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Corporate Citizenship

Building pathways to sustainable futures

At Trane Technologies, our employees are passionate about contributing to a sustainable future.

What we choose to invest in today can transform tomorrow by helping young people to dream big and to live out those dreams. As part of our 2030 Sustainability Commitments, we’re investing $100 million and 500,000 employee volunteer hours over the next decade in a generation of learners with the potential to transform our way of life – and our world.

The three pillars of the Sustainable Futures strategy are focused on uplifting and engaging students from underrepresented communities throughout their educational journeys:

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Enhance Learning Environments
  • Indoor Environmental Quality solutions and expertise for healthy homes and classrooms optimize learning.
  • Access to healthy food and medicines for students and their families for improved wellness.
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Accelerate Student Success
  • Introduction of STEM and sustainability concepts to under-represented populations.
  • Enhanced childhood literacy to build skills and love of learning.
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Open Career Pathways

  • Improved perception and familiarity with manufacturing, engineering, and technical careers.
  • More entryways for diverse workers to access green and STEM professions.

Engaging Employees

Giving back is central to Trane Technologies’ culture, and our people are passionate when it comes to volunteerism. In 2021, 10,748 team members across the globe completed 30,041 volunteer hours in their local communities.

We work to make every volunteer hour meaningful by creating opportunities that support community needs while leveraging our teams’ greatest strengths. In the last year, volunteers from our manufacturing floors used their expertise in Lean principles to significantly improve through-rates at a partner non-profit's COVID-19 vaccine distribution center, and team members from our operations in Latin America worked across time zones to mentor Spanish-speaking students in the U.S. as they explored a career in STEM.

To support our people in giving back to their communities, we launched a Global Volunteer Time program in 2021 that provides a full paid workday for salaried employees to participate in volunteer activities. A similar program is now being launched for our hourly people around the world. And to further our commitment to serving our communities, we hold ourselves accountable by incorporating these tenets into our annual performance assessments. Read more about employee objectives.

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Employee & Community Engagement Data


2019
2020
2021
Percent of employees globally who volunteered in community or sustainability initiatives
36%
49%
31%
Volunteer participants
17,044
15,811
10,748
Hours volunteered
31,682
20,559
30,041
Value of employee volunteering time during paid working hours
$805,673
$548,284
$784,371

Partnering for Success

To advance our Sustainable Futures strategy, we partner with numerous non-profit organizations around the world whose local expertise and relationships help us maximize our impact within each community. Vital to our partner selection process is their ability to create unique and meaningful connections to strengthen outcomes for underrepresented students and communities. In 2021, we continued to build new community partnerships and strengthen our capacity in all three pillars of our Sustainable Futures strategy with the help of some incredible partners.

 

Feeding America

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Feeding America, a nationwide network of food banks, and our Thermo King business collaborate on a program called We Move Food to provide support to hunger relief organizations globally. We provide direct grants, special pricing on transport refrigeration products and maintenance, and volunteer hours from our employees to support local food pantries. This year, we expanded the program model to include education from our experts on the impact of food transport to help food systems run more effectively and efficiently.

NC3

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We are a founding sponsor of NC3, a U.S. network of dedicated trade industry professionals that provide teachers and students in over 1,000 U.S. schools with competitive Career and Technical Education certifications at no cost. Trane Technologies’ sponsorship includes grant funding and certifications in Data Analytics, residential HVAC, and Building Automation Systems.

Redeem Detroit

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Redeem Detroit launched in 2010 to provide vocational training and career placement to help people create viable pathways out of poverty. More than a decade later, scores of at-risk youth and young single moms credit Redeem Detroit for giving them the tools to create stable lives. This year, we helped them with grant dollars from the Trane Technologies Foundation and donated HVAC equipment and training from local Trane Technologies engineers, putting Redeem’s students on the pathway to skilled and lucrative careers that can help them transform their communities. 

Carolina Panthers STEM Challenge

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In partnership with the Carolina Panthers football organization, we held a STEM contest during which students from six North and South Carolina schools worked with young professionals from our Advanced Development Program to imagine and design a professional stadium of the future. Each team developed an impressive physical model using advanced sustainability concepts which was judged by a panel of industry leaders, including two of our senior executives. The competition was so intense the judging panel made a call on the spot to award all six schools with cash prizes. Read more about the Challenge.

Digi Bridge

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In 2021 Trane Technologies supported North Carolina-based non-profit, Digi Bridge in developing new STEAMLabs in four Title 1 schools in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools district where students learn advanced skills in cyber security, coding and robotics, data visualization, and more.

Teen Turn

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Teen Turn is an award-winning non-profit with programs that excite the imaginations of teenage girls by introducing them to dynamic women in STEM, opening their eyes to STEM professions, and ultimately placing them in exciting STEM careers. This year, our Thermo King team in Europe partnered with Teen Turn to introduce girls to the world of transport refrigeration. One student is going on to pursue her degree in Automation and Robotics at the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, thanks to sponsorship from Thermo King Europe.

Governance

Our Sustainable Futures strategy and our Trane Technologies Foundation are governed by a Global Corporate Citizenship Council, comprising leaders from across the organization who are selected for their commitment to service, knowledge of our business, and ability to engage our teams. Of these leaders, 60% identify as women or racially or ethnically diverse. The Global Council ensures strategy alignment with company purpose and principles, oversees planned initiatives, reviews grant requests in North America, helps mitigate exposure to risk, and inspires employee engagement in our community outreach programs. Three Regional Corporate Citizenship Councils work in conjunction with the Global Council to enable consistent global execution of our corporate citizenship strategy, providing local direction of the programs and activities in Asia Pacific; Europe, the Middle East and Africa; and Latin America. Like the Global Council, each Regional Council benefits from the participation of senior local business and functional leaders who provide expert guidance and coordination for teams around the world.

Global Contributions

In 2021, we increased our philanthropic giving by 5% from 2020 to a total of over $11 million. Our dedication to our communities will continue in the years to come. See more metrics in our ESG Data Center.

Global Contributions


2019
2020
2021
Charitable fundraising
$1,007,855
$3,170,136
$1,692,459
Charitable contributions
$1,818,910
$1,048,499
$2,235,053
In-kind giving
$415,502
$969,319
$1,442,378
Administrative overheads
$150,407
$88,893
$103,709
Trane Technologies Foundation donations to community partners
$5,455,080
$5,108,779
$5,214,266
Total philanthropic giving
$9,653,427
$10,933,910
$11,472,236
Percent increase year over year in philanthropic giving
-
13%
5%
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