We’re marking the day across BAE Systems as part of our commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace that benefits from the unique experience and insights of the broadest range of people.
Gender balance and the contribution that women make to our success is a particularly important area of focus for us. Across the Company, 78% of our workforce is male and only 22% female, which doesn’t meet our aspiration for our workforce to reflect the communities in which we operate. There are a lot of underlying reasons for that, not least the fact that far fewer females study the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects that we rely on for a lot of our roles.
We want a better balance so we’re working hard to increase the number of women in our business.
Who I am today owes very much to the strong women who have enriched my life both personally and professionally. It is long overdue that women get their chance to pursue their dreams without being limited by unfair and regressive constraints.
Brad Greve, Group Finance Director and BAE Systems’ Executive Committee sponsor of gender balance
In 2019, across the Group, we increased female representation in leadership roles and we’re increasing the percentage of females joining us as apprentices and graduates. We’re designing more inclusive recruitment practices to make sure we’re attracting the best candidates across gender, race, sexuality, disability and background. We’re working with industry and education to encourage more young females to take up STEM subjects and careers to help build a more diverse future pipeline of skills. We celebrate our women role models who lead the way for others, and offer mentoring and support to our aspiring female leaders. And we’re reviewing all of our policies, practices and training to make sure they are inclusive.
Creating a working environment that women – indeed all employees – enjoy being part of, where they know they are valued and believe they can do great work and progress, is absolutely key.