Ethics at Lockheed Martin

At Lockheed Martin, we stand firmly behind the three core values that shape and guide us in our daily operations and relationships: Do What’s Right, Respect Others, and Perform With Excellence. These simple yet essential values ensure that we conduct ourselves with the utmost integrity, delivering high quality products while following all applicable laws, regulations, and standards of business conduct, and avoiding even the appearance of impropriety. It’s what our customers and shareholders expect. We are committed to meet those expectations, and we in turn trust that all of our suppliers and partners will honor the same values. 

Ethics Minicourses - Setting Up an Effective Ethics Program

Lockheed Martin has identified twelve key elements that make up an effective ethics program. We have prepared a short minicourse for each of the elements to help our suppliers build and sustain their own ethics programs

In each of the 12 ethics videos below, Lockheed Martin Ethics Officers walk you through the setup and implementation of each element of an effective ethics program.

Begin with “ Why You Need an Ethics Program” which  introduces what an ethics program is, why your company needs one, and how to navigate the 12-part minicourse series.

Elements of an Effective Ethics Program

Click on the “Watch Video” link to start the video.

Supplier Code

Our Supplier Code of Conduct (2020 Edition), referenced in the ethics clause of all new purchase orders, expresses the expectations we hold for our suppliers, and mirrors the standards we set for our own employees, Board of Directors, and other business associates.

In early 2017 our purchase orders were revised to state that both Lockheed Martin and its suppliers "are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the principles expressed in either the Lockheed Martin Supplier Code of Conduct, or the Defense Industry Initiative (DII) Model Supplier Code of Conduct." 

The Supplier Code of Conduct has been translated into multiple languages to better serve our international supplier base. (Below are links to the 2017 version pending translations of the 2020 version)

Topic-Specific Code Resources


We have a zero-tolerance policy for corruption, and prohibit anyone conducting business on our behalf, including suppliers, from offering or making any improper payments of money or anything of value to government officials, political parties, candidates for public office, or other persons.

For more information, read our policy on Compliance with the Anti-Corruption Laws.

Gifts & Business Courtesies

We compete on the merits of our products and services and do not use the exchange of business courtesies to gain an unfair competitive advantage. We expect the same of our suppliers in the offering or receipt of any gift or business courtesy, including cash and cash equivalents.

For more information, refer to our policy on Gifts, Hospitality, Other Business Courtesies, and Sponsorships or our annual letter to suppliers regarding gifts and business courtesies.

Counterfeit Parts

We expect our suppliers to develop, implement, and maintain methods and processes appropriate to their products and services to minimize the risk of introducing counterfeit parts and materials into deliverable products. Effective processes should be in place to detect counterfeit parts and materials, and mark parts obsolete as appropriate.

For more information, visit our Sustainable Supply Chain Management page or review the Counterfeits FAQs

Human Trafficking

We expect our suppliers to not engage in the use of forced, bonded (including debt bondage) or indentured labor, involuntary prison labor, slavery, or trafficking of persons. This includes transporting, harboring, recruiting, transferring, or receiving vulnerable persons by means of threat, force, coercion, abduction, or fraud for the purpose of exploitation.

For more information on Lockheed Martin's efforts to combat human trafficking, visit our Human Trafficking page.

Conflict Minerals

We expect our suppliers to take steps to determine if their products contain conflict minerals (tin, tantalum, gold, and tungsten) and if so, implement supply chain due diligence processes to identify sources of these minerals and support efforts to eradicate the use of conflict minerals which directly or indirectly finance or benefit armed groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo or adjoining countries.

For questions regarding Lockheed Martin's conflict minerals policy, visit our Sustainable Supply Chain Management page or contact


We expect our suppliers to operate in a manner that actively manages risk, conserves natural resources, and protects the environment. We expect our suppliers to apply environmental management system principles in order to establish a systematic approach to the management of risks/hazards and opportunities associated with the environment, including potential risk from regulatory non-compliance, reputational loss, and opportunities for business growth through operational and product stewardship. 

For more information, visit our Energy, Environment, Safety and Health page.

Supplier Mentoring

The Ethics Statement in all Lockheed Martin purchase orders “encourages all suppliers to implement an effective ethics program, including adopting a written code of conduct.” 

An effective ethics program, as defined by FAR 52.203-13 and other laws and regulations, can help your company develop a culture in which employees feel empowered to speak up – so you can address any issues before they negatively impact your business.

Lockheed Martin provides a variety of free self-serve resources (below) to help you meet our expectations and comply with your legal requirements through our Ethics Supplier Mentoring Program.

If you're interested in working one-on-one with a Lockheed Martin Ethics Officer to develop your program like these Lockheed Martin suppliers, email or call 800-LM-ETHIC.

Self-Serve Resources

Supplier Self-Assessment Tool

You may already have more elements of an effective ethics program than you think. Our  Supplier Self-Assessment Tool is a simple Excel spreadsheet that compares some of the key global standards for ethics, compliance and anti-corruption programs. It can help you determine where to focus your efforts.

For more information on Suppliers at Lockheed Martin, be sure to visit the Supplier Wire Page.

Defense Industry Initiative on Business Ethics & Conduct

The Defense Industry Initiative on Business Ethics & Conduct (DII) offers a complimentary quarterly live webinar series during which industry experts discuss important ethics and compliance topics.


Additional Resources