Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion

We are at our best when different perspectives and experiences energize our environment. That’s why diversity and inclusion are at the center of who we are and how we deliver the innovative solutions on which our global customers depend. It comes to life in our efforts to attract, develop and retain employees, nurture and partner with our small and diverse suppliers and deliver programs that provide opportunity in the communities we serve.

We formalized our Diversity & Inclusion initiative in 2000, and it has significantly strengthened our culture.

In 2017, we deepened this commitment through a number of initiatives, including comprehensive efforts to broaden representation of women and people of color, especially in leadership positions. We also launched Diversity 2020, an employee engagement campaign backed by Raytheon’s senior leadership team. And we announced Raytheon’s ninth executive diversity champion, Wes Kremer, Integrated Defense Systems business president.

Diversity and Inclusion

“As the company’s leader, I’m a strong advocate for change to strengthen our inclusive culture — a culture that rests on the foundation of values that emphasize trust, respect, collaboration, innovation and accountability. It’s a journey, so I’m never satisfied when it comes to this issue.”

— Thomas A. Kennedy, Chairman and CEO

Leading from the Top

Raytheon’s commitment to diversity and inclusion starts at the top, with an actively engaged leadership team that’s spearheading a strategic, multiyear plan to improve diversity and inclusion. The plan incorporates researched, process- and culture-focused efforts to address the imperative to cultivate a richly diverse and inclusive workforce.

Our strategy focuses on nurturing an inclusive environment that honors our differences, developing these differences to drive growth, and ensuring that our workforce reflects the customers and communities we serve. It affects how we source candidates for employment, how we identify and develop high performers, how we evaluate employee contributions to the company and how we are driving leader responsibility and accountability.

Specific actions include revamped talent acquisition and development processes; required training on topics like unconscious bias and inclusive leadership; diversity-related annual goals; and the Diversity 2020 communications campaign to drive conversation and action around fostering a diverse and inclusive environment.

A Culturally Competent Workplace

We work every day to foster an inclusive and culturally competent workplace that embraces all our differences as opportunities to expand global growth, build competitive advantage and drive collaboration. We've achieved these objectives by focusing on three primary areas:

We embed diversity content into our education and development programs to evolve our collective thinking about how a diversity of ideas requires a diversity of thinkers.

We give current and future leaders the exposure and experience they need to cultivate a global and inclusive mindset.

We rely on a diverse workforce to help us collaborate on innovative solutions that meet the needs of our customers — both domestic and our growing global customers.

As we engage our global customers, we strive to understand what diversity means within different cultures and how we can most effectively harness and integrate diverse ways of thinking. We develop focused learning initiatives to ensure that our global workforce accurately understands and represents the markets where we operate.

Our Country Foundation Briefs series, developed in partnership with our global business development team, serves as a valuable resource to better understand the cultures and business environments of our global growth countries.

Employee Resource Groups

Raytheon’s employee resource groups have been an integral part of our diversity and inclusion journey — and a key to maintaining a richly diverse talent base. ERGs provide cross-business networks that lead and contribute to projects at Raytheon and in the communities where we do business.

We gave ERGs a new charter and structure that tightly align them with our strategies and priorities. Their cross-business networks and commitment to making Raytheon a more inclusive workplace for everyone is invaluable.

From tapping into professional networks that serve women and people of color to supporting the development of all Raytheon employees, ERGs are indispensable to the long-term vitality of our workforce and business.


Employee Resource Groups

Employee Resource Groups

“The Women’s Forum gave me an opportunity to connect with colleagues from across the company who shared similar experiences and challenges. The networking opportunities have created long-term relationships that are impacting my career and success today.”

— Erin Scheaffer, Raytheon Women’s Forum attendee

Inclusive Leadership Training

In 2017, we introduced a new education module named the Inclusive Leader and delivered it to every Raytheon leader. The course helps leaders better understand the scope and challenge of managing and leading in a diverse/multicultural workplace. It heightens their awareness of key concepts related to group identity. And it equips leaders with the skills they need to engage their teams and employees one on one. We are also embedding the Inclusive Leader content into a number of leadership events. Survey results and feedback have been overwhelmingly positive.

More than 90 percent of Raytheon leaders completed the inclusive leader education module in 2017.

Women’s Forum

We also launched our inaugural Raytheon Women’s Forum, where 360 leaders gathered in Dallas, Texas, to identify and remove barriers to career advancement for women. Participants engaged in honest, productive dialogue about the challenges women face in the workplace and identified specific actions to address those challenges at Raytheon. Small groups of women were empowered and funded to conduct "experiments" on topics such as flexible work arrangements, leadership and succession planning. Several of these experiments led to initiatives that will be adopted across the company.

Women’s Forum


Many of Raytheon’s female engineers also volunteer their time for Raytheon’s STEM outreach to girls at area schools. They also participate in our Raytheon Women in Engineering, Science and Technology program, known as RWEST. They mentor early-career women on the many paths available in engineering and encourage them to make bold moves and follow in their footsteps.

Raytheon Female Engineers Volunteer

Toby O’Brien

“Raytheon remains committed to making the world a safer place, and that includes keeping our warfighters and fellow citizens safe, regardless of their gender identity and expression. We have transgender employees who served to protect our country. We are fortunate to have them as colleagues and I thank them for their service.”

— Toby F. O’Brien, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is a pervasive type of discrimination that affects individuals across all industries. Advancements have been made in anti-harassment policy and education over the decades, but the recent news illustrates that we are still far from a world in which individuals feel safe and empowered.

