FALLS CHURCH, Va., June 1, 2017 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has been ranked 29th on DiversityInc’s annual list for the Top 50 Companies for Diversity. The company moved up from 31st in 2016 and was once again the only aerospace and defense company to make the Top 50 list. In the DiversityInc specialty lists rankings Northrop Grumman was rated No. 1 for veterans, No. 2 for executive women and support for people with disabilities, and No. 3 for diversity councils. For the last eight years Northrop Grumman has earned a Top 50 ranking for diversity from DiversityInc.

Northrop Grumman Named a 2017 Top 50 Company for Diversity by DiversityInc

The company was recognized for its continued commitment to diversity and inclusion, for its diversity and inclusion Leadership Council, its robust global supplier diversity program and its continuing talent development initiatives.

“Like many global companies, we operate in a dynamic and highly competitive business environment,” said Wes Bush, chairman, chief executive officer and president, Northrop Grumman Corporation. “We have learned from experience that our continued success depends on our ability to maintain an inclusive environment with diversity of background and thought in all levels of our organization. We are committed to building the best culture at Northrop Grumman and diversity and inclusion are central to that goal.”

The DiversityInc Top 50 list, issued yearly since 2001, recognizes the nation's top companies for diversity and inclusion management. These companies excel in areas such as hiring and retaining and promoting women, minorities, people with disabilities, LGBT individuals and veterans. DiversityInc's annual survey yields an empirically driven ranking based on recruitment, talent development, senior leadership commitment and supplier diversity.

“We consistently strive to foster an open and trusting environment that values diversity, is truly inclusive and creates strong engagement for all members of the Northrop Grumman team,” said Sandra Evers-Manly, Northrop Grumman vice president of global corporate responsibility, and president of the Northrop Grumman Foundation.  “We have a broad and global mindset which focuses on gender, age, race, religion, sexual orientation, disability status, veteran status and other characteristics. We remain devoted to enhancing diversity and inclusion and I’m proud of the progress we have made. For example, in 2016 more than 50 percent of our college hires were diverse candidates; we participated in 12 diversity conferences to recruit new employees and develop talent; we were honored to receive the distinction of a 100 percent ranking on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index; were named a top company for executive women; and we earned a perfect rating on the Disability Equality Index.”

Details on Northrop Grumman's diversity and inclusion efforts can be found at: http://www.northropgrumman.com/CorporateResponsibility/Diversity/Pages/default.aspx.

The 2017 Top 50 Companies for Diversity results are featured on ‪DiversityInc.com and in DiversityInc magazine. For more information, visit www.diversityinc.com

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