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Helping Suppliers Reduce Carbon Emissions


Lockheed Martin launched the RENEWAY program that provides U.S. and international suppliers across the aerospace and defense industry a runway to educational resources and action pathways for reducing carbon emissions by accelerating the adoption of renewable electricity. The program, managed by Schneider Electric, provides critical resources and expert consultation for suppliers at any stage of their decarbonization journey to navigate the array of options within the renewable energy market and create a procurement strategy. In the initial launch in 2023, Lockheed Martin invited 2,000 small manufacturing suppliers to the program, while making RENEWAY available to all suppliers on our website. Suppliers gain critical support and renewable electricity education at no cost to them through corporate sponsorship. This program was spotlighted as a best practice at the 2023 International Aerospace Environmental Group (IAEG) conference in London with the intent to encourage other aerospace and defense companies to join Lockheed Martin as sponsors.

Building a Culture of Structured Energy Improvement

50001 Ready

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Air Force Plant #4, located in Forth Worth, Texas, is recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy as a 50001 Ready site for measuring and improving performance over time. Plant #4 leveraged its long-standing energy management program to earn 50001 Ready, which promotes structured energy improvements that lead to deeper and sustained energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) savings. For example, the site boasts a sophisticated energy management control system with more than 350,000 control points, conducts regular energy audits, and uses demand and control for chilled water. It also leverages two thermal energy storage tanks to allow the chilled water supply system to be turned off or operated at reduced load during the hours of peak utility rates during extreme weather events like storm Uri in 2021. This resulted in estimated savings of approximately $4.5 million. Plant #4 also has four ENERGY STAR®-certified buildings totaling over 1.1 million square feet. In addition to energy savings, the plant observes improvements in production quality and elevated awareness among staff regarding energy use optimization and related impacts.

Energy Star Challenge for Industry

The Lockheed Martin RMS Sikorsky Plant, located in Bridgeport, Connecticut, has achieved the ENERGY STAR® Challenge for reducing its energy intensity by 13% in two years. The Challenge is a national call-to-action to improve the energy efficiency of America's manufacturers, whereby participants set a goal to reduce their energy intensity by 10% or more within five years. The reduction is proved by an energy model that is normalized for weather and production to isolate the savings associated with energy efficiency and validated by a professional engineer. The energy and cost savings at Bridgeport are attributed to two major efficiency projects: a conversion to LED of the sites’ entire lighting system, as well as the replacement of steam vaporizers with outdoor ambient air vaporizers which allows boilers to shut off in the summer months. These projects demonstrate our commitment to reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficient operations and best practices.

Promoting Waste Reduction

The Zero Waste Challenge is an annual competition to recognize waste reduction projects and to encourage waste reduction behaviors. Any project that eliminates or reduces a waste stream or that reuses or recycles materials is eligible to win. Each year, seven projects are selected based on scoring criteria and a popular vote. In 2023, we received a record 34 submissions, up 79% from 2021. Winning projects include a paperless formal qualification test, a wood reel reuse project that annually eliminates over 13,000 pounds of waste and an oil filtration system that avoids the loss of almost 2,000 gallons of mist each year.

Ensuring Remediation and Restoration

In 2023, after completing five years of post-remediation site monitoring and restoration, Lockheed Martin began conducting annual site inspections for erosion and control of invasive species at the Bloody Brook site in New York. The RMS site in Syracuse, New York underwent over 15 years of investigations and, ultimately, remediation after elevated cadmium levels were detected in the brookside bank soils and sediments downstream of the Electronics Park facility in 1996. The cleanup, which began in 2014 and was completed in 2018, included soil and sediment removal in the brook, as well as in wetland, wooded, residential and commercial areas. Restoration of these areas involved not only structural components (e.g., rock banks and concrete culverts) to protect the brook banks and reduce flooding in the community, but also extensive vegetative restoration including expanded wetland coverage and the addition of diverse native vegetation. After years of remediation and restoration under the direction of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the project team has successfully restored the brook, wetland and surrounding areas to an enhanced, natural state.

Around a dozen volunteers from Lockheed Martin came together in November 2023 to plant trees in Canopy Hoover Park in Palo Alto, California.

Strengthening Communities

The mission of the Lockheed Martin Space Sustainability Employee Network (SSEN), which has over 680 members, is to foster innovation, integrity and security to protect the environment, strengthen communities and propel responsible growth. SSEN programs focus on activities that improve our employee perspectives as well as empower employees to make sustainable changes in their professional lives by offering knowledge sharing events, community events and sustainable events. These include beach and park clean-ups, oyster gardening and reef building, hiking trail maintenance, habitat restoration, forest fire mitigation, tree planting and recycling events. The SSEN further sets a high focus on education and awareness by providing tips on how to reduce carbon emissions at work and at home, for example via plant-based nutrition and recipes. In 2023, SSEN organized more than 30 events and club sessions. SSEN has continuously shown growth in membership, events and communications, as well as providing valuable information, learning and opportunities regarding sustainability and the environment at Lockheed Martin, locally and globally.

