Partnerships and Accreditations

As part of Leonardo's commitment to providing a welcoming, inclusive and diverse environment for all our employees, we are signed up to the following organisations and initiatives in line with our Inclusion and Diversity Plan.

Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers (AFBE-UK) – Our partnership is designed to enable us to attract, develop and retain talent from different ethnic backgrounds – talent that we really value. AFBE-UK is a not-for-profit organisation with a current membership of 1,500 individual engineers across the UK.

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Carers UK – Leonardo is a proud member of Employers for Carers, Carers UK's business forum, supporting employers to develop a carer-friendly workplace that recognises, respects and values employees juggling work and unpaid care.

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Disability Confident Employer – Leonardo has been accredited as a Disability Confident Employer, recognising our commitment to bringing skills and talent that people with a disability possess to our workplace. As we work towards the Leader level of this award, we remain committed to making further improvements to the way that we attract, recruit, onboard, develop and support people with a disability or neurodiverse conditions, whether they work here today or work with us in the future.

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Flexible Working – Leonardo supports the Working Families charity’s ‘Happy to Talk Flexible Working’ initiative, confirming our commitment to offering smart and flexible working to enable our people to balance their working life with their responsibilities at home.

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Inclusive Employers – Leonardo partners with Inclusive Employers, who support our overall Inclusion & Diversity approach to creating an inclusive environment.

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Investors in People (IIP) – Leonardo UK has achieved Gold level accreditation for Investors in People's (IIP) 'Investors in Young People' (IIYP) and 'We Invest in Wellbeing', along with Silver level accreditation for 'We Invest in People'. These reflect the company’s commitment to supporting the development of its employees through opportunities offered by technology, succession planning and flexible working, and tackling challenges such as ineffectual decision-making, absenteeism and employee disengagement.


Into Work – Leonardo is delighted to be partnering with Into Work, the charity which provides personalised employment advice and practical support for disabled people and people with any long-term health condition who live in Edinburgh or Midlothian. The charity is also using its knowledge, skills and values to help Leonardo build effective teams with diverse qualities.

Pride in Defence – Leonardo is a member of Pride in Defence which aims to connect all the LGBTQ+ networks / employee resource groups within the UK defence sector organisations, and promote inclusion and diversity across the industry. Members are encouraged to collaborate, share best practice and organise pan-defence activities for LGBTQ+ individuals and their allies.


STEM Returners – This programme enables candidates to restart their career following a break. Leonardo recognises the skills and talent that these candidates offer and in return provides exciting roles coupled with excellent support on some of our cutting-edge programmes.

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The 5% Club – Leonardo is a proud member of the 5% Club, a campaign focused on creating momentum behind the recruitment of apprentices and graduates into the UK workforce.

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Think Act Report – Leonardo signed up to this voluntary Government initiative which aims to promote gender equality in the workplace and provides a simple framework to help companies consider gender equality and to focus on recruitment, promotion, retention and pay.

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Unite is firmly committed to equality and diversity within Leonardo. We feel the members of our union are a strong representation of the diversity within our communities. Equal pay and fair treatment both at work and in society is a key priority for our union, and we make it clear that we all have a duty to challenge discrimination, wherever possible. Unite acts on behalf of its members, and is happy to work with Leonardo to achieve greater equality and diversity in the workplace.

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Women's Engineering Society – Leonardo is delighted to work with the society, supporting and celebrating the many achievements of women in engineering and inspiring the next generation of innovators and pioneers. WES is a charity and a professional network of women engineers, scientists and technologists offering inspiration, support and professional development. It works in partnership with companies and organisations to: support and inspire women to achieve as engineers, scientists and as leaders; encourage the education of engineering; and support companies with gender inclusion and diversity.


Women in Aviation and Aerospace Charter – Leonardo is proud to be one of the major companies to have signed the WIAA Charter, pledging our support for improving the gender balance in our industry, and building a more balanced and fair industry for women.

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Women in Defence Charter – Leonardo is proud to be a signatory of this charter which is designed to promote gender balance across the defence industry.

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Read our Gender Pay Gap Report to see how we are making progress and meeting the requirements of our WIAA and WID Charter pledges.