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AEM establishes sustainability council


October 15, 2020
By Rock to Road Staff

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As part of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) steadfast commitment to building on the momentum of a sustainable future, AEM has announced the establishment of a Sustainability Council comprised of leaders from member companies.

The council will help advance member companies’ efforts in addressing issues of sustainability and to provide a framework for the adoption of best practices and innovation.

“Our members are committed to supporting a sustainable world by serving as a catalyst for conversation and innovation in the manufacturing industry,” said Curt Blades, senior vice president of Ag Services at AEM. “The Sustainability Council will work to spark ideas for establishing sustainability priorities for the equipment manufacturing industry and provide a framework that supports best practices for a more viable world.”

AEM is committed to supporting a sustainable world by serving as a catalyst for conversation and innovation in the equipment manufacturing industry, and has worked to address societal and safety issues on behalf of the industry. This includes: 

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Health and well-being of the industry Leading the effort on equipment safety through our safety materials programs, enabling the development of worldwide standards on topics related to seat belts, Roll Over Protective Structures (ROPS), cab filtration and many others. In fact, we have been a leader in promoting equipment safety since we were founded back in 1894.

Economic growth and security: The equipment manufacturing industry pays 35 percent above the national average for all manufacturing sector jobs. This demonstrates the commitment our industry has to ensuring employees are appropriately valued by receiving a fair and living wage.

Industry innovation and infrastructure: Equipment manufacturers are uniquely familiar with integrating innovative technologies into our operations and working to modernize our infrastructure, whether it includes using precision agriculture techniques to ensure an efficient harvest for farmers or deploying smart technology to ensure sustainably, efficient methods when building our nation’s roads, rails, highways, bridges, ports, and more. 

Sustainability Goal Priorities

AEM has identified seven of the UN’s 17 Sustainability Goals, to be priorities for the Association and its member companies. The Sustainable Development Goals are all interconnected and considered to be the blueprint to achieve a better future by addressing global challenges.