Safety and wellbeing, Communities

Because we care

Our social priorities:

Making a positive difference to the communities we’re proud to be a part of and provide high-quality jobs that support local economies

Ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our people and partners

Keeping our people safe and well

Safety is at the heart of what we do. We hold ourselves to the highest standards to protect our people, partners and places.

We continuously work on improving our safety performance with Group-wide initiatives including our annual Safety Stand Down, Safety Summit events and our monthly Safety Stars recognition programme.

Learn more about how we’re ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our people in our Sustainability Report 2023.

We value difference

We’re dedicated to creating a more diverse and inclusive workplace where everyone can reach their potential, and our people-first approach to Inclusion and Diversity is championed by the Board and our Executive team.

Our employee networks are driving greater equality across the business, helping us to create a welcoming and rewarding place to work where everyone is encouraged to be their true self.

Our networks represent groups from across the business and include Babcock Forces Community, Babcock Carers Network, Babcock Disability Network, Babcock for Multiple Ethnicities, Babcock Multi-Faith Network, Babcock Gender Balance Network, Neuro-Diversity, Pride in Babcock and our Young Professionals Network. 

Our drive for gender balance helps us to attract and retain the best talent, with the aim to have at least 30% women in the business by 2030. Download our Gender Pay Gap report, and view our gender diversity table.

Find out more:

Learn more about Inclusion and Diversity at Babcock

Read about our win at the Women in Defence Awards.

Read about how we’re supporting the Canadian Industrial Leadership Award to create unique experiences and opportunities for women in STEM programs and contribute to the growth of Canadian industry.

Learn more about how we’re ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our people in our Sustainability Report 2023.

Supporting our communities

We’re committed to making a positive difference to the communities we’re proud to be a part of, providing high-quality jobs that support local economies.

We make sure we’re good neighbours by supporting the communities who both live and work alongside us. Our outreach and collaborative activities, through our donations, charitable sponsorship and volunteering, proudly support a range of military and local community causes.

We want to make a genuine difference to our communities and help them to thrive. In December 2022, we launched our global volunteering policy called ‘Be Kind Day’. Be Kind Day gives our employees one day each year to play an active part by volunteering for a charity or community group.

Indigenous peoples

We have a global presence, and recognise the importance of both supporting and engaging indigenous people in the countries we work in.

In Canada, we have transitioned from Phase II to Phase III of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business’ (CAAB) Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) programme, and we continue to engage indigenous communities and businesses across Canada.

Our business in Canada has added several indigenous businesses to the supply chain this year, and has laid the groundwork for significant, multi-year investments in indigenous skills development and training-to-employment.

In Australia, we partner with Supply Nation to expand our supply chain to include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owned businesses across the region. In New Zealand, we work within the Amotai initiative, expanding our supply chain and commitment to Māori and Pasifika owned businesses.

Read more about how we support Indigenous peoples in our Annual Report.

Our contribution to the UK economy in FY22

We commissioned Oxford Economics to show how Babcock is levelling up across the UK by investing and supporting employment in the most deprived areas between March 2021 and March 2022.

Read the independent report by Oxford Economics on Babcock’s contribution to the UK economy.

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Read about the Skills-based Work Academy Programme (SWAP) we recently held in collaboration with the local Department of Work and Pensions and Plymouth City Council (PCC).

Learn about how our Enterprise Supplier Development (ESD) programme is making the most of talent in communities and bringing authentic entrepreneurial mentorship to previously disadvantaged black-owned businesses in Africa.

Creating futures. It’s what we do.

STEM matters to us.

We raise awareness of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) through our network of ambassadors who engage with around 885 schools in the UK: 534 primary schools, 231 secondary schools, 39 further education and 81 other events.

Recruiting, maintaining and developing the best talent is key to ensuring that we keep an excellent workforce with the capacity to meet our needs now, and in the future.

We have around 1,590 apprentices and graduates on programmes across Babcock, as we support and empower young talent and give them the chance to work on some truly inspiring projects.

Learn more about our award-winning Early Careers programme.

Find out how we inspire tomorrow’s innovators with EngineeringUK.

Read about the launch of our Skills Academy.

Find out more about our outreach and collaborative activities Babcock and STEM

Learn about how we’re sparking imagination and empowering young minds with our Festival of Engineering.