At Leonardo DRS, we believe that in order to succeed as a company, we must remain a strong and positive contributor to the communities where we do business, and do everything we can to protect the environment. Sustainability to us means an enduring and comprehensive commitment to corporate social responsibility, including investing in our people, fostering innovation, lending support to our communities, and doing our best to protect the environment. Our performance in this area is one of the major reasons that our parent company, Leonardo SpA, was named the aerospace and defense industry leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index last year.
Leonardo DRS has taken decisive action to enhance our commitment to responsible consumption, workforce diversity, employee education, and corporate social responsibility. For example, we enacted a Sustainability Risk Management model to develop a supply chain that meets the needs of Leonardo DRS today, yet protects our resources and the environment for tomorrow’s generations. To ensure a safe workplace, we pinpoint physical risks and hazards through a highly collaborative team approach, identifying and communicating solutions to create a work environment that puts the physical safety of our employees first.
Creating a more sustainable business is a never-ending journey to align the company’s core values and strategy with its broader commitments to the environment, the communities where we do business and the welfare of our own fellow teammates. Total success can only be achieved with an eye toward the future and the next generation of leaders who will carry forward the great heritage of Leonardo DRS for many years to come.
Leonardo DRS has increased the scope of diversity in our workforce and has supplied our employees with opportunities to learn and build their skills. Minority hiring, the number of women in the workforce, and the number of women in management positions all increased last year. Our recruiting teams expanded their employment pools by targeting a more diverse population, increasing our visibility in minority, women, military, and veteran-based publications and websites and at recruiting events. We enhanced our college recruiting efforts to include an increased focus on historically black colleges and universities and expanded our student internship and co-op programs. A Diversity Advisory Group was established to champion and recommend ideas to promote diversity and inclusion within the company.
Leonardo DRS is a leading contributor to Military Service Organizations that provide direct support and services to military families, consistent with our commitment to the men and women of the armed forces. Among these worthy recipients are the USO, the Armed Services YMCA, and the Fisher House which provides housing and transportation for families to visit wounded members of the military. The DRS Guardian Scholarship Fund and similar programs across all of the military services provide college tuition for the children of troops killed in action.
Our employees donate time and money as volunteers and supporters of multiple community-based organizations including the Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, food shelters and other worthy charities. Our employees actively support education through Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, or STEM, activities in local schools, while the company participates in the Youth Apprenticeship Program and awards a DRS Founder’s Scholarship for engineering students.