Environment, Safety and Health

Mission and Strategic Focus

Natural resources, energy, climate change, social issues and economic pressures are often closely interconnected. These global challenges are an integral part of our mission, driving innovations that protect employees, save lives, increase efficiencies, reduce costs and minimize environmental impacts.

We are committed to facing these complex challenges head on, promoting innovation and responsible growth while contributing to a more sustainable future for our employees, communities and shareholders.

By integrating environment, safety and health (ESH) considerations into our operations and business practices, we create value by decreasing business risks and identifying opportunities while increasing the productivity, efficiency and quality of our employees’ work environment.

In keeping with key objectives to protect, enhance, optimize and simplify, our strategic focus areas guide our actions to ensure effective execution of our ESH mission. 

"Our commitment to energy, environment, safety and health is vital to improving operational performance and enhancing reputational value for our stakeholders."
Carol B. Cala
Corporate Vice President of Environment, Safety and Health
Carol Cala is the Corporate Vice President of Environment, Safety and Health (ESH) for Lockheed Martin Corporation. Carol oversees the ESH organization and Chairs the ESH Leadership Council that sets ESH corporate policies and direction. She evaluates the Corporation’s ESH accomplishments and provides leadership in establishing initiatives to improve corporate-wide performance; this includes Lockheed Martin positions on emerging regulatory and legislative ESH issues, and the Corporation’s interface with public stakeholders on ESH issues. Carol is a Director of the Board for Girls Inc., DC Chapter, chairs the Chief EHS Officers’ Council Executive Steering Committee of The Conference Board and serves on the Executive Business Issues Forum of the ORCHSE. Previously, Carol served as a Director of the Board for Sandia National Laboratories, was Vice Chair of the Board of Director’s for Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI), was Chair of the Executive Committee of the Mission Ready Sustainability Initiative (MRSI), Washington, DC, and served as Co-Chair for the Foundation Board of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County, Rochester, New York. Carol holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Chemistry and a Master’s of Science degree in Professional Studies: Environment and Business Management from Rochester Institute of Technology and has completed Executive Development programs at Smith College and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
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Environment, Safety and Health (ESH) Policy and Governance

ESH Policy Executive Summary

Lockheed Martin is committed to operating in a manner that prevents environmental, safety and health (ESH) accidents and incidents, actively manages risk, conserves natural resources, protects the environment, and ensures the safety of employees, contractors and the public.

Our ESH Policy applies to all Lockheed Martin operations and outlines responsibilities for its successful implementation across all levels of the Corporation. Our ESH Policy outlines key processes and integration methods for managing the ESH aspects of our business, which include:

  • Execution of the business in compliance with all relevant federal or foreign, state, local, customer, and corporate ESH requirements.
  • Documented ESH policies, procedures, guidance documents, metrics, programs and continuous improvement performance goals.
  • Institution of an ESH Management System is a systematic approach to the identification and mitigation of the risks or hazards of, as well as the realization of the opportunities provided by, the ESH aspects of Lockheed Martin’s operations and services.
  • Integration of ESH into sustainable business operations, including but not limited to product design, services, procurement, supplier selection, manufacturing, and property upgrade/renovation/rearrangement.
  • ESH resources, including technology, best practices, lessons learned, and access to legal requirements of countries in which Lockheed Martin operates, including resources relevant to emerging legislative and regulatory requirements and industry trends.
  • Commitment to the reduction of natural resource usage through efficiency, source reduction and recycling initiatives. Representation of Lockheed Martin on boards, committees, industry associations, and similar organizations that address ESH matters.
  • Communication of Lockheed Martin ESH performance to shareholders and other external stakeholders, including the communities in which Lockheed Martin operates.
  • Performance of ESH assessments for mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and real estate transactions.



Lockheed Martin’s ESH Management System as a systematic approach to the identification and mitigation of the risks or hazards of, as well as the realization of the opportunities provided by, the ESH aspects of our operations, products and services. This Management System is our foundation – driving regulatory compliance with an emphasis on continuous improvement across our business.

We are also focused on the integration of ESH into sustainable business operations, including but not limited to product design, services, procurement, supplier selection, manufacturing, and property upgrade/renovation/rearrangement. Our programs provide access to ESH resources, including technology, best practices, lessons learned, and detailed legal requirements of countries in which Lockheed Martin operates, including resources relevant to emerging legislative and regulatory requirements and industry trends.

Our Chemical Sustainability Program is one example of how we are addressing global emerging regulatory issues. We continuously seek opportunities to reduce and eliminate hazardous chemicals in our products and operations. We collaborate with our industry partners, such as the through the  International Aerospace Environmental Group, to develop industry-wide solutions and common standards for working with the global supply chain on chemical regulations and other environmental issues.

ESH Management System (ESHMS)

Safety and Health

The Lockheed Martin Safety and Health program goes beyond compliance to optimize Lockheed Martin operations through targeted safety, health and wellness opportunities designed to ensure safe work conditions, a healthy work environment, promote workforce resiliency and enhance business value. We make a difference, together with our stakeholders to integrate, enable and instill core safety and health competencies for workplace design, work practices and for workers to ensure successful implementation of the corporation’s mission.

