Lockheed Martin’s commitment to upholding business integrity extends to our supplier relationships. Our Supplier Code of Conduct establishes a set of business principles that we expect our suppliers to adhere to, including in areas such as anti-corruption, human rights, non-discrimination, conflict minerals and others. We communicate these expectations to all suppliers when they receive purchase orders from Lockheed Martin.
We expect our suppliers to operate in a manner that actively manages risk, conserves natural resources, prevents pollution and protects the environment. We require our suppliers to apply environmental management system principles in order to establish a systematic approach to the management of risks/hazards and opportunities. An annual voluntary survey conducted with suppliers allows them to report on their environment, social and governance management systems and performance. The survey provides insight on the sustainability landscape of our supply chain. After analyzing the results, we develop action plans for supplier engagement and our own sustainability performance.
To provide current and potential suppliers with resources to understand and meet our expectations of effective ethics programs, we host and share information on our Supplier Wire website. The website helps keep our business partners up-to-date on issues such as cybersecurity best practices, managing for sustainability performance and avoiding counterfeit parts. For example, through Supplier Wire we provide resources guiding suppliers to reduce waste generation and proactively manage conflict minerals risks. We also send annual ethics reminders and links to related webinars via email to educate suppliers on emerging supply chain concerns and mitigation strategies.
On our external ethics website, we dedicate a section specifically for our suppliers. There we have identified twelve key elements that make up an effective ethics program and we work with suppliers to help them address each element within their business. The twelve elements include: company values; program and structure oversight; risk assessment; policies and procedures; code of conduct; training; communication; leadership commitment; inquiry and reporting mechanisms; investigations and disclosures; disciplines and incentives; and program evaluation. For each element, we developed a video and infographic to provide suppliers with an overview of the topic, why it is important, additional resources and suggested steps for effective implementation.
To further empower our suppliers, we offer a Supplier Mentoring Program through which a supplier can apply to work one-on-one with a Lockheed Martin Ethics Officer who provides guidance on ethics programs. Since the program’s inception, 86 companies have completed the Supplier Mentoring Program. In 2020, eleven suppliers participated in our Supplier Mentoring Program and over 400 companies participated in our webinars or minicourses. Both our online minicourses and self-assessment toolkit were new resources that we introduced in 2020. We also connect our suppliers with a resource called the Small Business Toolkit, which was developed by the Defense Industry Initiative on Business Ethics and Conduct. The Toolkit provides guidance for setting up an ethics program, template policies, procedures and compliance training.
In 2020, we began hosting focus groups for small business suppliers. The goal of these engagements is to better understand what guidance and tools our small business suppliers need to build and maintain strong ethics programs. In 2020, we also released an updated Supplier Sustainability brochure. This resource was revised to focus on actionable environmental, social and governance (ESG) topics that can apply regardless of supplier size.