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April 19 | Cipriani Wall Street | New York City


No. 35 | Northrop Grumman | DiversityInc Top 50

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Led by Chairman, CEO and President Wes Bush, Northrop Grumman has strong diversity-and-inclusion practices and effective employee resource groups.

The defense contractor 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.

At Northrop Grumman, every employee resource group follows the same operating model. The charter for the groups, overseen by Sandra Evers-Manly, Vice President, Global Corporate Responsibility, states each one must have an executive sponsor; at least three members; a set of company-approved bylaws stipulating that regular meetings be held; and an operating plan for events and activities.

The company has 13 groups with about 175 chapters representing 14,000 employees; most chapters meet four times a year. And there are constant requests for new chapters. To give the groups influence, executive sponsors can either be nominated by vice presidents of HR or identified by the resource group.


Wes Bush
Chairman, CEO and President

“To continue to attract and inspire the most capable people, we are committed to leading our industry in building a diverse workforce and expanding an inclusive culture where our employees can contribute, learn, grow and develop their professional skills. Providing our diverse workforce a more inclusive environment will help us to optimize the value of our diversity and sustain our high performance for years to come.”
Sandra Evers-Manly
Vice President, Global Corporate Responsibility

“Diversity and inclusion is paramount in all that we do. We believe that creating a workplace that values diversity and inclusion is pivotal to fostering innovation, improving productivity and enhancing engagement. Our goal is to continually evolve so that our workforce reflects the backgrounds, characteristics and perspectives of the global communities in which we work and reside. The collective diversity of our people—in terms of ethnicity, culture, military or veteran background, age, experience, thoughts, ideas, abilities, sexual orientation or gender identity, and work styles—allows us to provide affordable and innovative solutions to our customer’s most vexing problems.”


U.S. Headquarters   Falls Church, Va.

Global Employees    64,278

U.S. Employees       61,344


No. 1 Top 10 Companies for Veterans

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