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A tall order under any circumstances, but this can-do company whose roots date back to 1941 when Aircraft Marine Products got its start manufacturing solderless electrical connections for quick and removable wire connection used for aircraft and ships, is leading the charge in tackling some of the worlds’ most difficult challenges. This insistence upon taking on big things is expressed best in its Corporate Responsibility Report, “Today’s Impossible is Tomorrow’s Awesome.”

The list of “awesome things” includes renewable energy solutions for the power grid, working with aviation partners on reducing the use of fossil fuels to building safer roads through the use of sensors that can “read” traffic to enabling the Internet of Things and building the sensors, connectors, cables, and antennas that keep the world connected, TE Connectivity is leading the charge to source responsibly, value employees, provide value to shareholders, and—above all else, to innovate as a way of bringing about “a cleaner, greener, safer, smarter, and more beautiful world.” Toward that end, the company has invested $650 million in research and development efforts, and today has more than 14,000 patents issued.