Through purposeful investments, partnerships, employee volunteering and thoughtful advocacy efforts, Boeing and its employees support innovative partnerships and programmes that create sustainable value and help build better communities on both a nationwide and regional level. We want to improve access to learning and skills development, be a leader in environmental sustainability and support our military and veteran communities.
Our community engagement efforts focus on three areas:
Our future: tomorrow’s innovators
We’re committed to helping young people achieve their potential through educational and support programmes with a particular focus inspiring young people in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through hands-on experience.
We support initiatives that focus on participation in education and extra-curricular activities. By participating, young people will be inspired and motivated to continue learning, pursue their ambitions, develop new skills, gain confidence, improve employability, overcome barriers and follow their interests.
Projects we support include; Achieve clubs and Get Started with Product Design with The Prince’s Trust, Centennial Wings and Gliding to Solo in collaboration with the Air League and the RAF Cadets and Connecting STEM Teachers with the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Our heroes: veterans and their families
We are committed to making sure that our armed forces personnel continue to have support after their service is done, by helping veterans and their families thrive post-service.
There are an estimated 2.4 million UK armed forces veterans in Great Britain and, according to the Open University, up to one in five veterans are discharged due to disability. We address veteran and family workforce transition needs in the UK through programmes that target disabled veterans, help with the transition to civilian life and an emergency fund for veterans and their families.
The Disabled Veterans’ Scholarships Fund (DVSF), delivered by The Open University and funded by Boeing, provides a free OU education and disability and careers support service tailored to fully support disabled veterans, injured in or due to service, as they transition to civilian life. We also work with The Air League in collaboration with Aerobility, providing flying lessons in specially modified aircraft to accommodate wheelchairs and power-chairs used by wounded veterans. Our charity of the year, SSAFA, uses the Boeing Emergency Fund for urgent financial support for veterans and a mentoring scheme for those leaving the military.
Our homes: dynamic communities
To support the communities around our growing footprint, be a responsible social corporate leader and connect with the needs of the regions, we will allocate grant funding to regional charities, specifically in the following areas:
- Republic of Ireland
- Northern Ireland
- South West England
Our contributions and efforts are focussed on making a significant difference in the lives of people around the world - now and for generations to come. We support organisations that are leaders in what they do, demonstrate innovation, and align and collaborate with others to achieve workable solutions to community issues.
Local investments are decided using a competitive process that looks first at a programme’s expected results and next for demonstrations of innovation and collaboration. Grant requests are evaluated on:
- Alignment with our country strategy and company values (with a focus particularly on education, STEM, youth and access to opportunities).
- Clearly defined expected impact and outcomes relative to community needs, that are measurable, scalable, and have a sustainable impact on the community beyond the period of the company’s involvement.
- The extent to which the project or programme demonstrates innovation, collaboration, leadership and diversity.
- The organisation’s financial viability, programmatic strength, and legal compliance.
Learn more about our processes and priorities for each specific area of giving.
For more information about grant eligibility, review our grants exclusion guidelines.
Visit our global community engagement page for more information and to read our 2019 global engagement portfolio report.