Top ranked aerospace and defense company for the tenth year in a row; rated first in support of veterans and people with disabilities
FALLS CHURCH, Va. – May 16, 2019 – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has been ranked 17th on DiversityInc’s annual list for the Top 50 Companies for Diversity. The company was ranked 23rd in 2018 and was once again the top rated aerospace and defense company. In the DiversityInc specialty lists rankings, Northrop Grumman was ranked No. 1 for both veterans and people with disabilities. For the last 10 years, Northrop Grumman has earned a Top 50 ranking for diversity from DiversityInc.
“At Northrop Grumman, we remain steadfast in our commitment to embrace all dimensions of diversity and inclusion so this recognition is particularly meaningful,” said Kathy Warden, Northrop Grumman chief executive officer and president. “It starts with the tone at the top – leaders at all levels are held accountable for understanding and demonstrating the core tenets of diversity and inclusion. And as the diversity of our teams has increased, so has our performance.”
Rated No. 1 for veterans for three years in a row, Northrop Grumman has a number of initiatives to support veterans including a Veteran Inclusion Committee whose mission is to support veteran engagement, inclusion and retention; Operation IMPACT (Injured Military Pursuing Assisted Career Transition), a unique, award-winning, diversity program within Northrop Grumman focused on assisting severely wounded service members as they transition from the military to a private-sector career; and the VERITAS all-inclusive employee resource group which is committed to recognizing and supporting active duty and reservists, National Guard members and veterans through community outreach and networking programs aligned with company business objectives.
Last year Northrop Grumman received the highest ranking for the fourth year in a row on the Disability Equality Index (DEI), an annual benchmarking tool for companies to self-report their disability policies and practices. The DEI is a joint effort between the American Association of People with Disabilities and Disability:IN, formerly known as the US Business Leadership Network, that helps to advance the inclusion of people with disabilities. In addition, Northrop Grumman was recognized by the National Organization on Disability as a 2018 Leading Disability Employer™ for its commitment to building a disability inclusive workforce.
“We consistently strive to foster an open and trusting environment that values diversity, is truly inclusive and creates strong engagement for all members of the Northrop Grumman team,” said Sandra Evers-Manly, Northrop Grumman vice president of global corporate responsibility, and president of the Northrop Grumman Foundation. “We have a broad and global mindset which focuses on multiple dimensions of diversity to include gender, age, race, religion, sexual orientation, disability status, veteran status and other characteristics.”
On the DiversityInc Top 50 list, Northrop Grumman also ranked No. 5 for its employee resource group program, No. 7 for executive diversity councils, No. 8 for its work in philanthropy and No. 12 for its efforts in talent acquisition.
The DiversityInc Top 50 list, issued yearly since 2001, recognizes the nation's top companies for diversity and inclusion management. These companies excel in areas such as hiring and retaining and promoting women, minorities, people with disabilities, LGBT individuals and veterans. DiversityInc's annual survey yields an empirically driven ranking based on recruitment, talent development, senior leadership commitment and supplier diversity.
Details on Northrop Grumman's diversity and inclusion efforts can be found at http://www.northropgrumman.com/CorporateResponsibility/Diversity/Pages/default.aspx.
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