At BAE Systems, we are committed to advancing a culture of inclusion that values difference as a source of strength so that all employees may bring their whole selves to work.
As part of this commitment, we empower our diverse workforce to take action to expand understanding and build cultural competence. And one way we do this is through our employee-led Multicultural Network, which provides forums for networking and professional development, a platform for the open exchange of ideas, and offers opportunities to engage in community outreach activities across the US.
OutLink – #BeTheChange
One employee resource group under this network is OutLink which represents our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning (LGBTQ) and Ally employees. OutLink’s mission is to help create a respectful environment that supports LGBTQ employees and allies in feeling proud, integrated, and secure in the workplace.
Pride Month – DC and Boston Parades
This June, OutLink and several of our employees brought their mission to life as they celebrated Pride Month – a month held in recognition of LGBTQ equality. Groups of our employees, family, and friends marched in Pride parades in Washington, D.C., and Boston earlier this month.
Our group in D.C. walked a mile and a half on one of the hottest days of the year so far, while our Boston group marched a little more than two miles in the cold and rain; but that didn’t stop either group from celebrating. Instead, they were inspired and energized by the cheering crowd and met with shouts of "we love BAE Systems," high-fives, and hugs.
Each group proudly represented BAE Systems and OutLink in furthering efforts for LGBTQ equality.
“Love Conquers Hate”
Many BAE Systems employees expressed deep sadness following the tragic shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando on June 11. In an internal blog post for fellow employees, Lisa Elliott, president of OutLink, responded to the tragedy after participating in the DC Pride Parade:
“In the blink of an eye, the joy of the day was taken away. A lone gunman killed and wounded numerous people in an LGBT nightclub in Orlando early Sunday morning…I am heartbroken for those who lost their lives and were wounded. As the mother of a gay son, as the friend and relative of gays and lesbians, and as a human being, this is why I do what I do at BAE Systems and in my everyday life. LGBTQ equality is important. I am an ally, and I will speak out!”
Diversity & Inclusion
As a company, we’ve made tremendous progress in becoming a workplace that embraces diversity and inclusion and we remain committed to hiring, developing, and retaining a diverse workforce that can thrive in an inclusive work environment.