In recent years, Raytheon has taken steps to incorporate sustainability principles into our supply chain management processes. We’ve integrated sustainability content into our source selection documents, into certain supplier assessment tools and into many of our suppliers’ quarterly business reviews. We’re working with key suppliers to ensure that they are committed to our sustainability values and have sustainability goals that they pursue.
Our Global Substances (GS) team also works with industry partners around the world to anticipate changing regulations, understand their impact on global supply chains and work toward common solutions. GS Program Manager Sally Gestautas is the elected chair of the International Aerospace and Environmental Group (IAEG), a nonprofit organization of global aerospace companies created to collaborate on and share innovative environmental solutions for the industry. The group works to promote the development of voluntary consensus standards and provide accessible solutions for key environmental issues. We also actively participate in the Aerospace Industry Association and IPC activities. The new IPC-1754: Material Declaration Standard for Aerospace and Defense issued in 2018 will transform how companies exchange information across the industry and with customers as time goes on.
As regulations in Europe and elsewhere target new materials, we examine the impact across our supply chain and share this analysis with customers. We also identify possible alternatives — often from the commercial sector. We then test and improve these new materials and work to navigate local public review processes.
We also help ensure that our suppliers are sourcing materials ethically and responsibly. This includes taking steps to responsibly source tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold (3TG minerals) that may originate in such conflict regions as the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In our latest filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, we reaffirmed Raytheon’s commitment to the Dodd-Frank Act’s Section 1502 conflict minerals rule. We work to ensure that our global supply chain partners provide information on their sourcing of 3TG. In addition, our direct contractual relationships with first-tier suppliers require them to monitor 3TG sourcing from their own suppliers.
We continue to build platforms to allow electronic supply chain transactions that reduce environmental impact while increasing efficiency. These include agreement and procurement processes conducted in Raytheon supply chain tools such as Supplier Relationship Management, and Enterprise Purchase Order and Agreement Documentation. They also include transactions from the Raytheon Supplier portal, which facilitates many supplier transactions associated with current contractors. We’ve also rolled out secured email processes to facilitate transmission of sensitive information to suppliers via a secured network.
Corporate Responsibility Report
This year’s report provides an expansive review of our corporate responsibility content, and highlights our efforts to enrich the lives of people, strengthen our performance, and reduce our footprint on the planet.