Lockheed Martin’s Response to COVID-19
Frequently Asked Questions
Updated October 11, 2021
Lockheed Martin plays an essential role as part of the national security industrial base, supporting the critical missions of our customers in the United States and abroad. As we have done throughout the pandemic, we continue to follow federal, state and local mandates, including those requiring vaccinations. We also use other best practices to mitigate risks and protect the health and well-being of our employees and partners, while ensuring we meet our commitments to national security.
Q: How is Lockheed Martin implementing the U.S. federal executive order mandating vaccines for government contractors?
A: Lockheed Martin is following a U.S. federal government requirement for all federal contractors and subcontractors with a covered contract to observe COVID-19 safety practices (i.e., masks and physical distancing) and become fully vaccinated, except in limited circumstances where an employee has an eligible accommodation. As a means of fully complying, we are taking necessary steps to ensure a smooth implementation, including providing a system for employees to upload their proof of vaccination, get vaccinated and access a standard accommodations process for individuals unable to get vaccinated because their health status or sincerely held religious belief prevents it.
Q: What is your current policy on masks at your facilities?
A: Consistent with recent CDC guidance, all Lockheed Martin employees, visitors, and on-site personnel are required to wear a mask in an indoor setting in counties of substantial or high transmission (as defined by the CDC).
Q: How do you maintain a healthy and safe environment for your employees?
A: We have implemented a flexible teleworking policy for employees who can continue the essential work required to meet our commitments to the U.S. government and our key allies around the globe from home. We have actively encouraged vaccinations, facilitating conversations with our medical staff and providing employees with information on the vaccine. We have also made access to vaccines as easy as possible, including numerous on-site vaccination clinics in multiple locations. As a result of these efforts, we are above the national average for fully vaccinated adults among our U.S. workforce.
We have established minimum staffing and social distancing and mask wearing policies consistent with current federal guidance for our employees who continue to support national security in our factories and labs. Employees with suspected or confirmed exposure to COVID-19 are instructed to self-quarantine at home in accordance with the latest federal, state and local protocols.
Working closely with local health departments, we also identify and inform any employees who interacted with individuals exposed to or diagnosed with COVID-19 while maintaining confidentiality. We advise those employees to stay home and monitor symptoms that may develop.
Our Facilities teams have increased cleaning schedules within all our buildings and campuses across Lockheed Martin, with a high concentration on common areas like lobbies, restrooms, breakrooms and elevators. Upon learning of a confirmed case for any employees working on-site, a contracted professional cleaning and restoration company sanitizes the employee’s workspace, surrounding workspaces, common areas, and entrances and exits throughout the building. This disinfection service meets CDC guidelines.
We also post signage on-site and regularly share exposure-prevention protocols to reinforce healthy behaviors.
Q: Have your travel and visitor policies changed in light of COVID-19?
A: We have limited international and domestic travel, and visitors to our locations unless necessary for business.
Q: What impact is COVID-19 having on Lockheed Martin’s supply chain?
A: Throughout the pandemic, we helped ensure a healthy supply base, accelerating payments to more than 10,750 suppliers, including more than 6,500 small businesses across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and 47 nations. We will continue to accelerate cash to small businesses and vulnerable suppliers to meet commitments vital to national security. In 2021, we are averaging more than $400 million weekly in accelerated payments to our supply chain partners, with a focus on small and vulnerable businesses in our supply chain.
In 2020, the Department of Defense announced it would increase progress payment rates to large businesses from 80 percent to 90 percent, accelerating payments for the completion of work in recognition of the challenges posed by COVID-19. Lockheed Martin has flowed all of the accelerated payments it has received from the Department of Defense to its supply chain with a focus on small businesses and those at-risk. We consistently monitor COVID-19 impacts and continue to accelerate cash to at-risk suppliers and small businesses, working with our U.S. government partners and suppliers, to meet commitments vital to national security.
