I am not one for wearing my heart on me sleeve too often. But when it comes to DE&I I think we all should, all our people must be able to bring their whole selves to work and not be afraid to be who they truly are when they walk through our gates each morning. Brian McBeath, Sustainability, SHE and D&I Director, BAE Systems
At its very heart, inclusion is about each individual being seen and valued and supported to reach their full potential. It is about ensuring that we create opportunities for all, including for those embarking on their career and those who have already spent some time in the work place.
We are all different and while we should embrace and celebrate this, we must also make sure that we take everyone along, and do so in a way that does not leave anyone feeling excluded. It’s only by being truly inclusive, that we can in turn create a truly diverse work force and that diversity in the workplace is important for so many reasons.
We can only get the best out of people when they are fully comfortable in their working environment and to achieve this in our business we must also have diversity of thought and diversity of talent. There is no doubt in my mind that diversity makes us a stronger and more innovative business and a more effective partner for our customers.
We are ambitious and are working towards being the leading employer in defence and security for valuing diversity and inclusion. For example, we are aiming for women make up at least 50% of our Executive Committee by 2030 and to increase representation of race, ethnicity and gender in our workforce and across all our localities. In the UK and by 2030 at the latest, our ambition is that more than 30% of our workforce will be women. This includes more women in senior grades and in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths roles.

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Brian McBeath

Sustainability, SHE and D&I Director