Government contracting is an industry often times maligned by critics for perceived violations of business ethics.
Often portrayed by detractors as faceless, menacing entities concerned with the bottom line first and moral code last, the good deeds of numerous contractors go unnoticed by just about everybody.
When January’s catastrophic earthquake struck the nation of Haiti and the world was there to help – government contracting firms stood ready to assist, with or without praise or fanfare.
Within days of the disaster, as crews from around the globe were rushing to the Caribbean, Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) employees quickly raised $500,000. The firm matched that total and sent $1 million to Haiti at the most crucial stage of recovery.
“We join the world community in concern for all those affected by the earthquake in Haiti, and extend our heartfelt sympathy to the victims and their families, and to our fellow citizens and employees who have ties to the country,” said Wes Bush, Northrop Grumman chief executive officer and president.
Contractors of all sizes came to the aid of the Haitian people faced with this disaster. CALIBRE also made a significant donation to Haitian relief efforts.
“As all Americans and the world are now aware, the situation in Haiti is desperate,” said William E. DePuy, Jr., CALIBRE’s CEO. “As we have in the past, we encourage other companies and individuals to help those in need by making financial contributions to organizations that can effectively assess and apply resources where they are needed the most.”
These actions were also clearly not a ploy for positive press. After camera crews and reporters departed Hispaniola and the story became stale, contractors continued to give generously.
At the end of March, BAE (LSE: BA) donated over $800,000 via employee offerings matched by the firm.
“We had an event scheduled to pack dehydrated meals to help the Kids Against Hunger program,” said Carolynn Johnson, a BAE senior contract attorney in Minneapolis, “and when we decided to send our meals to Haiti, our employees joined thousands of Minnesotans in a community effort to pack more than 1 million meals.”
SRA (NYSE: SRX) also chipped in a generous financial donation, bolstering the efforts surrounding the rebuilding nation.
“As a member of the global community, SRAers believe it is our duty to help the people of Haiti in any way we can,” said SRA President and CEO Stan Sloane. “We are passionate about the significant work we do every day. It’s that same passion that drives our need to be active not just in our local communities, but in the global community, as well.”
Such displays of caring and generosity can’t come from faceless entities. It’s easy to forget that contractors are made up of their employees. When Haiti needed help, those employees answered the call.