Q. What has Lockheed Martin done to support its supply chain?
A: Lockheed Martin consistently monitors COVID-19 impacts, working with the U.S. Department of Defense and suppliers, and will continue to accelerate cash to at-risk suppliers and small businesses to meet commitments vital to national security. In March 2020, the Department of Defense announced it would increase progress payment rates to large businesses from 80 percent to 90 percent, accelerating payments for the completion of work in recognition of the challenges posed by COVID-19. We have flowed all of the accelerated payments received from the Department of Defense to our supply chain – more than $1.4 billion – giving priority to small and vulnerable suppliers, as we continue our efforts to mitigate COVID-19 risks and promote a healthy Defense Industrial Base.
In 2021, we are averaging more than $400 million weekly in accelerated payments to our supply chain partners, with a focus on small and vulnerable businesses in our supply chain. We will continue to assess COVID-19 impacts, working with our U.S. government partners and suppliers, and accelerate cash to at-risk suppliers and small businesses to ensure that we continue to meet commitments vital to national security.
Q: Has Lockheed Martin continued hiring during the pandemic?
A: We recognize that providing jobs during this period of economic downturn is critically important. Our ability to hire is a testament to our financial stewardship prior to and during the pandemic, which is one of the reasons we’re in a position to continue supporting the supply chain as well through weekly accelerated payments, helping vulnerable suppliers maintain their skilled workforce.
Q: What support has Lockheed Martin provided to local communities?
Since the pandemic began, Lockheed Martin has donated nearly $22 million to non-profit organizations and public schools to provide students access to remote learning resources; supported military families and veterans; and helped communities alleviate the educational, food and health challenges caused by the pandemic.
In addition, we have donated corporate air support to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the National Marrow Donor Program. Across more than 20 states, we have produced more than 57,000 face shields and 97,000 gowns for frontline medical workers caring for COVID-19 patients, medically vulnerable seniors, and first responders. These donations have gone to approximately 300 locations, including children’s hospitals, local fire departments, and senior living facilities that are integral parts of the communities where Lockheed Martin employees live and work.
Q: What support has Lockheed Martin provided Internationally?
A: COVID-19 has impacted many of the nations with whom we have the deepest partnerships. As a global organization, employing thousands around the world, we are working hard to support our customers’ missions and the communities of which we are a part. We are supporting COVID-19 related initiatives in 15 different countries, including:
- In Asia, our support has ranged from providing supplies to hospitals in the Daegu area of South Korea; donating unused laptops to underprivileged students in support of distance learning via non-profit organization Engineering Good, and providing relief to front line workers and volunteers through the Courage and Invictus Funds in Singapore; and a variety of apprenticeship and remote mentoring initiatives in India and elsewhere.
- In Australia, we have supported a national mental health organization through a donation in support of its online and telephone services. These services, which have seen an exponential increase during the pandemic, are accessed by Australians affected by anxiety, depression and suicide, as well as their family and friends.
- In Canada, we have donated funds to Food Banks Canada to ensure that vulnerable Canadians are able to receive vital food support during this difficult time. We also have contributed to the Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services to help veterans and their families.
- Across various locations in Europe, we have contributed to community first responders, local hospitals and veterans’ initiatives. In particular, we have been closely engaged with our local communities in northern Italy at the four hospitals that are coordinated with the Commander of Amendola Air Force Base; in Poland with the hospital and emergency services in Mielec in cooperation with our PZL Mielec team; and in Bulgaria and Romania in support of active military, veterans and civilians seeking care across military hospital systems. In Spain, we are contributing to the National Centre for Biotechnology where a special crisis research team, with scientists from across Europe, has been established to focus on COVID-19.
- In Israel, we have continued our support for the Rashi Foundation to initiate and support distance learning efforts at the MadaKids kindergarten.
- In Latin America, we have donated funds in Mexico to Patronato HGT to support the vital work undertaken by the General Hospital of Tijuana. In Colombia, we are backing ‘United for Colombia’ to provide for continued training by the Mayo Clinic for Colombian Military Medical personnel.
- In the Middle East, we have contributed to the World’s Tallest Donation Box, launched as part of the “10 Million Meals” campaign. The effort provided meals to families who found themselves most vulnerable to the impact of COVID-19 during the Holy Month of Ramadan. We also extended our support for local internship programs and arranged for expanded virtual participation options.
- In the United Kingdom, our engineers and apprentices have manufactured medical grade PPE equipment for frontline healthcare staff using 3-D printing technology. And we have contributed to the National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal and national COVID-19 testing laboratory.