Our efforts went beyond programs and resources designed to benefit Leidos employees, and provided for those most in need in our communities.
We committed additional time and resources to battle one of the major issues of our time, the Opioid crisis, as well as initiated planning to launch a new campaign specific to mental health and mental well-being. The new campaign, a direct result of signing the Business Roundtable’s Purpose of a Corporation redefinition, focuses on COVID-19 related anxiety and depression; Veterans and anti-suicide; and continued substance use disorder prevention.
Further, Leidos was recognized as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the highest standards of ethical business practices. We are one of only 128 honorees from 21 countries and 50 industries to receive this recognition. Being named one of the World's Most Ethical Companies for the second consecutive year is an exclusive honor and distinguishes companies like ours that drive positive change through ethical practices, promotion of corporate citizenship, and responsible governance and leadership. This recognition truly sets us apart.
The annual Leidos Corporate Responsibility Report, published in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI™) Standards Framework, takes stock of the progress and impact of the Company across multiple areas assessed as important to its growth and sustainability. Each year, Leidos strengthens its workforce, maintains a commitment to hiring veterans, further reduces its Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, seeks to educate and engage employees, enhances its robust ethics program, and expands its participation in the community.
The highlights below are just a few of our key accomplishments and successes in major focus areas during calendar year 2019.
- To support the communities where we live and work, Leidos made more than $4.5 million in charitable donations and employees contributed approximately 27,000 volunteer hours to a wide variety of company-sponsored causes including STEM education, basic needs and wellness, ethics, and leadership, and support to our military and intelligence personnel and their families.
- In 2019, Leidos continued to build on our impactful anti-opioid social responsibility campaign. The multi-faceted internal and external campaign included additional awareness/educational materials published on Leidos.com, participation in regional panels led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Dept. of State, achieving a milestone of 100+ CEOs signing to pledge their support (i.e., call-to-action published to Leidos.com to encourage industry partners to join our cause), continued expansion of our non-profit relationships, and various community and state chamber engagement projects in Maryland.
- We maintained strong partnerships with fourteen different colleges and universities through our long-standing Strategic University Alliances program, focused on improving STEM education, as well as bringing high-technology solutions to the nation's most challenging problems.
- 1 of every 4 Fortune 500® companies is a valued energy, environmental science, and engineering client. We currently manage 1.8B of support to clients across all markets including nine federal agencies and all five U.S. military branches.
- Leidos is ranked by Engineering News-Record among the Top 10 federal environmental firms and Top 200 environmental firms, including the Top 5 in Nuclear Waste, Top 10 in Solar Power, Top 25 in Transmission and Distribution, and Top 50 in Hazardous Waste.
- In 2010, as a company, we pledged to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 25% with a deadline of 2020. We have already reduced GHG emissions by more than 50%, and we are on track to exceed this target even further.
- We increased renewable energy purchases by nearly 500% between 2018 and 2019 using Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs).
- We implemented an award-winning sustainability software enabling us to monitor our environmental footprint, better track employee volunteerism and causes of interest, and collect employee health and safety information.
- We formally added inclusion as the sixth Leidos value. More than 20,000 employees responded to our Engagement Survey 2019, providing feedback on their perceptions and opinions of the culture at Leidos. Overwhelmingly our employees responded that Leidos is committed to inclusion and diversity in the workplace, and that their managers also prioritize and promote diversity and inclusion. Adding inclusion as a value solidified and formalized our commitment to inclusion and diversity.
- For the second year in a row, Leidos attained best in class rankings on the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index including: Number of Women on Board of Directors, Family Care, Health Care, Flexible Work, Career Development, and Diversity & Inclusion Strategy, and Supplier Diversity Initiatives. We also received a 100 percent score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's 2020 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), the nation's premier benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality. The top score of 100 percent, which emphasizes Leidos' unwavering commitment to inclusion, diversity, and workplace equality, earned the company the distinction of "Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality."
- We partnered directly with employees to understand their career aspirations by aligning their passions and interests to an effective skill set that serves both the organization and the community. We offer a range of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) including supervisor responsibilities, PMP® certification preparation, Innovation Awareness, and System Engineer Certification Training. Leidos continues to offer more than 3,000 online courses at no cost to employees or their organizations on topics such as business, management, and information technology.
- More than 20 percent of our workforce are veterans, illustrating our strong affinity with the military both in our workforce. We maintained our “Best for Vets” and Top 100 Military Friendly Employer designations. For our Operation Military Veteran Program (MVP) efforts, we were once again named to the VETS Indexes List, which includes publicly traded companies that support the hiring and professional development of veterans.
We are proud of the programs and activities our corporate responsibility report outlines and the actions we pursued to help our company grow and become more sustainable in 2019. The report complies with the Global Reporting Initiative™ Standards Framework.