Jenny has always strived to support outsiders and create a sense of community. As President of Lambda Australia, Caterpillar’s LGBTQIA+ Employee Resource Group (ERG), his goal is to illuminate the perspective of LGBTQIA+ employees and energize allies in the community.
“I think it’s important to create a space where people are accepted for who they are,” Jennie said. “The more we can show that we value diversity, the more we show some employees that they are welcome.”
Outside of Lambda, Jen’s role at Caterpillar is to help our customers embrace technology. So last year, while working on building a relationship with our client, Newmont, he came up with an idea: what if we put visible markings on a car on the client’s property?
It turns out that all it took for this to happen was a simple matter. After the idea was put forward for discussion, Newmont’s LGBTKIA+ERG organization, Embrace, arranged a rainbow paint job for a new Cat®793F autonomous mining truck at an open pit gold mine in Boddington, Australia.
ONE SIMPLE IDEA. A BIG SIGN OF SUPPORT
How does Cat Mining Truck Body Paint support turning on? From Newmont’s point of view, transparency is considered one of the first steps towards eliminating discrimination. For members of the LGBTIQ+ community, visible signs of inclusion have been shown to contribute to a greater sense of identity validation.
“The display may seem insignificant, but it means a lot to those in the know,” Jennie said.
“He personally makes me smile every time I see him run,” added a Newmont employee.
Since then, truck images have been used by Newmont around the world, serving as a visual representation of the company’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. While this visibility gives the LGTKIA+ community a sense of belonging, the rainbow body also sends a strong message to employees, business partners, and the wider community that Newmont, like Caterpillar, is committed to driving change and supporting all people.
THE DEAL AND TECHNOLOGY BEHIND THE RAINBOW
The rainbow truck was deployed at the Boddington mine in Newmont, the first self-propelled fleet gold mine to be discovered, just in time to celebrate the company’s 100th anniversary. The truck was the first implementation of a three-phase plan to integrate four Cat®793F autonomous mining trucks. Newmont has invested in this step-by-step approach to use stringent security controls that reduce employee exposure to potential vehicle interactions and increase productivity.
Boddington is located 120 kilometers from the capital of Western Australia, Perth and is the largest gold mine in Western Australia. Cat® MineStar™ Transport System Efficiency Command is expected to extend mine life by at least two years.
Autonomy and automation is just one example of how our services help our customers succeed, and the Newmont Rainbow Car is a great example of how our products and technologies can be combined with innovation and inclusion.
UNITED BY OUR VALUES: DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION AT CATERPILLAR
At Caterpillar, we believe that everyone can be a source of innovation and competitive advantage. We are proud that our people come from all over the world, with different educations, experiences and views. The different way our people think and make decisions makes us stronger.
We know that by working together we can achieve better results than any of us alone. We are united by our values in action and collectively committed to our goal of helping our clients build a better and more sustainable world.