Supplier Ethics

Why Ethics?

Ethics Programs reduce the risk to your business and to ours. Many elements of an effective ethics program are required by law or regulation and can reduce penalties in the event of misconduct. Allegations of misconduct—even if later found to be unsubstantiated—can damage the reputation of a single company, and potentially impact the entire industry. An effective ethics program can help identify and address issues before they affect quality, cost, or schedule. Lockheed Martin is pleased to share resources, including LM’s Supplier Code of Conduct. Our Ethics team is also available to provide mentoring, as requested. On this page you will find a variety of helpful resources. If you are interested in talking to a Lockheed Martin Ethics Officer to learn more about ethics and compliance program elements or to discuss voluntary, one-on-one mentoring, please contact us at


Supplier Code of Conduct

We expect that all of our suppliers
will adhere to the provisions
of the Supplier Code of Conduct.

Topic-Specific Code Resources

Many of the provisions in the Supplier Code track provisions in Lockheed Martin’s own Code of Conduct. Below are summaries of some of our policies that are relevant to our suppliers.


We have a zero-tolerance policy for corruption, and prohibit anyone conducting business on our behalf, including suppliers, from offering or making any improper payments of money or anything of value to government officials, political parties, candidates for public office, or other persons.

For more information, read our policy on Compliance with the Anti-Corruption Laws.

Gifts & Business Courtesies

We compete on the merits of our products and services and do not use the exchange of business courtesies to gain an unfair competitive advantage. We expect the same of our suppliers in the offering or receipt of any gift or business courtesy, including cash and cash equivalents.

For more information, refer to our policy on Gifts, Hospitality, Other Business Courtesies, and Sponsorships or our annual letter to suppliers regarding gifts and business courtesies.

Counterfeit Parts

Counterfeit Parts

We expect our suppliers to develop, implement, and maintain methods and processes appropriate to their products and services to minimize the risk of introducing counterfeit parts and materials into deliverable products. Effective processes should be in place to detect counterfeit parts and materials, and mark parts obsolete as appropriate.

For more information, visit our Sustainable Supply Chain Management page or review the Counterfeits FAQs.

Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking

We expect our suppliers to not engage in the use of forced, bonded (including debt bondage) or indentured labor, involuntary prison labor, slavery, or trafficking of persons. This includes transporting, harboring, recruiting, transferring, or receiving vulnerable persons by means of threat, force, coercion, abduction, or fraud for the purpose of exploitation.

For more information on Lockheed Martin's efforts to combat human trafficking, visit our Human Trafficking page.

Conflict Minerals

Conflict Minerals

We expect our suppliers to take steps to determine if their products contain conflict minerals (tin, tantalum, gold, and tungsten) and if so, implement supply chain due diligence processes to identify sources of these minerals and support efforts to eradicate the use of conflict minerals which directly or indirectly finance or benefit armed groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo or adjoining countries.

For questions regarding Lockheed Martin's conflict minerals policy, visit our Sustainable Supply Chain Management page or contact



We expect our suppliers to operate in a manner that actively manages risk, conserves natural resources, and protects the environment. We expect our suppliers to apply environmental management system principles in order to establish a systematic approach to the management of risks/hazards and opportunities associated with the environment, including potential risk from regulatory non-compliance, reputational loss, and opportunities for business growth through operational and product stewardship. 

For more information, visit our Energy, Environment, Safety and Health page.


Supplier Ethics Infographics

We have developed a selection of infographics to describe twelve elements of an effective ethics and compliance program. Click on the links or icons below to view the associated infographic for each of these elements.

Additional Industry and Supplier Resources

Defense Industry Initiative for Business Ethics and Conduct

Defense Industry Initiative on Business Ethics & Conduct

The Defense Industry Initiative on Business Ethics & Conduct (DII) has developed several complimentary tools to assist companies involved with government contracting with establishing and maintaining effective ethics and compliance programs. You may access the Defense Industry Initiative Toolkit to view and request access to these helpful and informative resources.

Suppliers Landing Page

Resources for Lockheed Martin Suppliers

For more more information and a wide variety of helpful resources geared towards Lockheed Martin suppliers, be sure to visit the Suppliers landing page on this website.