Cummins to invest more than $10M on female empowerment initiative

Cummins Inc. announced plans Thursday for a new multi-million dollar initiative intended to empower more women and girls around the world.

The Columbus-based engine maker said it will invest more than $10 million to partner with eight not-for-profits that do work in more than 10 different countries “to make a larger, more sustainable and long-lasting impact.”

The program, which the company describes as its “most ambitious community initiative ever,” is called Cummins Powers Women. It will focus on areas where there are significant barriers preventing women from advancing and will help fund leadership training and development programs.

In the United States, Cummins is partnering with Girls Inc., but it’s unclear exactly how the funds will be divided. It’s unknown whether Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis will be directly involved.

The other not-for-profits involved include Rosa Fund in the United Kingdom; Save the Children in Germany; China Women’s Development Foundation in China; Rise Up in Africa, Latin America and India; Camfed, the Campaign for Female Education, in Ghana; CARE Australia in Cambodia; and Girls Academy in Australia.

“One way we seek to better communities is by investing in programs that improve the lives of women and girls,” Cummins Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger said in a written statement. “We’ve seen firsthand the positive transformation that happens when we ensure diversity and inclusion within our organization, bringing more women into our business at every level.”

The announcement comes in conjunction with Cummins' second global Women’s Conference for Leadership on Thursday and Friday in Indianapolis. The conference promotes gender diversity and inclusion in the workplace. The company said women account for 35 percent of its leadership team.

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