Product Stewardship

At Lockheed Martin, we accept nothing short of excellence in everything we do. Our innovative, first-class engineering approach extends into the sustainable products and services that we offer customers on a daily basis.

We consider operational and design decisions every step of the way in order to improve long-term efficiency and affordability of our products and services. Our quest is to reduce total life cycle costs without affecting product quality, while also minimizing human health and environmental impacts. We continue to evolve our processes in order to make the most efficient decisions early on – from material selection and manufacture through our customers’ use phase and end of product life.

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Chemical Sustainability Program
We continue to seek opportunities to eliminate and reduce hazardous chemicals in our products and operations. We collaborate with our industry partners through the International Aerospace Environmental Group to identify and develop industry-wide solutions and common standards for working with the global supply chain on chemical regulations and other environmental issues.
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Life Cycle Considerations
Operational efficiency, material selection and chemical use are all significant factors in the long-term sustainability of products and are essential to sound product stewardship. We use an analytical framework using Life Cycle Analysis techniques to understand environmental issues in our business.  We estimate that approximately 87 percent of our total environmental impact is directly associated with product use. The balance is principally in the supply chain and to a lesser extent from direct operations.

 

As our customers further their guidance and research into program lifecycle costs and impacts, as well as emerging contaminant risks, these topics will become increasingly prevalent in contract requirements. We are anticipating customer needs by incorporating our strong culture of innovation and sustainable thinking into engineering design and program management.

 

  

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Program Excellence Leading to Performance Improvements

A hallmark of Lockheed Martin’s commitment to excellence is evidenced in long-lived aircraft lines, like the C-5 Galaxy program. This program has demonstrated continuous improvement resulting in sustainability-related enhancements over decades of operation.

  

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Sustainable Supply Chain
We build sustainable supplier capabilities by partnering with our supply chain to reduce adverse environmental impacts, to promote human rights, health, safety and ethical behavior, and to enable responsible supplier growth and raise standards. We define Sustainable Supply Chain Management as “management of our supply base to drive affordability and innovation through social responsibility and environmental stewardship.” The objective of Sustainable Supply Chain Management is to ensure alignment of our supply base’s social, ethical, environmental, safety and health responsibilities with Lockheed Martin’s sustainability commitments.

Learn more about our Sustainable Supply Chain Management program.