Partnerships and Accreditations

As part of Leonardo's commitment to providing a welcoming, inclusive and diverse environment for all our employees, we are signed up to the following organisations and initiatives in line with our Inclusion and Diversity Plan.

Our partnership with the Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers (AFBE-UK) is designed to enable us to attract, develop and retain talent from different ethnic backgrounds – talent that we really value.

Leonardo partners with Bright Horizons to provide benefits including access to five annual Back-Up Care days for working parents and carers, to cover breakdowns in childcare, and support with adult care or elder care.

Leonardo UK is a member of Business Disability Forum, which provides us with access to expert advice, support and events to help us ensure disabled employees and customers are included in everything we do.

Leonardo is a proud member of Employers for Carers, Carers UK's business forum, supporting employers to develop a carer-friendly workplace that recognises, respects and values employees juggling work and unpaid care.

Leonardo has been accredited as a Disability Confident Employer, recognising our commitment to bringing skills and talent that people with a disability possess to our workplace.

Leonardo works with Future Leaders, a social mobility partner committed to supporting career pathways for young people across 300 schools offering a range of activities, programmes, work experience and mentoring.

Leonardo’s Newcastle site has been awarded an ‘Advanced Good Work Pledge’ by the North of Tyne Good Work Pledge awarding body, due to the quality of the working practices in place at their site.

Inclusive Employers

Leonardo partners with Inclusive Employers, who support our overall Inclusion & Diversity approach to creating an inclusive environment.

Leonardo UK has achieved Gold level accreditation for IIP's 'Investors in Young People' (IIYP) and 'We Invest in Wellbeing', along with Silver level accreditation for 'We Invest in People', reflecting the company’s commitment to supporting the development of its employees.

Into Work

Leonardo is delighted to partner with Into Work, which provides personalised employment advice and practical support for disabled people and people with any long-term health condition who live in Edinburgh or Midlothian. The charity is also using its knowledge, skills and values to help Leonardo build effective teams with diverse qualities.

Leonardo UK is a signatory of the Mental Health at Work Commitment, as part of the company demonstrating its ambition to develop a workplace environment and culture where all employees can thrive.

Pride in Defence

Leonardo is a member of Pride in Defence which aims to connect all the LGBTQ+ networks / employee resource groups within the UK defence sector organisations, and promote inclusion and diversity across the industry. Members are encouraged to collaborate, share best practice and organise pan-defence activities for LGBTQ+ individuals and their allies.

Leonardo is honoured to sponsor the 'Finding It Tough?' campaign of the Royal Air Forces (RAF) Association, which offers free training, through three tailored online mental wellbeing courses aimed at supporting non-serving members of the RAF community – veterans, families, and the supporting community.

Leonardo is proud to be a platinum bridge partner of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, the principal charity of the Royal Navy, which is at the heart of supporting Royal Navy, Royal Marines and Royal Fleet Auxiliary personnel and their families, past, present and future.

As part of Leonardo's commitment to providing career opportunities to veterans, we are signed up to the 15,000 Futures partnership from WithYouWithMe, to help place ex-military service personnel into meaningful digital jobs.

Leonardo UK partners with Social Value Portal to formulate a UK social value strategy and reporting system that will maximise the efficiency of the organisation’s activities in this incredibly important field, whilst helping measure our impact.

This programme enables candidates to restart their career following a break. Leonardo recognises the skills and talent that these candidates offer and in return provides exciting roles coupled with excellent support on some of our cutting-edge programmes.

Leonardo is a proud member of the 5% Club, a campaign focused on creating momentum behind the recruitment of apprentices and graduates into the UK workforce.


Unite is firmly committed to equality and diversity within Leonardo. Equal pay and fair treatment both at work and in society is a key priority for the union, which acts on behalf of its members and is happy to work with Leonardo to achieve greater equality and diversity in the workplace.

Leonardo is delighted to work with the society, supporting and celebrating the many achievements of women in engineering and inspiring the next generation of innovators and pioneers. WES is a charity and a professional network of women engineers, scientists and technologists offering inspiration, support and professional development.

Leonardo is proud to be one of the major companies to have signed the WIAA Charter, pledging our support for improving the gender balance in our industry, and building a more balanced and fair industry for women.

Leonardo is proud to be a corporate member of Women in Defence, and is a signatory of the Women in Defence Charter which is designed to promote gender balance across the defence industry.

Read our Gender Pay Gap Report to see how we are making progress and meeting the requirements of our Women in Aviation and Aerospace and Women in Defence Charter pledges.