A message from our CEO
Ever since 1933, when the first Rockwell Collins radios marked every step of Admiral Byrd's historic journey to the South Pole, "trust" has been at the heart of how we do business. This Corporate Responsibility Report tells our story of how we build that trust, focusing on a business case for corporate responsibility that drives our bottom line, our innovative spirit and the future of our company and our world.
Saving millions through ES&H
In alignment with our global growth strategy, we believe investing in environment, safety and health is the right thing to do for the world, and the smart thing to do for our business.
Our Global Sustainability Team identifies opportunities to reduce our carbon footprint and lower operating costs by actively managing and reducing energy usage. We have achieved a 26 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions over the past six years. By fostering a company culture of energy conservation, we're saving millions of dollars in operating costs.
Others are noticing our environmental efforts. We're proud to be named, for the eighth year in a row, to the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index. Our inclusion in the index is another measure of our commitment to sustainability – and responsibility.
Investing in STEM
However, corporate responsibility goes beyond the environment. We believe making an investment in the social and educational health of our communities pays deep dividends.
In FY2016 Rockwell Collins contributed $5.4 million in charitable and in-kind contributions to our communities, with more than half going toward education – specifically, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
We're also a long-time supporter of FIRST®, a global non-profit organization dedicated to building a better world for tomorrow by engaging students through STEM education. I'm proud to serve as the co-chair on the Board of Directors at FIRST, and our employees and retirees together spend thousands of hours volunteering with FIRST programs. In addition, we donate $1 million each year to the global non-profit because we believe our investment, as well as other STEM efforts throughout the communities in which we live and work, is essential to developing the next generation of innovators who will lift our industry and Rockwell Collins to new heights.
innovation through diversity and inclusion
We also continue to believe strongly in the business case for our diversity and inclusion journey that broadens and empowers the voices that drive our company's path forward. Ours is a company and industry built on ideas. So it is essential that we build a work environment that embraces the kind of global variety of cultures, insights and experiences that lead to the best, most innovative thinking.
We're proud to be named to Victory Media's 2017 Military Friendly Employers list as well as the 2016 "Top Supporters of Historically Black Colleges and Universities Engineering Schools" list be US Black Engineer and Information Technology magazine. In addition, we achieved a 100 percent score in the 2016 Corporate Equality Index from the Human Rights Campaign foundation for LGBT Workplace Equity 2015.
Building a heritage of ethical behavior
Equally, we must maintain Rockwell Collins' deeply ingrained culture of ethical business performance.
The recognition we've received eight years in a row from the Ethisphere® Institute as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies is a testament to our employees' high standards of business conduct. In addition, we were named most JUST Company in the Aerospace & Defense industry by JUST Capital and Forbes. Good corporate citizenship starts from the top, but to be among the most ethical companies requires a real commitment from all employees – as well as our suppliers, our business partners and associates – to do the right thing, for the right reasons, every time.
Our pledge to you
As our company continues to grow, we pledge to maintain the highest environmental, social and ethical standards. Because it's how a successful company – one committed to building trust every day – conducts itself now and far into the future.
Chairman, President and CEO