of the John Deere Environmental Management System at acquired businesses and newly constructed factories.

Global environmental professionals attend regular training, helping them understand complex legal and corporate requirements and vital company processes and procedures.

Furthermore, our leaders provide oversight. A senior-level council of cross-functional leaders provide support, advocacy, and financial resources for operational changes needed to implement environmental strategies. The Board of Directors receives annual updates on strategy in conjunction with a briefing on environment, health, and safety issues.

Suppliers

To ensure suppliers conduct business with a high degree of integrity and in a socially and environmentally responsible manner, all of our suppliers are expected to adhere to our Supplier Code of Conduct.

Environmental compliance is a key expectation of suppliers. They must ensure their operations comply with all laws related to air emissions, water discharges, toxic substances, and hazardous waste disposal. Suppliers are encouraged to conduct their operations in a way that minimizes the impact on natural resources and protects the environment, customers, and employees. We encourage our suppliers to participate in our Achieving Excellence program for suppliers, where their environmental sustainability efforts can be highlighted and recognized by John Deere.

Suppliers' products must comply with the John Deere Restricted Materials List, and they must maintain sufficient knowledge of input materials and components to ensure they were obtained from approved sources, in compliance with laws and regulations. Suppliers may be required to validate this origin.

We proactively monitor suppliers to mitigate risks of a negative impact on human rights, health, or safety, as well as the environment, and we take measures to ensure that our suppliers conduct business in a highly ethical manner.

A risk management tool is in place to monitor supplier risks for compliance, financial health, performance, and event and business continuity planning. The compliance portion of the tool monitors activity related to the Supplier Code of Conduct, compliance to environmental and quality assessments, and all other compliance issues reported through defined channels. This tool allows for improved risk management in the supply chain.

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We follow through on our commitment to sustainable practices and environmental stewardship by supporting environmental policies, vigilantly complying with applicable regulations wherever we do business, considering environmental impact in all our business planning, and fostering a culture of eliminating waste.

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