Sustaining our world: risk prevention and mitigation

Effective ES&H management begins by identifying the complex set of risks posed by our business operations, and then implementing best practices to prevent or mitigate these risks. We use a risk-based focus to continually assess and reassess opportunities to protect our people, our business and our communities. This approach allows us to define and focus on the foundational elements required for sustaining solid ES&H performance, while identifying opportunities to enrich our efforts.

Enterprise risk management

Rockwell Collins views enterprise risk management as a systemic, portfolio-based approach to identifying and managing the risks and opportunities facing the company as a whole. Environment, Safety and Health is one of the business areas assessed in the enterprise process as well as at the facility level through aspect and impact analysis. We align our risk management activities with our obligations, objectives, goals and strategies, and proactively and systematically identify and manage risks to the enterprise in order to:

Business continuity planning

Rockwell Collins considers business continuity planning (BCP) to be a critical business process. Each of the company's key locations is required to devote appropriate resources to ensure it effectively implements and maintains a comprehensive business continuity plan. During the past several years many of our key customers have examined the adequacy and robustness of our business continuity plans and have responded with high praise and marks.

Our BCPs assume a worst-case scenario and the disruption impact the scenario may have on essential operations, associated supporting resources (people, processes, technology and the supply chain) and the ability to deliver products or services critical to our customers. By taking this approach, Rockwell Collins is able to identify weaknesses in its business model and proactively develop plans and actions that improve operational resiliency in such scenarios. Our BCP activities are supported by:

Compliance assurance

Understanding the national and local ES&H regulations of our locations around the world is an increasingly complex responsibility. To help us define and meet these compliance obligations, we use web-based regulatory software tools as well as local consultants to identify applicable national and local ES&H requirements, maintain cognizance of rule changes and develop plans to comply with these regulations at our facilities across the enterprise. We also maintain robust auditing programs to evaluate compliance with applicable regulations and company policies and procedures.

Web-based tools and databases are used to facilitate the process and ensure that current information is available. The results of these audits help us identify system or business process issues that may be the root cause of any compliance problems. Sites are typically audited on a two-year interval for compliance, although the annual audit schedule is prioritized based on the risk associated with operations and past performance of each of our facilities.

Hazardous materials of concern

Industry has been increasingly affected in recent years by regulations targeted at reducing or eliminating hazardous materials and substances in our products. These regulations typically require either detailed material information disclosure or removal over time of certain hazardous substances from components, raw materials and/or manufacturing chemicals. Material substitutions and obsolescence issues are predicted to be a common outcome as manufacturers and suppliers try to adapt to the changing regulatory landscape.

To address this challenge, Rockwell Collins has assembled a cross-functional enterprise team to develop the knowledge, tools and procedures necessary to comply with current and future material content legislation. Working closely with our supply chain is critical to our success in these respects, and we are deepening that relationship to ensure our suppliers are aware of and responsive to any new legislation or changes to existing legislation.

Legacy liabilities

As a company with a long history, we remain dedicated to remedying the adverse effects of past industrial activities and continue to explore technologies and best practices for achieving results. Fortunately, we have relatively few environmental remediation and monitoring projects where we are the sole responsible party. A listing of these sites is shown below.


Former Maine Electronics Site, Lisbon, Maine


Former Ralston Disposal Site, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Rockwell Collins Site, Melbourne, Fla.

In addition, there are a number of cleanup sites where we have partial responsibility and provide limited financial contributions to ongoing remedial activities.