Corporate Citizenship

Building Pathways to Sustainable Futures

At Trane Technologies, we believe that we have a duty to contribute to the well-being of our communities and the health of our planet. We’re leading the way with our citizenship strategy, Sustainable Futures. The strategy focuses on three pillars designed to help underrepresented communities: Enhance learning environments, advance student success, create pathways to green and STEM careers. To align with this approach, we’ve recently adjusted our 2030 goals to make them even more ambitious.

Key Stats


In total 2020 philanthropic giving


Raised through charitable fundraising — a 300% increase over 2019


Number of Trane Technologies employees who volunteered in 2020

Sustainable Futures

Sustainable Futures is focused on helping under-represented communities in three key areas: enhancing learning environments by ensuring access to healthy indoor air and healthy foods; introducing green and STEM curricula throughout students’ journeys; and providing pathways to green and STEM careers. Together with employee volunteers, and our network of non-profit partners, we’re building stronger communities and a more sustainable world.

According to World Inequality Database on Education, in 58 out of 133 countries, fewer than half of young people have not completed upper secondary school. We know that careers in the STEM field are growing and typically pay a living wage. By first shoring up student’s basic needs, like food and air quality, and then building pathways to solid careers, we are providing them tools for better lives, and helping to create a better world. One in which no one goes hungry, and all communities have the support and opportunities they need to thrive in both local and global economies. What’s more, our efforts will cultivate the knowhow and passion for community stewardship in future generations that will ensure a more sustainable future.

Our 2030 Sustainability Commitments

We’ve revised – and grown – our 2030 Sustainability Commitments to reflect our new Sustainable Futures strategy. We will:

  • Invest $100 million in building sustainable futures for under-represented students 
  • Dedicate 500,000 employee volunteer hours in our communities

Focus Areas

In conjunction with our new Sustainable Futures strategy, we are partnering with a growing list of community organizations whose expertise, success and deep local connections are vital for success. Together, we will focus on supporting underrepresented populations in three key areas: enhancing learning environments, advancing student success, and opening pathways to green and STEM careers.

Enhance Learning Environments: We know that clean air and full stomachs make for stronger students and these partnerships help us address both needs. 

  • Habitat for Humanity: “Indoor Climate and Maintenance Education” (I-CLIME) program is a series of educational resources for Habitat homeowners that teaches strategies for energy efficiency and indoor air quality
  • Feeding America: A partnership with Thermo King called We Move Food provides support to hunger relief organizations globally through direct grants, special pricing on transport refrigeration products and maintenance, access to training and expertise and volunteerism

“Without refrigerated trucks and units like the ones furnished by Thermo King, we couldn’t keep that produce, and that meat, and that milk, and those eggs cold and get them to the eventual destination — which is to help a family or a senior in need.” 

Kay Carter, CEO, Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina

Advance Student Success: Starting early, these partnerships introduce elementary school-aged students to concepts we believe will make them stronger learners and create lifelong relationships with sustainability concepts.

  • Climate Generation: Climate solutions education to prepare students to be ambassadors of the planet
  • Project Drawdown: An initiative to engage and inspire understanding and connection to the science behind climate solutions

Pathways to Green and STEM Careers: To advance STEM education and career options so the next generation can thrive in the workforce, we are partnering with esteemed educational organizations such as: 

  • NC3: STEM certification programs for educators who train thousands of students every year for success in STEM careers
  • Project Scientist: Fun, experiential learning programs including labs, camps and clubs to help girls imagine a future in STEM
  • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE): Free three-day summer program for more than 1,300 Black students in grades 3 to 5 who gain exposure to people, concepts and careers in engineering

“As educational systems struggled this past year, Trane Technologies’ support helped keep science and technology, engineering, and mathematics alive, providing hands-on learning for students in three counties, and making STEM a household term for a greater diversity of families.”

Dr. Rochelle L. Williams, Senior Director of Programs, NSBE

Governance and Transparency 

Our continuing commitment to governance and transparency means we employ best-practice processes and technologies that ensure our adherence with the rule of law, and also deliver measurable impacts and long-term value for both Trane Technologies and the communities we serve.

Our Foundation Council is a diverse and well-resourced team that provides rigorous oversight and is critical to the efficacy of our corporate citizenship programs. Throughout the year, it informs our strategy, helps us mitigate our exposure to risk and ensures alignment with the company’s values. The Council provides guidance on our strategic plans, reviews grant requests in excess of $10,000, and it extends the reach and impact of corporate citizenship programs and ideas throughout the organization.

In 2020, we initiated the formation of international advisory teams that lean on the Foundation Charter to deliver consistent and disciplined oversight to our corporate citizenship efforts around the world. 

Global Contributions

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic included decreases in giving and employee volunteerism time along with its corresponding value.  Yet, there was no shortage of passion among our team. 49% of our employees participated in corporate citizenship initiatives in 2020, a 13% increase over 2019. Our charitable fundraising also tripled from 2019 and 2020, resulting in more than $3 million being raised.

Global Contributions 

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Trane Technologies Foundation donations to community partners
Total Philanthropic Giving

Employee & Community Engagement Data

49% of employees globally participated in community or sustainability initiatives in 2020
13% increase year over year in philanthropic giving