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Samuel R. Allen Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Doing good things doesn’t just benefit our neighbors and our environment, it also benefits John Deere. It motivates us and helps us run more efficiently.

At John Deere, our higher purpose is to help our customers—those linked to the land—meet a growing population’s increasing need for food, fuel, shelter, and infrastructure. It’s a monumental challenge—one that motivates me and all John Deere employees daily.

As this report’s theme suggests, it is essential that we “Create, Grow, and Sustain” and approach our businesses in a socially minded, environmentally conscious manner. With that in mind, I’m pleased to share some of John Deere’s sustainability highlights from the past year:

  • Minimizing waste: Deere exceeded its waste-recycling goal again this year. Our electronics manufacturing unit in Fargo, North Dakota, did its part by redirecting its garbage to a refuse-derived fuel processor. By incinerating 51 tons of trash—seven months’ worth—our employees kept the material out of a landfill and helped provide power for about 25,000 homes.

  • Reducing energy and water usage: After a paint-system upgrade, our Greeneville, Tennessee, manufacturing facility reduced natural gas and water usage by over 20 percent.

  • Building fuel-efficient products: The John Deere 8400R tractor established a new fluid-efficiency record among high-horsepower tractors for its class at the industry test site in Germany.

  • Putting equipment to good work: Living Lands & Waters, an organization dedicated to cleaning and preserving America’s rivers and waterways, used a donated John Deere excavator to remove more than 200,000 pounds of garbage from a 20-mile stretch of the Ohio River near Cincinnati in just four weeks, a record for the 18-year-old organization.

  • Supporting employee volunteerism: Deere employees recorded nearly 160,000 hours of volunteer support to community organizations globally in 2016, a 50% increase over 2015.

  • Funding long-term solutions for world hunger, supporting education, and developing our communities: Deere and its foundation invested more than $31 million during the year, improving the lives of an estimated 18 million people around the globe.

Doing good things doesn’t just benefit our neighbors and our environment, it also benefits John Deere. It motivates us and helps us run more efficiently. That’s why, even at a time when the business climate is challenging in most of our markets, Deere remains on solid financial footing and firmly dedicated to doing more great work in the years ahead.

I am proud of all of our employees and their efforts to help fulfill our purpose in a socially conscious, environmentally responsible way.