History of Ethics

 
 

Ethics & Corporate Responsibility

History of Ethics

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History of Ethics

Leidos has placed ethics at the forefront since its founding in 1969.

Ethical business conduct is a hallmark of our business and we commit to corporate integrity and compliance throughout all levels of the company. Leidos established ethics and compliance as a cornerstone of employee behavior by forming the Employee Ethics Council (EEC) in 1984. Comprised of representatives from each group across the enterprise, the EEC seeks to embed ethics into our business culture. It is an important resource and a strong part of the Leidos Ethics and Compliance Program. The EEC exchanges information, discusses best practices, and presents concerns of interest to the enterprise. EEC members also serve as one of the eight channels for employees to report violations of the Leidos Code of Conduct and other ethics concerns.

Leidos pioneered a number of industry best practices in developing its Ethics and Compliance Program. As one of the early signatories to the Defense Industry Initiative on Business Ethics and Conduct (DII), Leidos is now considered a leader among the nearly 80 companies that comprise the DII. Leidos is also unique in its long history of Board-level ethics oversight. In 1988, the Board of Directors created the Ethics and Corporate Responsibility Committee (ECRC), a committee of board members responsible for reviewing and recommending policies and procedures that maintain a business environment committed to high standards of ethics and integrity, sustainability, and legal compliance. The Board’s close oversight of the company’s Ethics and Compliance Program is now considered to be a best practice in the defense industry.

Leidos created a senior management position to oversee the Ethics and Compliance Program in 2005. Today, the Senior Vice President, Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer, reports to our CEO and the Chair of the ECRC. Through comprehensive training, continuous communications and leadership actions, these steps helped to embed our values-based program into everyday activities across the enterprise.