Year over year, BAE Systems continues to be ranked as one of the top-rated employers for veterans. In 2021, those high marks extended to the company’s work with veteran-owned small businesses.
In November, BAE Systems was honored with the award “For Exceptional Support of Veteran and Service Disabled Veteran Small Businesses in 2020” by the National Veterans Small Business Coalition (NVSBC) at the Veteran Entrepreneur Training Symposium (VETS ‘21) in Orlando, Fla.
Diane Dempsey, director of small business programs, and Paul Kling, vice president of procurement, represented BAE Systems’ Intelligence & Security (I&S) sector. This was the tenth consecutive year the sector has been recognized by the NVSBC for its use of veteran and service disabled veteran-owned small businesses.
I&S received this award in recognition for awarding subcontracts that exceeded the NVSBC’s 8% veteran-owned small business goal and 3% service disabled veteran-owned small business goal. I&S has exceeded these goals for over a decade.
Moreover, Dempsey added to her achievements with the VETS ‘21 “Prime Contractor Veteran Advocate of the Year Award” and the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce “CEO Award,” awarded to individuals for their commitment to the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce mission to advance and protect women’s economic priorities.
“I am honored to receive these awards. Women-owned small businesses have supported our company in highly technical roles for many years,” said Dempsey. “As an integral part of our business and mission, we continue to support qualified veteran and service disabled veteran-owned small businesses and recognize their service to our country.”
The BAE Systems’ Small Business Working Group also recently received the company’s “Global Procurement Award” in recognition of the team’s support of diversity, equity, and inclusion over the past year.
To learn more about small business requirements to connect with BAE Systems, visit the supplier diversity webpage: www.baesystems.com/supplierdiversity.