U.S. Headquarters: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Global Employees: 20,000
U.S. Employees: 15,000
Last Year’s DiversityInc Top 50 Ranking: 43
Why It’s on the List
The defense contractor moves up this year as its diversity-management efforts pay off in terms of creating an inclusive workplace culture and improved human-capital results.
At this company, the commitment from the top is very strong. Chairman and CEO Clay Jones is a very visible D&I leader, chairing the executive diversity council, and he holds senior executives responsible for also being D&I leaders and for reaching goals. He meets regularly with resource groups and has been instrumental in creating and supporting community diversity efforts. All of his direct reports are executive sponsors of resource groups.
The company uses diversity scorecards to assess goals, measuring human-capital and supplier-diversity progress as well as developmental moves, mentoring, retention, and leadership diversity training and engagement.
The company has eight resource groups, which are available to all employees. They include groups for veterans, new hires, LGBT employees and people with disabilities.
Rockwell Collins has also improved its supplier-diversity initiative. The company requires Tier II (subcontractor) diversity. Procurement-management compensation is tied to supplier-diversity results, and the company provides mentoring, training and financial education for suppliers.
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Chairman and CEO
“The complexities of our products and solutions for the aerospace and defense industry necessitate diverse abilities across our workforce. I’m convinced that creating a more welcoming and inclusive environment for all our employees will seed the innovations required to make our company successful far into the future.”
Director, Diversity and Workforce Effectiveness
“At Rockwell Collins, we’re deeply aware that the future of our company depends on our ability to attract, retain and engage people – and the ability of those people to provide innovative solutions for our customers around the world. I’m a firm believer that diversity drives innovation.”