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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI)

Attracting and developing a diverse workforce, ensuring equity in our programs and practices, advancing an inclusive workplace, and positively impacting the communities we serve are vital parts of life at BAE Systems. We believe that every employee should be able to see themselves reflected at every level of the company; that we must work to ensure every employee can reach their full potential; and that we must advance a culture of inclusion where every person is valued and feels they belong. Learn more about how we nurture diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) below.

Employee resource groups (ERGs)

Our ERGs create impactful opportunities to build cultural competence, provide resources for professional development and empower employees to be their best and most authentic selves.

Diversity Partner Conferences (DPCs)

Each year, we attend several Diversity Partner Conferences in order to network and learn from industry leaders, build talent pipelines, and support the growth and development of our employees. 

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) Impact Report

We're proud to share our annual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Impact Report which details the actions we've taken, the progress we've made, and where we’re headed on our DEI journey.

DEI learning and inclusive development

Our DEI Learning programs are designed to increase cultural competence, develop inclusive behaviors, and better-equip everyone to champion DEI. Our Inclusive Development programs provide equitable professional growth opportunities for those in underrepresented groups. Some key programs in our portfolio are outlined below.

DEI in our DNA

DEI in Our DNA is BAE Systems’ foundational Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion course designed to convey the importance of DEI to our business and introduce participants to fundamental aspects of DEI, such as inclusive behaviors.


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B.R.I.D.G.E Mentorship Program

The BRIDGE (Bringing Reciprocal and Intercultural Development and Growth to Everyone) Mentorship Program aims to facilitate cross-cultural learning and connections. These ongoing, intentional and mutually enriching relationships are designed to help participants feel safe sharing about their identities and experiences, explore and better-understand themselves and others, and develop meaningful connections across the organization. 
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Brand Leadership Institute (BLI)

The Brand Leadership Institute (BLI) is a coaching and community-enhancing program designed to help women connect and address hidden barriers to leadership. This cohort-based experience intentionally creates a safe community for women to connect with other women both within BAE Systems, Inc. and across other companies. Since 2019, over 200 BAE Systems employees have graduated from BLI.

Learn more about BLI on our careers blog
Six BLI alumnae from BAE Systems gather for a dinner to celebrate cohort graduation

Senior Leadership Team Sponsorship Program

Each member of our Senior Leadership Team sponsors employees in underrepresented groups across the organization.

The purpose of the program is to: improve readiness for more senior roles; increase racial diversity in leadership; provide development, exposure, and high-visibility opportunities; and, develop meaningful relationships.
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Inclusive benefits

Mental health support

Supporting the mental well-being  of our employees is vitally important to us. We offer benefits through our provider like our Employee Assistance Program (EAP), virtual therapy options, and veterans support hotline.

Grow & support your family

We recognize that families come in many forms. As an enrolled member of our benefits, you will have access to caregiving, childcare, fertility, adoption, and surrogacy financial assistance and resources.

Versatile medical coverage

Our plans are designed to meet the diverse needs of you and your family. Along with access to Cigna's network of providers, enrolled benefits members enjoy 100% coverage for preventative care and 24/7 telehealth services. 

Flexible scheduling & PTO

Who doesn't appreciate flexibility? We promote it through our leave policies, remote and hybrid work options, and alternative scheduling opportunities like the 9/80 schedule, which allows for every other Friday off.

Benefits to baby steps: Amy's path to motherhood

The path to parenthood is different for everyone. For Amy, it was a journey supported by fertility benefits, friends, and hope.

Does company culture matter? Right now, more than ever.

By: Matt Grasso, Value Stream Specialist and Outlink President

Resilience and Reciprocity – The Monica St. Julien Story

How a natural disaster, a terminated program, and a courageous conversation shaped one of BAE Systems' best leaders
Our commitment to individuals with disabilities
We're committed to fostering a culture where everyone has the support needed to thrive. While we know our inclusion journey is not complete, we're proud to be recognized as an employer of choice by Disability:IN's Disability Equality Index, an independent benchmark for measuring disability inclusion and equality.
A BAE Systems Program Manager and BEYA Award-Winner, Khalid smiles for a photo in the hallway of the office building her works out of. Posters of airplanes are hanging behind him.
Join our talent community
Many are drawn to us for our mission-critical work, but they stay because of our authentic sense of camaraderie. We unite through an inclusive community that allows for everyone to realize their true potential – both personally and professionally.

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