Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging

At Textron, we are committed to fostering an environment of respect and inclusion where every voice is heard and each employee has an opportunity to contribute and grow professionally. We attract, hire, develop and retain those who may fall within any spectrum of race, color, religion, sex, age, national and ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or any other dimension of diversity.

We believe that by employing highly talented and diverse employees who feel valued, respected and are able to contribute fully, we will improve performance, innovation, collaboration and employee retention. All of this contributes to stronger business results and reinforces our reputation as leaders in our industries and communities.


To improve our outreach to diverse candidates, we have increased our recruiting efforts at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), enhanced our partnerships with diverse professional organizations and participated in diverse STEM conferences.

Here are some examples of our diversity initiatives in action in 2020:

  • Textron executives, senior leaders and employees attended the Black Engineer of the Year (BEYA) STEM Conference. Textron also served as a sponsor of this conference.
  • Textron increased participation with diversity organizations at its core schools by more than 60%, engaging with national student associations, such as the Society of Women Engineers, the National Society of Black Engineers and the Society of Hispanic Engineers.
  • Textron focused our recruiting efforts for underrepresented minorities by engaging directly with HBCUs like Tuskegee University and North Carolina A&T State University and virtually attended six national diversity conferences:
  • Great Minds in STEM
  • Women of Color
  • Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE)
  • Hispanic Professional Engineers
  • HBCU Career Development Marketplace
  • Society of Women Engineers

At each of these conferences, Textron participated in career fairs and professional development sessions. Current employees also had the opportunity to attend these sessions.

To recognize the accomplishments of our diverse employees, we promoted STEM Award nominations across our businesses. The result was an increased number of entries and winners at the following 2020 STEM conferences:

  • BEYA: 8 employees honored
  • SASE: 5 employees honored
  • Women of Color: 8 employees honored

In addition, Textron continues to partner with the DirectEmployers Association, an organization that helps connect us to diverse job seekers via syndication services. This relationship helps Textron advertise its open positions on a significant number of military/veteran network, diversity and disability job websites.

Through our membership in the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA), we are developing and expanding our relationships with minority bar associations and other legal diversity organizations to introduce and attract diverse candidates to opportunities throughout our family of companies. Additionally, we sponsor the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) to diversify our outside law firm portfolio.

We are also an industry partner and Gold Level sponsor of Advancing Minorities Interest in Engineering (AMIE), a non-profit organization whose purpose is to expand corporate, government, and academic alliances to implement and support programs to attract, educate, graduate and place underrepresented minority students in engineering careers.


Textron’s Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging (DIB) Committee plays a role in helping us to achieve this goal of ensuring an inclusive and welcoming workplace for all. Comprised of colleagues from each of our business units, the DIB Committee provides strategic direction and guidance on actionable steps to support the Company’s goal of creating a global culture of diversity, inclusion and belonging. Through outreach with internal and external stakeholders, the DIB Committee is dedicated to bringing to life the belief that a diverse workforce is a competitive advantage and is directly linked to driving innovation throughout our businesses.

“At Textron, I believe we can be a place where people of all backgrounds and experiences work together to make great things happen. Perhaps more importantly, we can be a place where people want to be together. As a company, we will continue to take action to strengthen our efforts. We all have a role to play in making this happen.”

Scott C. Donnelly Chairman and
Chief Executive Officer

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We are DIB allies committed to empowering our people to push past possible by fostering a modern culture that achieves value through inclusion, challenging the status quo, promoting new ways of thinking, and advocating for unity.


We recruit, develop and retain high-performing, talented and engaged employees with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.


Our teams collaborate to foster an inclusive culture and advocate for the diverse people and skills that develop our breadth of products.


Our diverse business culture makes us competitive across each business unit and promotes a diverse ecosystem of customers, suppliers, colleges and universities.


As an equal opportunity employer, Textron is committed to a diverse workforce and a barrier-free employment process. Textron is committed to providing workplace accommodations, making all our workplaces accessible to individuals of all abilities. We consider each request for accommodation on a case-by-case basis and strive to provide all applicants and employees with reasonable accommodations necessary to apply for and perform the essential functions of their jobs.


Textron’s defense businesses develop the products and services that keep our bravest and brightest men and women safe while accomplishing their missions. We appreciate the unmatched experience, skills and perspective veterans provide our company.

The military skills translator tool that we added to our website’s career pages in late 2019 proved very popular. This resource provides job-seeking veterans with the ability to match their military occupation codes or titles to our open positions. In 2020, more than 1,300 candidates used the tool to apply to at least one position.