At Raytheon, we strive to ensure a high-integrity and retaliation-free environment and to strengthen employee advocacy.

Every employee is required to review and acknowledge Raytheon's code of conduct, which states that “employees are expected to treat fellow employees, customers and business partners with respect and dignity.” Respecting others is not only the right thing to do, but it also helps our business by creating an environment that fosters productivity, collaboration and innovation.


Regarding sexual harassment, we strictly enforce Raytheon’s Sexual Harassment Policy. We also provide companywide and targeted communications and training in accordance with applicable laws to ensure that employees understand:

  • What sexual harassment is.
  • How to report sexual harassment.
  • The employee’s role in preventing sexual harassment.

Managers of people have a special obligation to encourage an open work environment and culture where employees are treated respectfully and can raise issues or concerns without fear of retaliation. This includes responding promptly and appropriately to any allegations of reported harassment.

Together we ensure not only a legally compliant workplace, but also an environment where all employees can thrive, succeed and contribute to their fullest potential.

GLBTA Support

GLBTA Support

Raytheon also expresses our commitment to diversity and inclusion through our support of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and allies employees. We achieved a 100 percent rating on the Human Rights Campaign's 2017 Corporate Equality Index, which is the national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices pertinent to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees.

GLBTA Support

We were the first company in our sector to achieve a perfect rating on this index. In 2017, our GLBTA employee resource group promoted awareness and support by circulating an ally wall for Raytheon leaders and employees to sign.

This was an important opportunity to express our shared values by supporting a vulnerable GLBTA community that faces unfavorable policy changes in some states where we operate.

We strive to broaden the dialogue around diversity issues, welcome all voices and answer all questions.

Workplace of the Future

As our work, workforce and work habits evolve, we’re enhancing our value proposition by addressing key elements of the workplace experience. We’re creating flexible workspace options — both physical and virtual — that encourage “place making” at the office and empower employees to choose how they work — in shared space, in a private cube, at home or at a customer site. This flexibility makes employees more engaged and more productive and enhances their emotional and physical well-being.

Job Training Inspires Afghan Women

Education can be empowering for women, increasing their social mobility and participation in the labor force. The U.S. Army recognizes its importance in Afghanistan, a country where UNESCO reports a current female literacy rate of 17 percent, and is funding a program to train Afghan women to support the Afghan National Defense Security Forces. The Gender Occupational Opportunity Development program, or GOOD, began in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Feb. 1, 2017.

Raytheon supports this program by employing two dozen instructors to teach 50 students across multiple locations.

We provide English language instruction and literacy training in Dari and Pashto and also provide computer training targeted toward administrative work.

The program aims to empower students to communicate with the Afghan Army and coalition forces more effectively, qualify to fill positions in the government’s open job listings and begin to make informed decisions for themselves and their families.

Supplier Diversity

At Raytheon, supplier diversity is something we own and embrace. Each day, we challenge ourselves to become more inclusive — and to do our everyday jobs in ways that reflect our company's values. We follow a deliberate diversity strategy that combines an acute focus on the specific solutions suppliers provide with a stratified approach to use companies of various sizes.

This strategy drives innovation, agility and competitiveness within our supply chain and allows us to deliver the innovative solutions our global customers depend on.

We continue to mentor and develop small businesses to ensure mutual success. Our strong relationships with the National Minority Supplier Development Council, the Women's Business Enterprise National Council and other advocacy organizations provide a valuable source of new suppliers — and an opportunity to share knowledge, advice and information with prospective partners.

In 2017, we participated in 75 customer, local and national outreach events to identify and provide access to potential small business partners. Raytheon received several awards for our advocacy, development and utilization of small and diverse suppliers. For example, we received the prestigious Department of Defense Nunn-Perry award, which honors companies demonstrating performance excellence in conjunction with the Department of Defense’s Mentor/Protégé Program. Raytheon was also recognized as one of America's Top Corporations for Women's Business Enterprises, earning a “GOLD” award from the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. This national award honors companies with leading Supplier Diversity programs who are sustaining results and creating innovative and best practices that support Women Business Enterprises. The National Veteran Small Business Coalition also recognized us with a Champions of Veterans Enterprise award.

Supplier Diversity

Supplier Diversity

Raytheon Procured 26.3% of Products & Services

Raytheon Procured 26.3% of Products & Services

A Small Company Steps Up

Raytheon doesn’t just do business with suppliers — we invest in them by helping them become better supply partners to other companies, and more engaged members of their communities.

In 2016, Raytheon’s existing vacuum brazing provider closed its operations. In vacuum brazing, workers join pieces of metal using a sealed, air-free furnace. Raytheon uses these parts for radar systems that affect multiple contracts across the enterprise.

At the time, more than 120 purchase orders were open for the aluminum vacuum brazing parts.

Raytheon turned to an existing supplier to meet this critical enterprise need. We approached Riverside Machining and Engineering, a woman-owned small business known for innovation and performing difficult specialty work.


Together, Raytheon and Riverside implemented lean manufacturing capabilities to ensure on-time delivery of parts and increased capacity in Riverside’s machining centers in support of Raytheon as well as their other customers.

Riverside met the challenge, integrating many projects and meeting aggressive delivery schedules for multiple programs and customer platforms. For doing so, Riverside won Raytheon’s EPIC Supplier Excellence Program Award, which recognizes a supplier’s overall excellence in performance, innovation and collaboration.

Small Company Steps Up


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