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GRI Sustainability Index

John Deere supports the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and its efforts to create a global comprehensive sustainability reporting framework. The following report was developed using the GRI G3 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.

Strategy and Analysis


Indicator


Description


Response


1.1


CEO Letter 


Please refer to our Chairman's Message


1.2


Description of key impacts, risks, and opportunities 


Please refer to our Annual Report

Organizational Profile


Indicator


Description


Response


2.1


Name of the organization 


Deere & Company 


2.2


Primary brands, products, and or services 


Please refer to our 10K Report


2.3


Operational structure of the organization including main divisions operating companies subsidiaries and joint ventures 


Please refer to our Worldwide Locations


2.4


Location of organization's headquarters 


Please refer to our Worldwide Locations


2.5


Number of countries where the organization operates 


Please refer to our Worldwide Locations


2.6


Nature of ownership and legal form 


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


2.7


Markets served including geographic breakdown 


Please refer to our 10K Report


2.8


Scale of the reporting organization 


Please refer to our Annual Report


2.9


Significant changes during the reporting period 


Please refer to our Financial Data


2.10


Awards received in reporting period 


Please refer to our News & Events

Report Parameters


Indicator


Description


Response


3.1


Reporting period 


Information in the 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 the 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. 


3.2


Date of most recent previous report  


Please refer to our Global Citizenship Report


3.3


Reporting cycle 


The reporting cycle is annual, but the report narrative can contain information for the fiscal and calendar years previous to and including the publication date of the report. For example, the 2011 report narrative can contain information on activities and events that occurred in fiscal and calendar years 2010 and 2011. See 3.1. 


3.4


Contact point for questions regarding the report 

 

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

3.5


Process for defining report content 


Report content is determined based on John Deere EHS (Environment, Health and Safety) management and citizenship policy (Green Bulletins) in conjunction with GRI core indicators. Materiality is determined based on risk assessments of products and facilities. 


3.6


Boundary of the report 


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. 


3.7


State any specific limitations on the scope or boundary of the report 


Boundary and scope are limited by regulatory policies and competitive, data-collection cost, and privacy considerations. Our strategy is to include information when it is either reported publicly as a matter of law and policy or when it can be reported publicly without materially affecting business operations. 


3.8


Basis for reporting on joint ventures, subsidiaries, leased facilities, outsourced operations, and other entities that can affect comparability 


Report content includes information on subsidiaries, joint ventures in which Deere & Company holds a controlling interest, and facilities under long-term leases that generate significant sustainability impacts. 


3.9


Data measurement techniques and the bases of calculations, including assumptions and techniques underlying estimations applied to the compilation of the Indicators and other information in the report. 


Deere & Company applies standard GRI protocols in data collection and calculations. 


3.10


Explanation of the effect of any re-statements of information provided in earlier reports 


Notice is provided in all cases where previous data is restated. 


3.11


Significant changes from previous reporting periods in the scope, boundary, or measurement methods applied  


None 


3.12


Table identifying the location of the Standard Disclosures  


Please refer to this GRI Index. 


3.13


Policy and current practice with regard to seeking external assurance for the report  


No external assurance is sought or provided for the report. The report is audited as part of the company's internal audit function. 

Governance, Commitments, and Engagement


Indicator


Description


Response


4.1


Governance structure of the organization, including committees under the highest governance body responsible for specific tasks  


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


4.2


Indicate whether the Chair of the highest governance body is also an executive officer  


Please refer to our Board of Directors Biographies


4.3


For organizations having a unitary board structure, state the number of members of the highest governance body that are independent and/or non-executive members 


Please refer to our Board of Directors Biographies


4.4


Mechanisms for shareholders and employees to provide recommendations or direction to the highest governance body  


Shareholders, employees, and customers can contact the Board of Directors through the Presiding Director. Instructions for communication with the Board are also provided in the proxy statement. In addition, the company maintains a confidential hotline for employee reporting of noncompliance which is reviewed by management and may be reviewed by the Board. 


4.5


Linkage between compensation for members of the highest governance body, senior managers, and executives and the organization's performance 


Not material; information not currently available. 


4.6


Processes in place for the highest governance body to ensure conflicts of interest are avoided  


Please refer to our Code of Ethics


4.7


Process for determining the qualifications and expertise of the members of the highest governance bodies 


Please refer to our Corporate Governance/Policies


4.8


Internally developed statements of mission or values, codes of conduct, and principles relevant to economic, environmental and social performance and the status of their implementation 


Please refer to our Core Values, Corporate Governance, Citizenship


4.9


Procedures of the highest governance body for overseeing the organization's identification and management of economic, environmental, and social performance 


Please refer to our Board of Directors Committee Charters


4.10


Processes for evaluating the highest governance body's own performance, particularly with respect to economic, environmental and social performance  


Please refer to our Board of Directors Committee Charters


4.11


Explanation of whether and how the precautionary approach or principle is addressed by the organization. 


