U.S. Headquarters: Falls Church, Va.
U.S. Employees: 67,917
Last Year’s DiversityInc Top 50 Ranking: No. 42
Why It’s on the List
The defense contractor has strong accountability factors for diversity and inclusion. The diversity focus is included in a suite of metrics for which executives are accountable. Diversity is one of six non-financial metrics that impact compensation. The diversity metrics are designed to “raise the bar” on targets, focusing on demographics and measuring against the available talent pool. The goals are increased annually.
Northrop Grumman has been actively working on talent-development initiatives for women, Blacks, Latinos and Asians, as well as LGBT people and people with disabilities. The company hires a significant number of veterans and has a program called Operation IMPACT to help them transition to civilian life. The company also has a variety of initiatives to recruit people with disabilities, including at the college level. The USBLN (US Business Leadership Network) last year named Northrop Grumman its Supplier Diversity Company of the Year.
Supplier diversity is very important at this company, with the CEO’s office providing strategic direction and overseeing efforts. Vendors must be certified by third-party organizations, including USBLN and the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. The company provides training, mentoring and scholarships as part of its supplier-diversity initiative.
Other DiversityInc Lists
- No. 7 The DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for Blacks
- No. 5 The DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for Veterans
Chairman, CEO and President
“At Northrop Grumman, we believe a diverse and inclusive workforce is essential to achieving business success. A diverse and inclusive work environment leads to high levels of engagement and innovation, both critical elements for top performance. The global marketplace is rapidly changing and companies must embrace diversity and inclusion to attain top performance and continued sustainability.”
Vice President of Corporate Responsibility
“At Northrop Grumman, we value a diverse and inclusive environment and view it as essential in all that we do. We believe it improves employee engagement, performance and enhances our partnerships in the community.”