Northrop Grumman earns top diversity accolade

May 12, 2020
The company ranked 15th on DiversityInc’s annual list for the Top 50 Companies for Diversity, moving up two spots from last year

Northrop Grumman has been ranked 15th on DiversityInc’s annual list for the Top 50 Companies for Diversity, moving up two spots from last year’s ranking. In the DiversityInc specialty lists rankings, Northrop Grumman was ranked 2nd for people with disabilities, and 4th for both veterans and employee resource groups (ERG). The company was also recognized as a top company for LGBT employees.

“Diversity and inclusion is rooted in our culture and our values, and we want our employees to know they can be their true selves at work,” said Kathy Warden, chairman, CEO and president, Northrop Grumman. “I truly believe that diversity and inclusion drive performance. Great ideas come from diversity of thought, background, perspective, culture, gender, race, age and many other factors. We continue to make great strides in ensuring our employees feel respected and know their voices matter.”

Last year, Northrop Grumman received the highest ranking for the fifth 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 company was also named a “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion” recipient. The award recognized the company for its exemplary policies, strategies and initiatives that have resulted in measureable outcomes in disability inclusiveness in the workplace.

In addition to its other initiatives, Northrop Grumman has a number of programs 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), an 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.

Northrop Grumman has 13 ERGs that provide benefits for both members and the company. Across more than 270 chapters, these groups include those supporting African Americans, Asian Pacific Islanders, Hispanics, Native Americans, women, people with disabilities, veterans, LGBT employees, young professionals, parents and families, multiple generation, virtual employees and environmentalists.

The DiversityInc Top 50 list, issued yearly since 2001, recognizes 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.

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