Initiatives such as training to prevent unconscious bias, are making BAE Systems a more inclusive place to work. But we still face significant challenges in improving diversity – from recruiting more women and candidates from diverse backgrounds to replacing the skills and experience we are losing as our ageing workforce retires.
We are determined to bridge the historical gender gap in our industry by encouraging more women to join the company, celebrating our women engineers and promoting development to increase the number of women in senior executive positions.
Our executive recruiting process is designed to draw from diverse candidate lists. Mentoring and sponsorship programmes are in place to promote a more diverse leadership pipeline.
We also aim to develop a pipeline of diverse talent by encouraging young people including young women to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers.