Honoring and Fulfilling Dr. King’s Legacy of Service


DATE:              January 21, 2013
TO:                   All Lockheed Martin U.S. Employees
FROM:             Marillyn Hewson, Chief Executive Officer and President

SUBJECT:       Honoring and Fulfilling Dr. King’s Legacy of Service

Today, Americans everywhere will pause to reflect on the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a man whose vision of freedom, equal rights and justice lifted all of us to a higher plane.  His dream of equal opportunity for all, so eloquently stated from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963, became our collective dream, and today remains an American ideal.

Throughout his life, Dr. King showed us how powerful one inspired individual can be.  He challenged all of us to “Make a career of humanity … You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in.”

That call to service has inspired succeeding generations of Americans to become better citizens.  It also inspires all of us at Lockheed Martin to find new ways to serve and support our customers and the communities where we live and work.   

Our company is distinguished by a commitment to service.  Last year, Lockheed Martin donated $25.2 million to non-profit organizations that support veterans and military families; encourage students to explore science, technology, engineering, and math careers; and improve the quality of life in our local communities. 

Even more impressive is your record of service.  Last year alone, our employees collectively gave $21.3 million from their own pockets to educational institutions and charitable organizations—including our own Employee Disaster Relief Fund—and volunteered more than 700,000 hours to worthy causes.  You also demonstrated a strong commitment to the men and women of our armed forces, together stuffing more than 19,000 care packages for those far from home.  Your generosity in such challenging economic times shows the true depth of your character. 

With your help, Lockheed Martin is becoming an even better corporate citizen.  In 2012, we met our environmental sustainability goals ahead of schedule, so we’ve set even more ambitious goals for the years ahead.  We also established a Corporate Sustainability Council to continue to challenge ourselves to grow our business responsibly. 

Thank you for all you’ve done, and all you continue to do, to “make a career of humanity.”   And in this new year, 45 years after Dr. King’s passing, let’s keep supporting his dream.