At Lockheed Martin, our core values – to do what’s right, respect others and perform with excellence – guide our decisions and define our actions. Our sustainability strategy is a clear demonstration of those values, and we’re proud of the progress we’ve made in building a more sustainable future for our company, our customers and our planet.
I believe no other industry is more focused on solving the problems of the future than ours. The aerospace and defense industry builds platforms to last for decades. Therefore sustainability is an inherent and essential part of our business model.
Our industry’s commitment to the future also comes from working directly with governments responsible for promoting strong, safe and productive societies. More and more, international leaders agree that global and regional security is built on sustainable development. At Lockheed Martin, we know firsthand how to deliver environmental and social benefits to power a safer and more prosperous world.
As an industry, we also play an important role in setting the standards for ethics and integrity in business. Our business conduct builds trust with foreign governments and commercial clients who want and need long-term partners, not short-term contractors. Our core product offerings adhere to strict procurement rules because they must perform when it matters most. There is no room to cut corners – and we make it a priority to reinforce that message to our suppliers and global business partners, alike.
Thanks to the hard work and commitment of our 126,000 employees around the world, we achieved or exceeded 95 percent of our sustainability commitments in 2015. While we are very proud of this progress, we know we can – and must – do even better in the years ahead. That’s why we’ve set ambitious goals and continue to provide updates to our stakeholders through this—our fifth annual sustainability report.
In this year’s report, you’ll see some of our most significant accomplishments, including progress on reducing our carbon footprint, enhancing diversity and workplace inclusion, building on our strong governance practices, and advancing our culture of workplace ethics.
This report gives our customers, employees, shareholders and others a fuller understanding of our efforts—well beyond our compliance record or the progress we’ve made against performance indicators. We want our stakeholders to understand what we’ve done to advance our goals, how we accomplished those milestones and what we are doing to raise the bar for the future.
At Lockheed Martin, we’re used to facing complex challenges head-on and pursuing breakthrough solutions to the world’s most difficult problems. We approach sustainability the same way and are helping to engineer a better future.
In 2015, we again pushed forward in building a stronger business and a better, more sustainable tomorrow. When we look back on our progress, we’re proud of all we’ve accomplished. We’re equally proud of how we’ve done it—by adhering to the core values that have made us successful for over a century. That’s what has always set Lockheed Martin apart—and it is what always will.
Marillyn A. Hewson
Chairman, President and CEO