Inspiring Students Through a Solar Car Challenge

Lockheed Martin was a sponsor of the 2023 Solar Car Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas, which teaches high school students how to build and safely race roadworthy solar vehicles. The 300 student participants from around the country discovered the importance of teamwork while also learning about operating systems and alternative fuels. Lockheed Martin employees volunteered as judges during the qualifying rounds at the Texas Motor Speedway, before the 20 teams headed out onto the road. The teams drove nearly 500 miles during the competition, which ended early in El Paso, Texas, due to an outbreak of the COVID-19 virus.

Improving Data Quality and Protecting Intellectual Property

After achieving our Sustainability Management Plan Tier 1 Data goal in 2022, to identify all data objects for common definition and assign data stewards, we turned our attention in 2023 to prioritizing our new data catalog by level of importance to ensure all data is consistently defined. Ensuring users can understand what the data is, what it means and how it is defined promotes uniformity and trust of the data enterprise-wide. In 2024, business rules for data quality will be created so if the rules are not followed, data entries cannot be created, thus ensuring adherence and cohesion of data.

As a U.S. government prime contractor and supplier, Lockheed Martin collaborates with our government customers and industry counterparts to balance our customers’ mission objectives with the strategic protection of industry-developed intellectual property. We actively engage with our customers and industry partners to develop common approaches and standards that will facilitate the customer’s acquisition of the data and technology needed to support their missions. This includes implementing model-based engineering, leveraging artificial intelligence capabilities, implementing Modular Open Systems Architectures (MOSA) and utilizing model-based acquisition. Internally, we have implemented proactive identification and tracking of all company-funded intellectual property assets and associated data rights and licenses that we grant in these assets to customers and other third parties. We also continue to define and implement heightened categories of protection for critical types of Lockheed Martin proprietary information to increase our ability to protect intellectual property as a business asset and maximize our competitive position. In 2022, we achieved our Sustainability Management Plan goal to deploy an intellectual property protection hierarchy with tiered protection of intellectual property data assets based on their classification within that hierarchy.

Receiving Recognition for a Best Invention

The X-59 experimental supersonic aircraft, built by Lockheed Martin Skunk Works® and NASA Aeronautics, was selected as one of the “Top Inventions of 2023” by a popular news magazine in the transportation category of its Best Inventions issue. Nominations are judged on several key factors, including originality, efficacy, ambition and impact. The one-of-a-kind X-59 was chosen based on these factors as it is designed to transform the future of commercial supersonic flight over land, addressing one of the most persistent challenges of advancing aviation: quieting the sonic boom. The X-59 will be unveiled to the public in early 2024 at a ceremony in Palmdale, California, before taking its first flight later in the year. It will be flown over communities across the United States and response data will be collected on the acceptability of a quiet sonic thump generated by the unique design of the aircraft. This breakthrough has the potential to open the door to an entirely new global market for aircraft manufacturers, enabling passengers to travel anywhere in the world in as little as half the time it takes today. The X-59 is the centerpiece of NASA’s Quesst mission.

Innovating Technology and Safety Processes

Lockheed Martin is a leader in technological advancements, as well as safety protocols to control hazards posed by new technology. While developing high-powered laser systems, our Lockheed Martin team realized that compliance with American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) regulatory requirements did not fully eliminate risks to our employees and customers. A multidisciplinary group of experts, including academic thought leaders in high-energy laser systems, was assembled to investigate new standards to ensure the safety of those researching, producing and testing these systems. The result was the creation of a new class of lasers, Class 5, with additional requirements written in an ANSI-like format to append the current standards. In February 2023, the National Safety Council (NSC) announced Lockheed Martin as the 2022 recipient of the NSC Networks Innovation Award for this project.

Innovating Ergonomic Safety Improvements

The Lockheed Martin Ergo Cup competition fosters innovation of new ergonomic practices and processes to minimize ergonomic stressors experienced in the workplace. Individuals, teams, departments, facilities and business areas are encouraged to submit ergonomic innovations that have been designed and implemented. A record 77 innovations were submitted during our 11th annual competition in 2023, with more than 2,000 employees voting to support their favorite submissions. The winning idea – a pinch-preventing hand saver – came from a team at our Space Waterton Campus in Colorado.

