At BAE Systems, our advanced defence technology protects people and national security, and keeps critical information and infrastructure secure. We search for new ways to provide our customers with a competitive edge across the air, maritime, land and cyber domains.
We employ a skilled workforce of 85,800 people in more than 40 countries, and work closely with local partners to support economic development by transferring knowledge, skills and technology.
We work closely with local partners to support economic development through the transfer of knowledge, skills and technology.
We aim to create sustainable value for all our stakeholders. We operate responsibly and with integrity, supporting performance by managing both current and future risks and opportunities.
Whilst robust governance remains at the core of our business, we recognise the long-term sustainability of our business is also dependent on us managing the environmental and social impacts of our business.
We are one of the world’s largest defence and security companies. This global footprint and wide range of products and services means that our markets are subject to significant shifts and challenges in geopolitics, public spending and security priorities and engineering and cyber technology. We monitor and respond to these changes as part of our business operations.
Our sustainability agenda is fundamental to the success of our business. It supports our global business and provides a framework on how we do business. It is driven from the top with input from a wide range of stakeholders. When we think about what is material we consider how our approach to sustainability will drive success, contribute to our wider communities and reduce our impact on the environment.
We decide on what is a priority issue for our sustainability programme via a materiality process, horizon scanning and knowledge of the sustainable development landscape. The following priorities are considered and managed as part of our sustainability agenda:
Our ability to deliver against our strategy is dependent on recruiting and retaining people with appropriate talent and skills.
Safety and wellbeing
Ensuring a safe and constructive working environment is a fundamental responsibility
Ethics and business conduct
Our licence to trade is dependent upon adherence to our policies and high standards of conduct and behaviour.
Responsible supply chain
Our responsibilities and ability to operate require a sustainable supply chain. We also recognise the potential risks associated with an extensive sustainable supply chain. We also recognise the potential risks associated with an extensive supplier network, such as modern slavery and human trafficking
We are committed to respecting human rights. This applies equally to our employees, our suppliers and business partners.
Environment and climate change
The risk that climate change will have a significant and lasting impact on economic growth and prosperity is a factor that all companies need to recognise and respond to.
Supporting causes that have meaning to our business and the communities in which we operate is important to us.
Investing in technology and research and development (R&D)
Technology and innovation underpin our strategy and the development of our products and services.
We have a number of KPIs to track our performance of these issues and report on these annually in our Annual Report. We also inform our stakeholders of our progress and performance through responding to individual questionnaires and reports.
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