Target Zero

Since its initiation in 2004, the Lockheed Martin Target Zero program focused employees and leaders in the direction of injury prevention to protect our most important asset: our people.  Together we find the way to ensure a safe and healthy workforce and workplace through ergonomic and operational design, protective work practices, worker resilience and targeted safety and health risk reduction techniques. Our approach to drive improvement encompasses education, leader accountability and employee engagement through a variety of safety and health programs and initiatives. The safety and health of every employee is paramount to our success as a business and is a strategic imperative for our organization. 

Leadership Involvement and Employee Engagement

  • Lockheed Martin drives leadership accountability and commitment to empower a safe and productive workforce. Leaders are encouraged to take proactive actions to engage with employees on safety, health and resilience, such as talking openly about safety and health strategies, facilitating open dialogues and Q&A sessions and being present and visible in teamwork environments.
  • Target Zero Structured Improvement Activity (TZ SIA) is a global Environment Safety and Health (ESH) risk reduction “signature offering” for Lockheed Martin.  Through collaboration with our business areas, the TZ SIA events empower teams to identify and mitigate workplace hazards and design/process inefficiencies through education, exploration and practical application, while concurrently driving workforce engagement, accountability and personal resilience.
  • Lockheed Martin facilitates the Ergo Cup competition each year to encourage employees to share and be recognized for their innovative solutions to address ergonomic injury risk in the workplace. Employees across the corporation participate in the competition by voting for their favorite submissions. 

Harmony in Healthy Living

A healthy business begins with healthy employees. We at Lockheed Martin are committed to providing the tools, resources and environment to support optimal health and well-being among our employees and their families, while ensuring the highest levels of protection and respect for privacy and confidentiality. We build employee health and wellness awareness, emphasizing preventive care and support. We motivate employees to make sustainable healthy lifestyle changes to build resilience and expand their capacity to perform.

Zero in on Safety

The Zero in on Safety technique is an easy way to remember that everyone is responsible for the safety and health of our work environment. When you encounter a situation that could cause an injury, just use the Zero in on Safety IDEA technique to remember what you need to do.

  • ID (Identify):  assess the situation to identify safety risk
  • Evaluate: determine the best course of action to address the risk
  • A (Act): communicate or report your safety concerns to colleagues and your leader and mitigate the risk

This technique can be used in any situation – at work or at home – to protect against life limiting injuries and ensure you live healthy productive lives and enjoy what matters most to you. 

It’s always a good IDEA to Zero in on Safety!

Safety Moments

Safety Moments deliver employee testimonials and conversational stories through entertaining educational videos driving injury prevention awareness so that employees learn techniques to Zero in on Safety.

Go Green: Environmentally Conscious Business Operations

Our approach to championing environmental stewardship through resource efficiency is called “Go Green” and it extends to our facilities across the world. Go Green drives operational improvements by reducing carbon emissions through energy efficiency and use of renewable energy, and reducing water use and waste generation. In 2022, we adjusted our goals to account for the significant variation in occupancy driven by COVID-19 related operational changes (see graphic).

Since the inception of Go Green in 2007, Lockheed Martin has reduced carbon emissions by 53%, energy consumption by 19%, and waste-to-landfill by 49%.  In 2021, the Go Green program avoided $22.5M in costs compared to 2016. 

Carbon Emissions Reduction 

Our emission reduction goal was selected to outperform the Center for Sustainable Organizations model criteria for aligning with a 1.5 ºC outcome in the long-term. In order to continuously improve, we address Scope 3 emissions through information gathering, reporting, educational engagements with our suppliers, and participation with industry groups.  

Energy Efficiency

We deploy a dedicated team to identify energy efficiency projects across the corporation and we have a capital funding program dedicated to implementing financially sound projects. In 2021, the Go Green team helped to facilitate 64 energy efficiency projects that combined avoid the amount of electricity needed to power ~5,798 homes for one year.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounts for 22% of our domestic electricity usage, which is a mix of onsite renewables, renewable energy certificates (RECs), and a power purchase agreement.  Lockheed Martin’s Sustainability Management Plan calls for 30% of our electricity from global operations to be produced from renewable sources by 2030, through a combination of onsite and offsite generation. 

Green Buildings

We commit to annually increasing the percentage of facilities with green building certifications.  As of 2021, we operated 26 Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED), 1 Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM), and 9 ENERGY STAR certified buildings, totaling 3.6 million sq. ft.

Water Efficiency

We use the Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas to identify our sites in the highest water-stressed regions and those predicted to be in stressed regions out to 2040. That data is used to prioritize and execute site water balances and associated water conservation activities.

Waste Reduction

We implement a comprehensive total waste reduction strategy that focuses on minimizing the amount of waste our facilities generate and ensure that the waste generated at our facilities is properly handled according to local, state and national regulations. To do this, we consider packaging from our supply chain, reuse and repurposing of materials, and focused employee engagement to promote waste stewardship.

Lockheed Martin 2030 Performance Goals

Strategic Partnerships

We partner with the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Plants Program and the Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR Program and Green Power Partnership. These programs allow us to learn and share best practices with experts and peer companies and they provide recognition opportunities and useful tools to help us achieve our 2030 Go Green goals. In 2021, we earned ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year, Sustained Excellence, for Go Green’s robust energy management efforts.  

Environmental Remediation

With heritage operations dating back to the early 20th century, Lockheed Martin has built its success on long-standing innovation and business excellence as well as strategic acquisitions. Some of our operations conducted over the years, although compliant with relevant laws at the time, resulted in soil or groundwater contamination. Where remedial actions are warranted, Lockheed Martin works collaboratively with regulatory agencies and the communities to remedy the effect of the contamination.