Corporate Citizenship Report 2010

2010 Highlights
a student at the Beijing Second Experimental Primary School, is shown holding the 787 Dreamliner model that he won at Boeing's Soaring with Your Dream event in June 2010.

Boeing Photo: DAVID QUERUBIN

Thousands of Boeing employees watch the first 787 Dreamliner lift off from Paine Field in Everett, Wash.

We are Boeing in the world

Innovation has been central to The Boeing Company since its beginning in 1903, and that spirit still drives us today. From the earliest days of commercial aviation, through the space program, to today's revolutionary 787 and into the future, innovation has driven our products, services and people.

Within this report you will see stories of how our company, our products, services and people are making a difference in the world by sharing our expertise, partnering with others and impacting key issues. Each of these stories is an illustration of a new idea, method or process that tackles a community need.

“We are trustees of a veritable revolution that is taking place once more in the economic, social, and political fabric with the advent of this new speed medium.”
—William E. Boeing, founder, The Boeing Company

The skills and processes used in operating a successful business are universal it's all about working smart and streamlining processes. Boeing uses Lean+ throughout our enterprise and some employees are now taking Lean+ practices and training into local hospitals, food banks and zoos to help them achieve significant savings in time and money. Boeing has partnered with Engineers Without Borders-USA which pairs the talents and skills of professional engineers with the energy and interests of college students to work closely with underserved communities and villages around the world developing sustainable, environmentally friendly solutions to provide clean water, energy, sanitation and accessibility.

The world is currently facing a shortage of students pursuing careers in mathematics, science, engineering and technology. In order to continue exploring the mysteries of space, designing new aircraft, enabling medical research, and building computers and satellites, we will require new generations of scientists and mathematicians. Three exciting, innovative programs with lasting impact that provide students and teachers with hands-on experience to ignite their interest in engineering and technology. These programs include Soaring with Your Dream, Build A Plane challenge and FIRST Robotics.

New airplanes roll off the production line year round at the Boeing plants. From there they will fly to their new owners to begin commercial flight service. Boeing has developed a unique program that works in partnership with our customers and local non-government organizations to make special use of the empty cargo space on a new plane, filling it with needed humanitarian supplies that can then be distributed to areas in need. In addition, Boeing military aircraft operated by customers and countries around the globe become “flights of hope” as they perform vital relief and humanitarian missions.

Throughout our company and communities, Boeing takes climate change seriously. Two programs highlighted here bring a new approach to educating people about how they can minimize their impact on climate and the environment. In Southern California, students and Boeing employees work together to replace shade structures that were destroyed by a devastating wildfire almost two years ago at the Inside the Outdoors’ headquarters in Silverado, Calif.  The project not only benefits the students, but Boeing employees get to develop their leadership skills as mentors and leaders.  Another program, the Natural Step, helps small, minority- and women-owned suppliers set targets for reducing their own environmental footprints while becoming more sustainable.

A group called Save the Children is helping Indian women and children find the support and the new life opportunities they need through educational and job-training programs that are supported by Boeing in India. In fact, Boeing collaborates with learning organizations, governments, industry and communities around the world to promote and guide learning from early childhood years and beyond.

There are thousands more stories large and small throughout Boeing of our people, our partners and our company bringing innovation to the work we do every day to make the world a better place. These stories are just a sample to provide insight into how, why and where we invest our time, talents and resources. We are Boeing in the world.