Diversity and inclusion

Sustainability
It is through the diverse talent, skills and commitment of our employees that we are able to take on and solve some of our customers’ most complex and demanding engineering and technology challenges. 
We strive to create an inclusive workplace in which all our employees give their best for our customers and are recognised and rewarded for their contribution.
 

Strategy and report line

 
Our People strategy sets out how we will inspire and develop high-performing teams and individuals, able to fulfil their potential in an inclusive and supportive working environment.
 
Our People Policy lays the foundations, setting out our people management expectations, including in relation to diversity and inclusion, training and development, reward, and employee engagement.
 
Our Group Human Resources (HR) Director reports directly to the Chief Executive and chairs the Global HR Council, ensuring our People strategy supports the Integrated Business Plan and People Policy to meet the needs of our business and our customers.
 
We want all of our people to fulfil their potential, contributing to inclusive, high-performing teams, supporting our strategic priorities and delivering our commitments to our customers. Recognising that our ways of working are critical to achieving our strategic priorities, we have increased our focus on assessing and rewarding both what our people achieve, and how they achieve it.
 
During 2019, we introduced a set of Company Behaviours to define how we want to work together and with our stakeholders, encouraging attributes such as collaboration, innovation, creativity and adaptability that will underpin personal, team and organisational success. Together, our Company Behaviours and our shared strategic objectives give clarity on what is expected and how we can work together to deliver our strategy and achieve our potential.
 

Pledging our support for Charters, Missions and Taskforces


As part of our drive to increase diversity and inclusion and across our international business, BAE Systems has committed to support a number of projects in areas such as gender, mental health, assistance for veterans and social mobility. Providing opportunities for all employees to thrive in the workplace regardless of their race, gender or background is a vital characteristic for successful and responsible businesses. Learning from other organisations and working together is an important factor in increasing diversity and inclusion throughout the sectors we work in.
 
BAE Systems has signed a number of Charters and Pledges including:
 
  • Women in Aviation  - a pledge for gender balance across aviation and aerospace.
  • Women in Maritime - over 121 companies in the maritime sector have signed a pledge designed to signal intent on gender diversity.
  • Women in Defence - the Women in Defence Charter is a commitment to work together to build a more balanced enterprise across the defence sector.
  • Women in Technology - the Charter is designed to increase diversity within the UK’s tech companies, with the aim of achieving equal opportunity and representation for all employees in the sector.
  • Time to Change - The Time to Change Employer Pledge is a commitment to changing the way we all think and act about mental health in the workplace.
  • Social Mobility Pledge - the pledge asks signatories to partner with schools or colleges, deliver structured work experience and apprenticeships to those from disadvantaged backgrounds. It also asks signatories to open employment recruitment practises to those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • Armed Forces Covenant - we were the first Defence Company to sign up to the UK Armed Forces Covenant, cementing our commitment to supporting those who serve, have served and their families.
  • Movement to Work - we are committed to supporting this project and working together to tackle youth unemployment.
  • The Valuable 500 - this is a global movement putting disability on the business leadership agenda.
 
In Australia BAE Systems supports:
 
 
In the US our business supports:
 
  • Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve - a Department of Defense program that promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employer.
  • American Legion Employment Innovations Taskforce - the USA’s largest veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of programs in communities, as well as continued support of service members and veterans.
  • Veteran Jobs Mission - The mission is a collation of 200 companies that has collectively hired more than 500,000 veterans since 2011.