The precautionary principle is not directly addressed in any publications by Deere. General risk mitigation strategies are discussed in the Annual Report


4.12


Externally developed economic, environmental, and social charters  


John Deere is not involved in any external economic, environmental or social charters. 


4.13


Memberships in associations and/or national, international advocacy 


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.

Please see John Deere's Code of Business Conduct for more information. 


4.14


List of stakeholder groups  


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. Please refer to our Code of Business Conduct


4.15


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. 


4.16


Approaches to stakeholder engagement, including frequency of engagement by type and by stakeholder groups 


Not material; information not currently available. 


4.17


Key topics and concerns that have been raised through stakeholder engagement and how the organization has responded  


Not material; information not currently available. 

Environmental


Indicator


Description


Response


EN1


Materials used by weight or volume  


Not material; information not currently available. 


EN2


Percentage of materials used that are recycled input materials. 


Not material; information not currently available. 


EN3


Direct energy consumption by primary energy source  


Please refer to the Carbon Disclosure Project


EN4


Indirect energy consumption by primary source 


Please refer to the Carbon Disclosure Project


EN5


Energy saved due to conservation and efficiency improvements 


Please refer to the Carbon Disclosure Project


EN6


Initiatives to provide energy-efficient or renewable energy based products and services, and reductions in energy requirements as a result of these initiatives 


Please refer to the Carbon Disclosure Project


EN7


Initiatives to reduce indirect energy consumption and reductions achieved 


Please refer to the Carbon Disclosure Project


EN8


Total water withdrawal by source  


Please refer to the Carbon Disclosure Project


EN9


Water sources significantly affected by withdrawal of water 


Not material; information not currently available. 


EN10


Percentage and total volume of water recycled and reused 


Not material; information not currently available. 


EN11


Location and size of land owned, leased, managed in, or adjacent to, protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas 


Not material; information not currently available. 


EN12


Description of significant impacts of activities, product, and services on biodiversity in protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas. 


Not material; information not currently available. 


EN13


Habitats protected or restored 


Not material; information not currently available. 


EN14


Strategies, current actions, and future plans for managing impacts on biodiversity 


Not material; information not currently available. 


EN15


Number of IUCN Red List species and national conservation list species with habitats in areas affected by operations, by level of extinction risk 


Not material; information not currently available. 


EN16


Total direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions by weight  


Please refer to the Carbon Disclosure Project


EN17


Other relevant indirect greenhouse gas emissions by weight 


Please refer to the Carbon Disclosure Project


EN18


Initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reductions achieved.  


Please refer to the Carbon Disclosure Project


EN19


Emissions of ozone-depleting substances by weight 


Not material; information not currently available. 


EN20


NO, SO, and other significant air emissions by type and weight 


Please refer to the Carbon Disclosure Project


EN21


Total water discharge by quality and destination 


Please refer to the Carbon Disclosure Project


EN22


Total weight of waste by type and disposal method  


Please refer to our Global Citizenship Report; total waste provided but not broken down by disposal method. 


EN23


Total number and volume of significant spills 


Information available, but not published. 


EN24


Weight of transported, imported, exported, or treated waste deemed hazardous under the terms of the Basel Convention Annex I, II, III, and VIII, and percentage of transported waste shipped internationally 


Deere & Company does not ship waste internationally. 


EN25


Identity, size, protected status, and biodiversity value of water bodies and related habitats significantly affected by the reporting organization's discharges of water and runoff 


Not material; information not currently available. 


EN26


Initiatives to mitigate environmental impacts of products and services, and extent of impact mitigation  


Please refer to our Citizenship information. 


EN27


Percentage of products sold and their packaging materials that are reclaimed by category 


Not material; information not currently available. 


EN28


Monetary value of significant fines and total number of non-monetary sanctions for non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations  


Information available, but not published. 


EN29


Significant environmental impacts of transporting products and other goods and materials used for organization operations, and transporting members of the workforce  


Not material; information not currently available. 


EN30


Total environmental protection expenditures and investments by type 


Not material; information not currently available. 

Human Rights


Indicator


Description


Response


HR1


Percentage and total number of significant investment agreements that include human rights clauses or that have undergone human rights screening 


Not material; information not currently available. 


HR2


Percentage of significant suppliers and contractors that have undergone screening on human rights and actions taken 


Not material; information not currently available. 


HR3


Total hours of employee training on policies and procedures concerning aspects of human rights that are relevant to operations, including the percentage of employees trained 


Not material; information not currently available. 


HR4


Total number of incidents of discrimination and actions taken 


Not material; information not currently available. 


HR5


Operations identified in which the right to exercise freedom of association and collective bargaining may be at significant risk, and actions taken to support these rights 


Not material; information not currently available. 


