BAE Systems is working hard to provide this kind of environment in our Company and within our sector.
This year we are proud that BAE Systems has once again been selected as one of The Times Top 50 employers for Women. This accolade recognizes our work in improving the gender balance of the organization and ensuring there is an inclusive working environment for all our employees regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, social background or any other element that makes our employees the people they are.
One particular challenge we are addressing in the Program & Support organization is to increase the representation of women at all levels of the business. We are making progress and, in 2016, approximately 25% of our graduate and apprentice intake were women, with early indications of this number increasing in the 2017 intake. We have also increased the number of women in management posts significantly in the last three years.
Nigel Whitehead, Group Managing Director – Program and Support says “We’re on a long journey of cultural change, and I’m really pleased that our efforts and achievements to date have received this prestigious external recognition. A diverse workforce makes us more innovative and productive, and that’s why it’s so important that our employees should enjoy an inclusive workplace.”
Emma Tucker, deputy editor of The Times, says: “In the seven years since The Times first published the Top 50 Employers for Women supplement we have seen great advances towards gender equality in the workplace. However, more remains to be done both in the boardroom and on the shop floor and we are again delighted to support Business in the Community's campaign to create a fairer and better working environment for women.”
The Times Top 50 Employers for Women is coordinated with Business in the Community, the Prince’s Responsible Business Network. The list involves a comprehensive submission process managed by the gender equality campaign of Business in the Community.