Social responsibility has many faces, and Lockheed Martin is working hard to ensure that it encompasses all of them.
For thousands of underprivileged Los Angeles high school and middle school students, the face of Lockheed Martin is Manny Sanchez. He’s a tutor, a mentor, a role model, and, for some, an initial contact for an internship or full-time job.
“When you look into the eyes of these children and for the first time see hope, it’s a moving emotion,” says the chief systems engineer for hybrid aircraft at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Palmdale, Calif. “It’s a feeling of pure joy, knowing you have helped another human being get to their goal.”
Sanchez’s volunteer activities - more than 800 hours worth - one year alone - are rewarding for the students he touches, for himself personally, and for the Corporation. He’s one of the tens of thousands of Lockheed Martin employees who volunteer in their communities and convey in a very personal way the culture of social responsibility that exists throughout the Corporation.
Although philanthropic contributions and the efforts of dedicated volunteers are excellent examples of Lockheed Martin’s positive impact on communities, there are many other ways the Corporation demonstrates its social responsibility.
Social responsibility covers everything from financial performance, to labor practices, to environmental programs, to supply chain management and, of course, community involvement programs. Everything we do as a corporation affects communities and the environment in some way, and that’s why we strive to consider those impacts in all of our corporate decision making.
Environmental programs, in particular, have been a Lockheed Martin focus in recent years. Collectively known as Go Green, Lockheed Martin’s environmental initiatives encompass a wide range of activities designed to conserve resources and lower emissions.