Throughout 2020, the United States experienced events that called to light the continuing need for our nation to ensure equal opportunity for all people. Lockheed Martin recognizes the importance of this moment to all of us as individuals, as communities, as a nation and as global citizens.
Lockheed Martin is dedicated to upholding our Core Values to Do What’s Right, Respect Others, and Perform with Excellence. These values influence how we approach every aspect of our business—including our zero-tolerance policy towards discrimination in any form—and will continue to shape our company’s actions into the future. At Lockheed Martin, we are committed to coming together and moving forward—to increase representation, and foster an inclusive environment.
Lockheed Martin has taken the following steps to act on these commitments:
- Continue to listen and encourage dialogue and conversation inside Lockheed Martin about social issues. Through our leadership and Business Resource Groups (BRGs), we collect employee perspectives and organize panel discussions for employees to continue the conversation. These panels feature employees from diverse backgrounds, executives, allies and customers who all provide their perspectives on racism, discrimination and expanding opportunity. Throughout 2020 we saw nearly a 60 percent increase in BRG forum participation and supported over 80 Courageous Conversations on Race. We also launched a new learning module called I Care. I Act. for BRG leaders, members and allies who desire to learn more about addressing racial issues and becoming voluntary advocates for inclusion.
- Expand our existing workforce programs and initiatives to further build a diverse and inclusive workplace through training and development. Our industry-leading leadership training helps create an inclusive working environment where every employee feels welcome. We will continue to hold unconscious bias training to ensure we evaluate talent inclusively. Moving forward, we will assess how we can enhance our D&I trainings to provide ways for leaders and employees to actively contribute to an inclusive work environment.
- Strengthen existing relationships and advance educational equality to help lift-up communities and change the lives of individuals. We fulfilled a 2020 pledge to provide $1 million to address educational access and opportunity. As part of this effort, we provided $250,000 each to the National Society for Black Engineers (NSBE), Advancing Minorities’ Interests in Engineering and Girls Inc. We also established an employee matching program to support scholarships offered by INROADS, the Ron Brown Scholar Program and the Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA). Lockheed Martin matched up to $250,000 in total of employee giving to these organizations. For decades, Lockheed Martin has worked with and supported our nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities through corporative giving, and also served as a foundational sponsor of BEYA. Last year, the corporation contributed nearly $2.6 million in total to support minority serving institutions.
Lockheed Martin recognizes that our business success, industry leadership and team performance ultimately flow from our dedication and adherence to our Core Values. The actions we are taking are part of a long-term commitment that we believe strengthens our company and the communities where we live and work.
In 2021, we will continue building on our D&I efforts to address racial and social justice. We will seek opportunities at every level in the organization to increase diverse representation amongst our leadership and ensure leaders are held accountable for fostering D&I on their teams. We will continue to engage in conversations to better understand and support our employee experiences. We will also maintain our unwavering commitment to a culture of fair treatment and zero tolerance for retaliation against employees who speak up when they encounter adverse situations.