The words in this Code of Conduct define us. Despite our differences – in geography, culture, language and business – we are one Caterpillar, one company united by these common principles with a shared commitment to the highest standards of conduct. 

Code of Conduct
Code of Conduct


We view our suppliers as extensions of our company and an essential part of our extended value chain and commitment to quality.

Supplier Code of Conduct
Supplier Code of Conduct

Progress Rail values the relationships we build with our suppliers and will work with suppliers who wish to publicize their relationship with us. However, because of the volume of suppliers, we do business with and in an effort to treat all suppliers fairly while protecting the Progress Rail name, we've developed and follow fairly stringent guidelines.

Supplier Communications Guidelines

  • The objective of these guidelines is to:
  • Preserve Progress Rail's brand name by avoiding endorsements of others' products.
  • Avoid releasing competitive information.
  • Ensure that suppliers' communications are in keeping with Progress Rail's corporate communications strategies.

All suppliers must have a Progress Rail Nondisclosure Agreement (NDA) on file. Suppliers are obligated to refrain from disclosing Progress Rail Confidential Information to anyone, except as expressly permitted in the NDA.

  • Some statements of non-Confidential / non-Proprietary facts about Progress Rail's relationship with the supplier are appropriate but must be approved by Progress Rail on a case-by-case basis. Typically communications that are accepted include:
    • An initial press release issued by the supplier announcing they’ve been awarded a contract with Progress Rail.
    • A press release issued by the supplier announcing they’ve won a supplier quality award from Progress Rail.
    • All communications that reference Progress Rail must be vetted through the supplier’s Progress Rail buyer who will work with Corporate Public Affairs for review.

The following are not appropriate and will not be approved:

  • Details about products/services/consulting provided by the supplier to Progress Rail
  • Details about equipment manufactured/installed by the supplier for a Progress Rail facility
  • Details about software or other technical services provided by the supplier to Progress Rail
  • Other specifications as determined by Progress Rail on a case-by-case basis
  • Dollar amounts and/or volume of any contracts
  • Assumptions as to how the supplier’s products/services have improved Progress Rail’s operations
  • Endorsements of the supplier's product/service
  • Quotes from Progress Rail employees
  • Use of our photos, logo or trademarked name is prohibited in any publication, including:
    • Web sites
    • Case studies or white papers
    • Pamphlets, brochures, radio/television ads, or any other advertising materials 


Global footprint. Global ideas. Global values.



Progress Rail is establishing its leadership in every market and geographic region we serve.  We recognize the global and increasingly diverse business arena and consistently strive to reflect that environment in our customers, our business practices, and especially, our suppliers.

Our Vision

Our passion for continuous improvement is the driving spirit behind our Supplier Diversity Initiative.  It is our greatest ambition to provide sourcing opportunities throughout our organization to a wide range of diverse business owners.  Progress Rail believes that for it to remain World Class in our diverse world, its diverse suppliers must, in turn, be World Class. We are committed to helping our supply base become just that.

How to Register as a Potential Progress Rail Supplier

After you have a solid understanding as to the key requirements of being a Progress Rail supplier, the next step is to register your company at our sourcing portal.  Our online registration is not only an efficient process it is also a great way for you to highlight your capabilities to our category teams. Upon completing your registration, you will receive an email confirmation which also will give you instructions on how to upload documentation such as your official quality and diversity certifications as these will be requested for verification. 

Please note our procurement team uses all of the information requested in their initial evaluation of your company. Failure to submit a completed profile can result in lost opportunities to partner with Progress Rail as a Suppliers

Register your company on our sourcing portal.

What Happens After You Register:

Upon registering your accurate and completed registration form, your company’s information will be placed in our Supplier Database, which is frequently used by our sourcing teams when attempting to identify diverse suppliers that match Progress Rail’s current business needs.  The Supplier Diversity team will continue to coach those with an alignment in communicating the value your organization brings to the table.

Thank you for your interest in Progress Rail Supplier Diversity! Have specific questions about the Supplier Diversity program? Contact us at or by calling us at (708) 387-3869 for EMD® Brand Products or (256) 505-6594 for Progress Rail Brand Products.


Submission of a Supplier Diversity Registration Datasheet does not imply your company is automatically on a ‘preferred vendor list’ nor has a contractual agreement in place.  It also does not qualify a business as an official Progress Rail supplier.   What it does provide, is a potential opportunity, should a Progress Rail Purchasing representative review your profile with interest in learning more about your capabilities.  Your company will be contacted if and when a business opportunity presents itself and your company’s capabilities are in line with the project. Notification of selection will then be followed by further evaluation for compliance with our supplier standards and compatibility with our strategic vision.


For more information and assistance with diverse business status, small business size classifications, visit the following websites:

DBE Corporate Compliance Program and Policy




Proposed DBE Goal Notice FFY 2021




Proposed DBE Goal and Methodology for FFY 2021

Progress Rail Locomotive Inc. (PRL) is required to prepare and submit a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Goal for DBE participation as a condition of acquiring transit vehicle procurements with Federal Transit Administration (FTA) financial assistance. Pursuant to Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century; 49 CFR Part 26 “Participation by Disadvantaged Business Enterprises in U.S. Department of Transportation Programs” and the FTA Master Funding Agreement, PRL herein presents its Proposed Annual DBE Goal and Methodology for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2021, which represents a 1.46% race-neutral DBE goal. Interested DBEs, M/WBEs, or SBs should visit our website at and access the Supplier Chain page to obtain our Supplier Diversity Information on how to register as a potential Progress Rail supplier.  For any existing PRL suppliers, we are requesting your assistance to help us reach our 1.46% DBE goal.  You can help us by including the target firms in your order to us and letting us know if your order to us includes participation by firms who are DBE, M/WBE or SB.  Simply include the DBE, M/WBE or SB business information and their contract value in the PRL procurement sub-award agreement or email me at