Textron is a member of the Veteran Jobs Mission, a coalition of more than 200 companies committed to hiring veterans. As of the end of 2020, Textron employed 3,739 veterans, representing 15.2% of our U.S. employees, and actively recruits former military candidates.


Textron Systems was recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor with a HIRE Vets Gold Medallion Award—the only federal-level veterans’ employment award that recognizes a company’s or organization’s commitment to recruiting, employing, developing and retaining veterans.


In the charts below, diverse employees are defined as people who identify as female or diverse based on race or ethnicity. United States executive leadership is defined as employees who are eligible to receive equity-based incentive awards.

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Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are company-sponsored, volunteer-based groups of employees who—based on shared experiences, characteristics or interests—join to cultivate engagement, diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace. Supported by executive sponsors, ERGs enable employees to connect and educate one another, facilitate communication between members and company leadership and encourage personal and professional development while also supporting our outreach efforts. Although employees of Textron’s businesses establish ERGs within their own companies, all are open to all Textron employees.

Our ERGs include:


  • ACE (Asian Corporation of Employees)
  • BAANG (Bell African Ancestry Networking Group)
  • C4D (Champions for Disabilities)
  • FUSION (LGBTQ+ Employees, Family, Friends and Allies)
  • HAWC (Health and Wellness Community)
  • LA CAMPANA (Latinx Employee Resource Group)
  • NEXGEN (New Employees and Early Career Professionals)
  • PAB (Parents at Bell)
  • VORTEX (Veterans Outreach Through Employee eXperience)
  • WLF (Women’s Leadership Forum)


  • DRIVE (Develop, Retain, Inspire, Value, Engage)

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  • Fusion (Employees who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Queer, Intersexed and/or Asexual+ and their straight allies)
  • LEAD (Leadership, Education and Development)
  • Plane Talk Toastmasters
  • Takeoff (Provide new, career-minded individuals with the opportunity to gather, network, support and develop one another through social, professional and educational events)
  • Textron Aviation Employees’ Club (Provide our members, their families and retirees with the facilities and activities for health, fitness and fun)
  • Textron Aviation Employees’ Flying Club
  • Textron Aviation Flyers (A community of cyclists)
  • WINGS (Women’s Initiative for Networking, Growth & Success)


  • Colors of Textron
  • Employee Connection Committee
  • Employee Engagement Team
  • Green Team
  • LEAD (Leaders Empowering and Accelerating Development)
  • Providence CARES
  • Textron Teammates
  • Women in Network


  • BRIDGE Committee
  • CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility)
  • Cultural Committee
  • Environment, Health & Safety—EHS
  • POSH (Prevention of Sexual Harassment)
  • Sports Committee
  • Toastmasters Club
  • TWIN (Textron India Women Network)


  • Health & Wellness
  • RIDE (Respecting Inclusion,
    Diversity and Equality)
  • Veterans
  • Women’s Forum
  • Young Professionals Group


  • Fusion
  • Room for All (RFA)
  • Veteran’s Network
  • Women’s Network
  • Young Professionals Network


Textron is committed to providing Equal Opportunity in Employment to all applicants and employees regardless of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, national and ethnic origin, marital status, military service or obligation, veteran status, handicap, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law. This commitment must be followed in all aspects of employment and personnel practices including but not limited to: recruitment, hiring, placement, performance evaluation, upgrading or promotion, demotion, transfer, compensation, benefits, layoff and recall, training and development, social and recreational programs and application of all Company policies, procedures, and benefits.

Within the United States, it is Textron’s policy to take affirmative action to employ and to advance in employment, all persons regardless of their race, sex, status as individuals with disabilities or protected veterans, and to base all employment decisions only on valid job requirements. Textron develops annual Affirmative Action plans with specific goals to support and promote the employment and advancement and fair pay of minorities, women, qualified disabled persons and veterans.

We are dedicated to maintaining a workplace free of harassment or discrimination and where all employees are treated with dignity and respect. Employees are encouraged to report any suspected harassment or discriminatory conduct, and the Company is committed to investigating all reports of harassing and/or discriminatory conduct and taking appropriate action in response when an investigation reveals any prohibited conduct. Managers and supervisors are specifically responsible for taking actions to prevent violations of Textron’s equal employment opportunity policy and to maintain a work environment that is free from harassment or discrimination and reporting any conduct that violates this commitment. Retaliation of any kind against employees for reporting discrimination or participating in investigations is expressly prohibited.