Take Action: Caterpillar
Learn more about strategies being used by existing campaigns targeting Caterpillar around the world in order to build your own corporate accountability campaign. The initiatives described below can aid in your own attempt to change corporate policies and educate the public.
- Recent Victories!!
In March, Caterpillar was removed from the Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) World Socially Repsonsible Index. In May, the Friends Fiduciary, a Quaker instituion, divested $900,000 worth of shares in Caterpillar. In June, TIAA-CREF, a major pension fund, removed Caterpillar from its Social Choice Funds portfolio. Continue this momentum by encouraging others to divest from Caterpillar!
- Groups campaigning against Caterpillar and the tools that they are using:
Jewish Voice for Peace is heavily involved in Caterpillar divestment, and JVP representatives speak for the need to divest from companies such as Caterpillar at shareholder meetings. They have a letter to the Caterpillar Board of Directors protesting Caterpillar’s actions in the occupied territories and a petition calling for the TIAA-CREF pension fund to divest from companies complicit in the occupation, including Caterpillar, which has contributed to the recent vistory where TIAA-CREF removed Caterpillar from its portfolio. They encourage people who own Caterpillar stock to attend annual shareholder meetings and speak out against this company’s crimes.
The U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation also has a petition to the Obama Administration calling for an end to the delivery of D9 bulldozers to the Israeli military, and to investigate Israel's violations of U.S. laws with Caterpillar equipment.
Several universities have either launched or passed resolutions to divest from Caterpillar as well as several other companies: Hampshire College, Evergreen State College, and Earlham College.
- Educate the public about Caterpillar’s complicity in Israel’s war crimes
You can begin by searching for Caterpillar contracts in your own community. Ask your local municipality, your school, your church or community, what contracts it has with Caterpillar and when they terminate or are up for renewal. Educational methods include letter writing, contacting local municipalities, presentations at local township meetings, involving the media, petitions, demonstrations, and presenting legal challenges with the help of legal counsel.
Here are two fliers that can aid you in this endeavor:
Caterpillar Flier 1
Caterpillar Flier 2