Our passion for environmental stewardship has never been stronger
The greatest contribution Leidos makes to environmental stewardship comes through the work we do for our customers. Our solutions complement our internal commitment to reducing our environmental footprint.
Internally, we use our energy and environmental expertise to inform our own accountability with regard to environmental impacts. We disclose environmental impacts of our business, and take steps to mitigate those impacts through programs that are beneficial to our environment, our customers, and our company. We set a goal to reduce our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 25% no later than 2020 relative to a 2010 baseline. Our legacy company achieved this goal six years ahead of schedule, largely due to restructuring, real estate reductions, and the concerted efforts of our employees. We are currently working to set new GHG goals and build on our achievements. We plan to release these goals in 2021.
Leidos promotes environmental stewardship as a key element of corporate responsibility, contributing to the environmental well-being of the communities where we live and work. We aim to contribute to our high-performance culture by creating a greener, more cost-effective company that is consistent with corporate values to be a good environmental steward in the communities where we live and work.
Finally, operating a sustainable business requires a safe and healthy environment. Leidos is committed to protecting the health and safety of our employees, our communities, our customers and the environment.
Our Management Approach
As a company that primarily provides services to the Federal government, Leidos has a relatively small environmental footprint. However, we have surpassed our legacy emissions goal through two primary measures. First, we have continually reduced the size of our real estate portfolio. The second measure is our Strategic Energy Management Program, which identifies energy reduction initiatives, including the introduction of energy-saving equipment at our facilities, and maintains goals to increase renewable energy purchases throughout our operations.
Our overall sustainability strategy includes voluntary measures to minimize GHG emissions and energy use, track environmental risks, and improve environmental data collection and visibility. Our strategy is defined by the Sustainability Working Group (SWG), which is co-sponsored by both the Vice President of Corporate Real Estate, Facilities and Workplace Services and the Vice President of Corporate Communications. The SWG membership consists of key representatives from each of the various Leidos functions, as well as customer-facing sustainability experts. The SWG tracks environmental performance throughout our operations, helps guide our overall sustainability strategy, and identifies and manages climate-related risks to our company. The executive sponsors provide annual updates regarding sustainability to the Board of Directors that includes information and feedback from the wider team. The SWG ensures Leidos makes continual progress towards meeting our goals of reducing environmental impact and risk exposure across the organization.
In 2019, Leidos implemented a new environmental management information system to better track and measure our environmental footprint. The system will also serve as a centralized hub for our ongoing energy and emissions management programs, and will allow us to update management more regularly on our environmental impact throughout the year.
Our emissions inventory is verified by a 3rd party every two years, and is reported to CDP, whose scoring we use as a benchmark to evaluate our environmental reporting.
Additionally, Leidos maintains an Environmental, Health and Safety Management System to ensure that we protect our employees, our environment and our stakeholders, as well as to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations. Our EH&S Management System consists of design, implementation and oversight processes to ensure consistent application across Leidos’ operations, inclusion of Leidos employees who work at customer-owned locations, and continuous progress towards a goal of zero accidents across our enterprise. Our EHS Management System has earned Leidos recognition as a leader in the field of occupational health and safety, and undergoes rigorous internal scrutiny.
Policies and formalized environmental procedures include:
- LP-LG-11: Environmental Health and Safety which expresses our commitment to:
- Minimizing detrimental environmental impacts arising from our business activities
- Environmental sustainability, including conservation of natural resources, pollution prevention, waste reduction, and recycling
- Statutory and regulatory compliance
- Incorporation of leading EH&S practices into our product and service offerings
- Leidos EH&S Manual
- Leidos Strategic Energy Management Plan