Our report is consistent with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), a third-party organization that has developed a widely used environmental, social and governance reporting framework.
We published our first Northrop Grumman Corporate Responsibility Report in 2008, highlighting our environmental and social performance. Transparency and accountability are fundamental to our business and our approach to responsibility reporting. This 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report continues our reporting of issues important to our internal and external stakeholders, including local communities, customers, employees, government and industry, shareholders, partners, professional associations, scientists, policymakers and suppliers. Material aspects, as defined by GRI, are those that “ ... reflect the organization’s significant economic, environmental, and social impacts; or substantively influence the assessments and decisions of stakeholders.” Throughout this report we use the word “material” as it applies to this stated GRI definition of the word rather than the Securities and Exchange Commission usage regarding public company reporting.
We prepared this report using the GRI G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines and self-declare the report "in accordance" with those guidelines at the core option. A key step in developing this 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report was ensuring the majority of content reflects the issues material to Northrop Grumman. In addition to this Corporate Responsibility microsite, we have a printed report available for download.
Finally, for the fifth consecutive year, we assembled and engaged an independent external review panel to provide feedback and advice from a stakeholder perspective.