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Valuing Workplace Diversity

We strive to create a culture of inclusion and to build a diverse, multifaceted workforce. This is about valuing people, valuing diversity, and setting our company up to be successful, now and for the future. We think working across differences is what leads to advancements and innovations.

Soliciting Student Diversity

We know recruiting diverse talent builds an enriching workplace and a deep and broad knowledge base. Raytheon is committed to partnerships needed to build a diverse STEM candidate group.

  • We partner with our nine Raytheon Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) for community and diversity talent outreach.
  • We attend 10 STEM-related National Diversity Conferences where recruiting is a top priority.
  • We have on-campus relationships with 77 schools, 11 percent of which are historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

The New ABCs of ERGs

As of 2014, our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) included more than 20,000 members. But those who belonged to smaller or more remote groups could sometimes feel isolated. And communication between chapters wasn't always reliable.

Now that we're shifting to a regional ERG approach, we think members will find welcome opportunities for engagement. The new regional model increases inclusion in several ways. It enhances member networking, learning and professional development, and collaboration opportunities across sites, job hierarchies and businesses.

Increased influence

Each ERG will also have increased presence at central meetings. The nine ERG global presidents will now be integrated into the Raytheon Diversity & Inclusion Council, in direct contact with the company's Chief Diversity Officer, business diversity leaders, and critical partners of diversity and inclusion. ERG leaders will have greater opportunities to shape future company strategies as a result of the new model.

RAYVETS: Expanding ERGs, Expanding Diversity

The Raytheon Employee Veterans Network became the ninth and newest employee resource group in 2014. Raytheon employs more than 10,000 veterans. And last year, RAYVETS evolved from a system of small chapters to an official employee resource group. RAYVETS supports veterans who work for the company as well as veterans' organizations in local communities.

RAYVETS goals are to:

  • Create business impact through veterans' involvement in product and service solutions.
  • Foster a supportive employee armed forces veteran community.
  • Further personal and professional development.
  • Promote and recognize the veteran's identity within Raytheon.

With their unique experience, product knowledge and customer-centric insights, veterans can help us harness our expertise to optimize solutions for our warfighters.

In 2014 we became a founding member of the Disability Equality Index (DEI). A joint initiative of the American Association of People with Disabilities and the U.S. Business Leadership Network, the DEI is a national, transparent benchmarking tool that gives Raytheon an opportunity to review an objective score on our disability inclusion policy and practices–and identify opportunities for continued improvement.

Supporting supplier diversity

When it comes to the value of diversity, we believe in educating those with whom we do business outside our company. In 2014, we participated in 19 customer and industry events to share our diversity best practices. In addition, we support the growth of minority-, women-, and veteran-owned businesses:

  • Through supplier advocacy groups, we support supplier diversity matchmaking efforts sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration; local and regional minority, women and veteran assistance organizations; and government customer small business conferences.
  • We participate in the National Minority Supplier Development Council and Women's Business Enterprise National Council.
  • In 2014, we procured more than $1.2 billion in goods and services from minority- and women-owned businesses and more than $2 billion from small businesses.
  • We were named one of the top 50 companies for supplier diversity opportunities for minority- and women-owned businesses by Diversitybusiness.com.
  • We were named one of America's Top Corporations for Women Business Development by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council.
  • And we were recognized by the National Veteran Small Business Coalition for partnering with businesses owned by disabled veterans.

Preventing Injury Through Education

Doing a job successfully means doing it safely. That's why we ensure safe working conditions for all of our employees. This includes going above and beyond compliance requirements and providing effective safety training and education.

Preventing Injuries

Raytheon implements a number of proactive injury-prevention measures, such as the Voluntary Protection Program® (VPP) overseen by the Occupational and Safety Health Administration (OSHA). Approval into VPP is OSHA's official recognition of the outstanding efforts of employers and employees who have achieved exemplary occupational safety and health. OSHA evaluates premier worksites that demonstrate exemplary safety programs. Sites undergo a rigorous audit to gain certification. Becoming a Star-certified site under VPP is no small accomplishment, making certification a sure way to show customers, employees, the industry and communities that a company is a leader in safety and health.

That's why we're proud that three more Raytheon sites won VPP Star status, and 10 sites have been re-certified.

RMS Diné Facility

The Diné Facility (RDF) is the only VPP Star site on a Navajo reservation and one of only two certified sites on any reservation in the U.S. The facility was also awarded the Leadership in Safety Award from Navajo Nation OSHA and the state of New Mexico's Green Zia, an environmental and sustainability award granted to the most exemplary sites in the state. RDF is in northwestern New Mexico, and 90 percent of RDF employees are Navajo.

SAS at the Aberdeen Proving Ground

The APG site in Maryland is not only the latest Raytheon location to be awarded a VPP Star but also the first on the Aberdeen Proving Ground base. The site was noted for many best practices, with its emergency preparedness program being cited among the best.

IIS Indianapolis Site

Raytheon's Intelligence, Information and Services (IIS) Indianapolis facility offers a broad spectrum of capabilities in engineering, manufacturing and logistics. The workforce applies expertise to a wide variety of programs for the U.S. Department of Defense, Canada's Department of National Defense, allied military forces, U.S. federal agencies including the Department of Energy, and commercial entities.

33 of our worksites are now Star-certified under OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program — making us the leader in aerospace and defense. More than half of our employees work at Star-certified sites.


In 2014, federal, state and local regulatory agencies conducted 105 environmental, health and safety inspections of Raytheon operating locations. A total of seven Notices of Violation (NOVs) were issued, five for environmental and two for safety; none resulted in fines. We perform a thorough root-cause analysis for each NOV and share lessons learned across the company to prevent recurrence. We are proud of our exceptional compliance record.


Corporate Responsibility Report

Our report looks at our efforts to enrich the lives of people, strengthen our performance and reduce our footprint on the planet.

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