Performing with Integrity

Lockheed Martin hosted the sixth annual Ethics in Engineering Case Competition at our Center for Leadership Excellence (CLE) in February 2023. The annual event supports business ethics awareness and contributes to the ethical development of the future workforce while strengthening our academic partnerships. This year, our competition experienced exponential growth with over 70 colleges and universities from across the United States and one international team participating, which represents a 300% increase. The final competition round saw the U.S. Air Force Academy face off with Loyola University Maryland, with the U.S. Air Force Academy taking first place.

Celebrating Diversity, Advancing Inclusion and Supporting Employees

Lockheed Martin recognizes the important role of our employee-led Business Resource Groups (BRGs) in fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace. Our seven BRGs lead business aligned initiatives and events centered on professional development and career growth, advance Lockheed Martin recruitment and retention efforts, and contribute to our internal and external communities. The following are examples of how our BRGs championed our mission and core values in 2023.

  • Our Able & Allies BRG, celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2023, organized the annual leadership forum under the theme "Changing the world, one conversation at a time." The BRG further supported Lockheed Martin recruitment efforts at the Disability:IN annual conference and worked to expand our Preparation and Achievement in the Transition to Hire (PATH) pilot program with Rowan University in New Jersey. The program combats the under-employment and unemployment rate of students and alums on the autism spectrum. In 2023, Sikorsky and PATH laid the foundation to explore opportunities for interns with different abilities.
  • Our Black Excellence Council (B.E.C.) organized multiple celebrations across Lockheed Martin to commemorate Juneteenth, a national holiday in the United States honoring the end of slavery. B.E.C. also collaborated with multiple BRGs to offer speakers series on various topics, including microaggressions and responding with emotional intelligence, overcoming bias in today’s business environment, and resources for caretakers of those with Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Our Hispanic Organization for Leadership and Awareness (HOLA) BRG along with Able and Allies hosted a dialogue on the American with Disabilities Act and its impact on all communities. In addition, HOLA members participated in the 35th annual Great Mind in STEM conference, including two career-related workshops and a competition.
  • Our Military Veterans (MilVets) BRG presented a talent pipeline panel discussion with three business area military relations managers, as well as nonprofit organization leaders from American Corporate Partners, Hiring Our Heroes and Student Veterans of America. Panel members talked about the advantages of hiring veterans and military spouses, and how Lockheed Martin hiring managers can benefit from connections with SkillBridge programs.
  • Our PRIDE BRG introduced a leadership video series to promote LGBTQIA+ visibility internally at Lockheed Martin and a professional development series to provide insight into career path initiatives. To date, over 20 PRIDE leaders have released “Out in Leadership” videos with more than 3,500 views and conducted three “Ask a Leader Anything” sessions with over 100 viewers on average and 230 replay views.
  • Our Professional Asian American Network (PAAN) participated in three Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE) regional conferences and the national convention, working together with Lockheed Martin talent acquisition and diversity and inclusion teams to engage with potential Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students and other attendees.
  • The Women’s Impact Network (WIN) at Lockheed Martin celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2023. WIN was started by eight female executives to help women advance in the workplace and has grown to more than 9,000 women and allies around the world, including a new chapter that formed in the Middle East. WIN strives to change the culture of business from the inside out by investing in women and empowering them to cultivate leadership skills, business practices, personal contacts and career opportunities. The group’s vision is to be a global community of impassioned, determined women, committed to supporting each other’s pursuit of excellence, advancement and work-life satisfaction. In 2023, nearly 900 women and allies from 35 states and 12 countries attended the first hybrid WIN Leadership Forum, which focused on mental health, business updates, the changing global environment and career development.

Highlights from Employee Resource Groups around the World

  • The Global Diversity and Inclusion team joined industry partners and political representatives from our allies around the globe in visually reinforcing our commitment to veterans and their families through Australia’s Legacy nonprofit organization. We also recognized the ancestral home of the Aboriginal Community & Torres Strait Islander peoples and officially launched the start of their Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
  • In the UK and Europe, we enhanced our Diversity and Inclusion mission clarity and operational synergies by launching the Lockheed Martin UK Inclusion Council. We helped facilitate many of the nearly 100 transformational events that our international Resource Groups were involved in during 2023, like PRIDE’s participation in the first ever LBGTQ+ Defence Awards or our Race and Ethnicity Team’s new ‘Culture Through Cuisine, virtual Lunch & Learn series’.
  • In Canada and Latin America, we continued to recognize important components of our heritage on days, such as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. We further committed to ambitions for gender equality through the Canadian government’s 50-30 challenge, an initiative between the Government of Canada, Canadian businesses and diversity organizations to challenge organizations to increase the representation and inclusion of diverse groups within their workplaces.

Last updated: April 2024