John Deere ranks among nation’s 50 Most Community-Minded Companies 

John Deere has been named a 2022 honoree of The Civic 50, which recognizes the 50 most community-minded companies in the United States each year.

For 10 years, The Civic 50 has provided a national standard for corporate citizenship. Honoree are companies with annual U.S. revenues of at least $1 billion who are selected based on four dimensions of their corporate citizenship and social impact programs. They include: investment of resources, integration across business functions, institutionalization through policies and systems, and impact measurement. 

River Bend Food Bank
In 2021, the John Deere Foundation pledged $1.7 million to River Bend Food Bank in an effort to help end hunger in eastern Iowa and western Illinois. CREDIT DEERE & CO.

The Civic 50 is an initiative of Points of Light, the world’s largest nonprofit dedicated to accelerating people-powered change.

“We’re honored to learn that Points of Light has recognized John Deere as one of the 50 most community-minded companies in the United States,” said Nate Clark, global director for corporate social responsibility of the Moline-based John Deere and the John Deere Foundation president. “This humbling recognition affirms a powerful belief that we share at John Deere – we must be community-minded because we are community-made.”

As Deere reported in its Sustainability Report, the John Deere Foundation invested $2.7 million last year in food banks critical to John Deere home communities in the United States and around the world. Its investment helped food banks provide nearly 12.8 million meals to those experiencing hunger. 

John Deere employees also recorded more than 124,000 volunteer hours, which resulted in more than $1.2 million in donations to the employees’ favorite causes through the Foundation’s employee giving program.

“Corporate leadership and commitment to civic engagement is critical for strengthening communities,” Natalye Paquin, president & CEO of Points of Light, said in a news release from John Deere. “Our most recent global research shows 86% of people say they expect companies to take action on a social issue. Companies like John Deere are leading the way and setting an example of how you can leverage your employee talent, business models and assets to create deep impact that drives transformational change.”

To view the full report and see the full list of The Civic 50 2022 honorees, visit

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