HR6


Operations identified as having significant risk for incidents of child labor, and measures taken to contribute to the elimination of child labor 


Not material; information not currently available. 


HR7


Operations identified as having significant risk for incidents of forced labor, and measures to contribute to the elimination of forced or compulsory labor 


Not material; information not currently available. 


HR8


Percentage of security personnel trained in the organization's policies or procedures concerning aspects of human rights that are relevant to operations 


Not material; information not currently available. 


HR9


Total number of incidents of violations involving rights of indigenous people and actions taken 


Not material; information not currently available. 

Labor Practices and Decent Work


Indicator


Description


Response


LA1


Total workforce by employment type, employment contract, and region  


Information available, but not published. 


LA2


Total number and rate of employee turnover by age group, gender, and region 


Information available, but not published. 


LA3


Benefits provided to full-time employees that are not provided to temporary or part-time employees, by operations  


Information available, but not published. 


LA4


Percentage of employees covered by collective bargaining agreements  


Information available, but not published. 


LA5


Minimum notice period(s) regarding operational changes, including whether it is specified in collective agreements 


Information available, but not published. 


LA6


Percentage of total workforce represented in formal joint management-worker health and safety committees that help monitor and advise on occupational health and safety programs 


Information available, but not published. 


LA7


Rates of injury, occupational diseases, lost days, absenteeism, and number of work related fatalities by region  


Please refer to our Workplace Safety


LA8


Education, training, counseling, prevention, and risk control programs in place to assist workforce members, families, or community regarding serious diseases 


Please refer to our Workplace Safety


LA9


Health and safety topics covered in formal agreements with trade unions 


Information available, but not published. 


LA10


Average hours of training per year per employee by employee category  


Information available, but not published. 


LA11


Programs for skills management and lifelong learning that support the continued employability of employees and assist them in managing career endings  


Information available, but not published. 


LA12


Percentage of employees receiving regular performance and career development reviews  


Information available, but not published. 


LA13


Composition of governance bodies and breakdown of employees per category according to gender, age group, minority and other diversity indicators  


Information available, but not published. 


LA14


Ratio of basic salary of men to women by employee category 


Information available, but not published. 

Society


Indicator


Description


Response


SO1


Nature, scope, and effectiveness of any programs and practices that assess and manage the impacts of operations on communities, including entering, operating, and exiting 


Information available, but not published. 


SO2


Percentage and total number of business units analyzed for risks related to corruption 


Analysis of risks is conducted by various areas of the organization, including the Business Unit, Corporate Compliance, Internal Audit, etc. Due to the nature of our manufacturing operations, this is a low risk issue. 


SO3


Percentage of employees trained in organization's anti-corruption policies and procedures 


100% of salaried workforce receives training in this area. 


SO4


Actions taken in response to incidents of corruption 


100% of incidents reported are investigated & resolved appropriately. 


SO5


Public policy positions and participation in public policy development and lobbying  


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/


SO6


Total value of financial and in-kind contributions to political parties, politicians, and related institutions by country 


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.

Please see John Deere's Code of Business Conduct for more information. 


SO7


Total number of legal actions for anti-competitive behavior, anti-trust, and monopoly practices and their outcomes 


Information available, but not published. 


SO8


Monetary value of significant fines and total number of non-monetary sanctions for non-compliance with laws and regulations  


Information available, but not published. 

Product Responsibility


Indicator


Description


Response


PR1


Life cycle stages in which health and safety impacts of products and services are assessed for improvement and percentage of significant products and services categories subject to such procedures 


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. 


PR2


Total number of incidents of non-compliance with regulations and voluntary codes concerning health and safety impacts of products and services during their life cycle, by type of outcomes 


Information available, but not published. 


PR3


Type of product and service information required by procedures, and percentage of significant products and services subject to such information requirements 


Information available, but not published. 

Economic


Indicator


Description


Response


EC1


Direct economic value generated and distributed 


Please refer to our Annual Report


EC2


Financial implications and other risks and opportunities for the organization’s activities due to climate change 


Please refer to the Carbon Disclosure Project


EC3


Coverage of the organization's defined benefit plan obligations 


Please refer to our Benefits


EC4


Significant financial assistance received from government 


Not material; information not currently available. 


EC5


Range of ratios of standard entry level wage compared to local minimum wage at significant locations of operations 


Not material; information not currently available. 


EC6


Policy, practices, and proportion of spending on locally-based suppliers at significant locations of operation 


Not material; information not currently available. 


EC7


Procedures for local hiring and proportion of senior management hired from the local community at locations of significant operation 


Not material; information not currently available. 


EC8


Development and impact of infrastructure investments and services provided primarily for public benefit through commercial, in-kind, or pro-bono engagement 


Please refer to our Philanthropy page


EC9


Understanding and describing significant indirect economic impacts, including the extent of impacts. 


Not material; information not currently available.