Human Rights

General Dynamics recognizes the fundamental human dignity of all people

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General Dynamics Corporation Policy Statement on Human Rights

General Dynamics Corporation recognizes the fundamental human dignity of all people.  As a company with operations and suppliers around the world, we appreciate the importance of ensuring that basic human rights are respected in our business activities. This core value is embedded at all levels of our business.

We believe that corporate values are best measured by the conduct of the corporation and its employees, not words on the page. That is why our corporate Ethos is the single most important element of our culture.  It undergirds all of our actions. Through our Ethos, we commit ourselves to transparency, trust, honesty and alignment in all things, at all times: between fellow employees; with our customers; and toward anyone with whom we interact.  It is our fundamental moral character.

These fundamental values demand responsible and ethical practices, including regarding human rights. We respect the dignity of the work on our behalf. We do not discriminate, and we value the diversity of our workforce and business partners. We respect the rule of law.  We recognize the special responsibilities that come with products and services with lethal capabilities, and we rigorously comply with applicable laws and requirements regarding product safety and end use.  

In our complex and international business, some circumstances may be subject to potentially competing imperatives. In carrying out our core commitment to human rights, our North Star is the law and policy of the U.S. government. Given our role as a core supplier to the United States government and military, we are legally, ethically and morally bound to support the foreign and defense policy of the United States.  

General Dynamics Corporation holds itself accountable to these fundamental commitments. The Board and senior management retain direct oversight of our material risks, including those related to human rights. If there is a problem, we want to know about it so that it may be properly addressed.  

It is a privilege to support the U.S. government and our customers around the world.  If we do not do what is right, we will lose the right to do it at all.  


Human Rights Areas of Focus

For our company, carrying out our commitment to human rights includes:

We respect the dignity of the work performed on our behalf. Work should be fairly compensated and free from coercion and unnecessary danger. We pay a fair wage. We ensure a safe working environment. We never tolerate human trafficking, slavery, child labor or abusive employment practices at any point in our value chain.

We do not discriminate. All people must be treated fairly regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or religious belief. We do not tolerate racism or invidious discrimination in any form. 

We value diversity. The diverse backgrounds, experiences and viewpoints of our employees and business partners is a source of strength for our company. We strive to promote a diverse and inclusive organization.

We acknowledge the special responsibility associated with products and services capable of taking human life. Many of our products and services include, or otherwise support, lethal capabilities. This imposes a terrific responsibility on us. To meet this call, we rigorously comply with applicable laws and regulations relating to the export and end use of our products and services. We also maintain demanding quality processes to reduce the risk of accidents and product safety injuries.

We respect the rule of law. The restraints of law secure human freedom. Strict adherence to applicable law is expected wherever we operate.   

We are transparent and accountable about our human rights commitments. We make public disclosures regarding our human rights commitments, consistent with the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board framework, and in our Sustainability Report. Our Board maintains direct oversight over sustainability risks and opportunities, including those related to human rights. Management maintains day-to-day responsibility for these areas through internal management procedures and internal controls.

We further embed these principles in our Code of Conduct and in many of the comprehensive corporate directives and practices adopted by our Corporation and individual operating units.  

We expect all persons associated with General Dynamics Corporations to live up to these commitments. We encourage employees who believe that there has been a violation of our policy statement or our core commitments to human rights to report it, including through our Ethics program or Hotline.