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Michele Sullivan Tells the True Meaning of "Together.Stronger"

Caterpillar Foundation

This article was contributed by Michele Sullivan in support of Together.Stronger. for The Caterpillar Foundation. It was originally published here.

There is a Zambian proverb that reads, “If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together.”

Over the past few years, the Caterpillar Foundation—along with a host of other corporations, development organizations, and public sector partners and nation states—has been deeply involved in the shaping of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Along the way, it became clear that one of the primary things the private sector could bring to the table is the art and science of collaboration! Collaboration will be essential if we are to end extreme poverty by 2030.

ending-poverty-together-strongerImage: Caterpillar Foundation

The causes and implications of poverty are complex and will require more than strong sentiment and robust conversation to reverse. It will take a long and disciplined approach to addressing root causes, systematic injustices, and the long term effects of extreme poverty.

The Caterpillar Foundation believes we cannot do this alone. We need all three sectors to partner in this effort. To that end, Caterpillar has launched its platform called “Together.Stronger.

ending-poverty-together-strongerImage: Caterpillar Foundation

Together.Stronger.” is the Caterpillar Foundation’s innovative approach to partnerships through which they strive to facilitate collaboration and leverage commonalities among partners. The “Together.Stronger.” platform encompasses three specific focus areas: Girls & WomenEnergy Access, and Economic Resilience (including Water & Sanitation). (The Girls & Women focus area is known as “TO GET HER STRONGER.”)

Caterpillar has learned from its business and years of philanthropic work that the bigger the project, the better the team needs to be! “Together.Stronger.” is our effort to build the best team possible … because ending extreme poverty is something that will take all of us.

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