Community Relations and Citizenship

Community Relations and Citizenship

We create a positive impact in communities around the world through our innovations and dedication to corporate citizenship and sustainability.

Across the globe, we are experiencing unprecedented social demands. The world is becoming warmer and more urbanized. Natural resource scarcity like energy and water is pressuring food supplies, health and well-being, and general infrastructure. Aging populations and shifting demographics including increased economic inequality are reshaping the global workforce, and education and skilled labor needs continue to evolve.  

As a company on the forefront of sustainability, Ingersoll Rand excels at reducing the energy intensity in buildings and industrial processes, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, reducing waste of food and other perishable goods, and our ability to generate productivity for our customers. All of these strategies are enabled by our technology and a technical and skilled highly engaged workforce.

In line with our strategy and purpose, Ingersoll Rand makes a significant contribution to societies around the world. We inspire STEM education experiences to fulfill technical workforce needs of the future. We power economic mobility needs that span the communities where we operate and serve. And we increase access to well-being needs like food, water, shelter, climate comfort and mobility -- which are directly in line with the heating and cooling, temperature control, industrial products and zero emission vehicles we deliver.

  • Our community investments and initiatives align to our brands and our purpose to connect complex machinery, homes and buildings, and vehicles with people and their environments.
  • Our aim is to put more back into society than we take out, applying our products, services and expertise to reduce climate impacts and food waste while improving the quality of life and strengthening operational productivity.
  • Our people are thinking bigger, acting bolder as they use their knowledge, resources and time to volunteer locally and make their communities better places to live and work.

Our Impact

Our citizenship priorities leverage our core business strengths and deliver both social and business benefits. Aligned with four of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – Climate Action (SDG 13), Quality Education (SDG 4), Gender Equality (SDG 5), Zero Hunger (SDG 2) and Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG 11) – our priorities help us contribute to the work of governments and communities and other businesses around the world.

At the same time, our work delivers business benefits by expanding business opportunities, creating human resources benefits through stronger employer reputation and retention, and improving stakeholder relations with our communities and employees.  

Climate Action: Expanding Competency in Energy and Resource Efficiency 

As part of our citizenship goals, we are committed to sharing our expertise and advice with 200 energy officials in developing regions to help them create more efficient, sustainable and economic options. By creating awareness about the environmental and economic benefits of resource efficiency, we drive uptake in sustainable options and grow the demand for our energy efficient products and services. 

Quality Education: Inspiring STEM Education 

The skills and education gap resulting from global economic shifts and ongoing advances in technology is bad for business and the health of our local communities. Our focus on advancing STEM education creates opportunities for economic mobility and is an essential investment in the future of our workforce. We are committed to 100 community colleges and technical schools, and sponsoring 20,000 women in STEM-related activities, which is important for bringing new perspectives to our field and company.

Working Towards Zero Hunger and Sustainable Cities and Communities  

For Ingersoll Rand, our commitment to building better environments extends all the way from the products we create to how we improve the communities where our employees and customers live and work. By 2020, we aim to provide food and nutrition education to 200,000 children and dedicate 40,000 employee volunteer hours toward housing and shelter.

Our Volunteerism and Green Teams

Winning culture is one of our three company strategies with employee engagement being one of the most important outcomes. Our employees are thinking bigger and acting bolder as they use their time and apply their unique expertise to volunteer locally and make their communities better places to live and work.

Our employee-led volunteer Green Teams are focused on reducing Ingersoll Rand’s environmental footprint, improving overall operations and taking part in community projects like Habitat for Humanity Builds and park clean-ups that help the environment, increase capacity and advance the quality of life. Sites with Green Teams consistently score higher on engagement surveys. This data was published in Andy Savitz’ book “Talent, Transformation, and the Triple Bottom Line.”

Employee and Community Engagement Data

  • 38% of employees globally participated in community or sustainability initiatives in 2018
  • Employees volunteered more than 30,492 hours of their time; equivalent to $752,847
  • The Ingersoll Rand Foundation donated more than $4,262,499 in philanthropic gifts to community partners

Community Relations News Stories

October 30, 2019

Ingersoll Rand Employees Participate in Global Challenge for Fifth Year

October 18, 2019

Trane Leaders Host Career Workshop, Present Grant to Urban League of Central Carolinas

October 11, 2019

Charlotte-area Employees Join American Heart Association for Walk to Fight Against Heart Disease

July 19, 2019

Steve Hagood Elected to Project Scientist Board of Directors