Boeing

Building on Meaningful Change Together

Committed to a more inclusive Boeing and world

We recognize, celebrate and honor the Black community’s rich culture and significant achievements. Boeing's Black teammates have been a critical driver of our success and innovation for decades  — making the company and the world a better place.

As a company, we are working to raise the bar on key measures of equity and inclusion and are holding ourselves accountable.

  • Equity for all

    Boeing is committed to advancing equity, diversity and inclusion for all and continues to drive meaningful progress within our communities and our company. We are taking action to ensure that our systems, policies, processes and procedures are absent of bias and address barriers affecting just outcomes to all teammates. Our near-term aspirations include closing representation gaps for historically underrepresented groups and increasing the Black representation rate of our U.S. workforce by 20%.

  • Empowering diverse viewpoints

    Internally, our Racial Equity Task Force serves as a long-term think tank representing a diverse mix of viewpoints and experiences from different sites, positions and backgrounds. Its mission is to lead and drive transformational and systemic change promoting racial equity.

    With 18 chapters around the world, our employee-led business resource group Boeing Black Employees Association (BBEA) helps to recruit and retain our diverse workforce; inspires inclusive leadership; strengthens community partnerships; and serves as a cultural thought partner to help the company do business in a global, multicultural environment.

  • Seek, Speak & Listen

    Our team is focused on building three habits — seeking, speaking and listening — to strengthen our global team and drive stronger business outcomes. The Seek, Speak & Listen habits empower us to connect across differences, learn from one another and make better decisions.

Driving Racial Equity and Social Change

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We know that being a truly equitable, diverse and inclusive company requires a commitment not only to our team members but also to our communities across the globe.

Through our collective actions and investments, we are building on Boeing's long-standing commitment to supporting those in underserved and under-resourced communities — with a particular focus on education equality in the United States.

Learn more about a few of our key partnerships below.

  • Institute on Civility

    The Boeing Institute on Civility, a partnership with Allen University, will celebrate its grand opening in 2022. The institute will serve as a national hub to advance civil discourse and equip leaders across society to engage in respectful and meaningful dialogue about prevalent issues.

    To extend its value and reach, the Institute will broadcast quarterly symposia on important issues of the day featuring civil exchanges featuring opposing ideas.

  • Chicago Urban League

    In 2021, a Boeing grant supported the Chicago Urban League’s IMPACT program, a nine-month leadership program for up-and-coming Black professionals to engage with and learn from successful senior leaders.

    As part of the grant, two scholarships were awarded to young leaders in the Chicago community who are committed to driving positive change — Christopher Watts from the Kindness Campaign and Mallory Littlejohn from CAASE.

  • UNCF

    Boeing is supporting UNCF’s new Computer Science Academy program which provides academic support to African American students majoring in computer science and computer engineering through their first two years of undergraduate studies.

    A Computer Science Academy summer pilot program for high school and middle school students was launched in 2021 in partnership with Steppingstone Scholars. A majority of the students who completed the program showed a nearly 30% increase in their coding skills based on a post-course assessment.

  • Flikshop School of Business

    Boeing launched a new partnership with Flikshop in 2020. Flikshop began as an app designed to keep families connected to their loved ones while in prison, and has since grown to include a 16-week business school program focused on building leadership, entrepreneurship and coding skills.

    Boeing continues to work with graduates and students to provide instruction, resume critique and access to other Boeing employment opportunities.

  • Turn 90

    Boeing is proud to be a long-time partner of Turn90, a nonprofit based in Charleston, South Carolina, that helps men returning home from prison. The re-entry program combines four months of group therapy, counseling and in-house employment at no cost to the participants.

    Boeing grant funding supported Turn90’s expansion to Columbia, South Carolina; it now serves 50 men each year in Charleston and 50 men in Columbia. Boeing’s support will also allow the further expansion of the program in Greenville, South Carolina, in 2022.

  • National Archives Foundation

    In 2019, Boeing committed to a 10-year partnership with the National Archives Foundation and National Archives and Records Administration to support the annual display of the Emancipation Proclamation and affiliated education and programming.

    General Order No. 3, which was recently discovered in the Archive’s holdings, went on display for the first time in 2021. This important document informed the people of Texas that all enslaved people were free.

Stand United Collection

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The Stand United collection has an updated design for 2022 and is available at The Boeing Store. The collection represents our commitment to racial justice, global diversity, equity and inclusion. This updated design features the modern-day T-7A Red Hawk, a tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen, and represents the ongoing progress we are making to empower our Black employees across the company and in the communities where we live and work. In 2021, Boeing was named the title sponsor of the Red Tails Classic, an event that continues to honor the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen.

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Honoring Living History

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Ashley Jackett, Ciara Lynton and Kia Smith: 'No Barriers to Entry'

Three employees champion a new approach to developing leadership and retaining diverse talent.

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STEM Sit Down with Chinyere Udoh

STEM Sit Down with Chinyere Udoh

An electrical systems design engineer at Boeing shares the stories of the Black scientists that have inspired him and how diversity has shaped his career journey.

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Debra Coleman and Stacia Graham: ‘If you do right, right will follow you’

Two employees discuss community connection and making an impact.

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Dr. Nathan Brooks: Excellence with Caring is Key

Boeing’s first Black Senior Technical Fellow grew from humble beginnings to executive leader, and mentors others on the road to success.

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Ted Colbert: Boeing Global Services CEO Named Black Engineer of the Year for 2022

Colbert will be honored as the organization’s 36th recipient, and Boeing’s 3rd recipient, of the Black Engineer of the Year Award at the 36th annual BEYA STEM Conference.

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Oscar Johnson: From Making Soap to Making a Difference

Oscar Johnson has spent more than two decades of his career as a chemical engineer at Boeing. But his interest in chemistry first took root during a household chore: making soap.

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Dr. Alain Adjorlolo: Metal Man

Award-winning engineer keeps it simple.

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We Stand on the Shoulders of Generations Who Came Before Us

Black employees have been a critical driver of our success and innovation for over 80 years.