MOLINE, Ill., April 2 /CNW/ -- Deere & Company has published its 2006
Global Citizenship Report, "Performance That Endures." The report is
available on the company's Web site ( http://www.JohnDeere.com ). It outlines
John Deere's approach to governance, ethics and compliance, environmental,
health and safety protection, and philanthropy, and is the first time Deere
has published this information in a single, comprehensive report. Printed
reports can be ordered through the Web site.
Robert W. Lane, chairman and chief executive officer, said the report
reflects John Deere's commitment to treating people and the environment with
respect. "How we get results is as important as the results we get," he said.
"At John Deere, we believe performance that endures is possible, in great
part, because our corporate citizenship integrates the interests of
shareholders, customers, employees, suppliers, dealers and communities. This
is how we grow a great business."
The report documents the company's citizenship performance, such as its
aggressive workplace safety goal -- zero injuries -- showing that, at the end
of fiscal year 2006, there were 26 John Deere facilities that had each worked
more than a million hours without a lost-time injury. The report also
outlines how the John Deere Foundation, the company's chief philanthropic arm,
has doubled its annual giving over the past three years and anticipates
awarding grants and gifts totaling $12 million in 2007. In addition, the
report points out that between 1972 and 2006 energy conservation programs
reduced Deere's total greenhouse gas emissions by 63 percent per ton of
Lane said Deere's approach to citizenship around the world helps the
company attract and retain the best talent, gives customers reason to be loyal
to the company's products and services, enriches the experience of dealers and
suppliers, supports the quality of life in the communities in which employees
live and work, helps protect the environment and preserve precious resources,
and delivers a valuable return to investors.
John Deere (Deere & Company) (NYSE: DE) is the world's leading provider
of advanced products and services for agriculture and forestry and a major
provider of advanced products and services for construction, lawn and turf
care, landscaping and irrigation. John Deere also provides financial services
worldwide and manufactures and markets engines used in heavy equipment. Since
it was founded in 1837, the company has extended its heritage of integrity,
quality, commitment and innovation around the globe.
For further information:
For further information: Mary Leonard, Manager, News Services, Deere &
Company, +1-309-765-4106 Web Site: http://www.JohnDeere.com