Ethics and social responsibility

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Perspecta is committed to making a difference for our employees and in our communities. We take environmental, social and governance responsibilities (ESG) seriously. This activity is spearheaded by the corporate responsibility executive steering committee, which includes senior executives and executives from functional areas across Perspecta. Each member of the executive steering committee is responsible for developing their own corporate responsibility goals and strategy that align and contribute to the Perspecta’s overall ESG vision.

The Perspecta board of directors and its nominating / corporate governance committee are briefed regularly on a formal schedule about these activities, and the board’s nominating / corporate governance committee, chaired by lead independent director Philip Nolan, retains overall responsibility for review of ESG matters and opportunities that may significantly impact our business operations, performance, reputation or relations with employees, customers, shareholders and other constituents.


When Perspecta was formed, we envisioned a company unlike any other. A company with employees that would raise the bar in everything they did. Our purpose and values are unique to the people we hire and the work that we do.

Perspecta employees bring these values with them to work every day:

  • Respect: We treat each other with respect
  • Accountability: We are accountable for our actions
  • Integrity: We demonstrate integrity in everything we do
  • Success: We bring our customers success through mission focus, commitment and innovation
  • Empowerment: We are empowered to drive results

These values define who we are. Integrity and accountability are revealed through our actions, with every decision we make. Our code of conduct, The Standard, is an extension of our values and reflects our continued commitment to ethical business practices and regulatory compliance.

Reporting An Ethical Issue

Employees can seek guidance or report a concern by contacting the Perspecta ethics helpline at 1.855.ETHICS0 or 1.855.384.4270, by emailing, or filing a report online at

Anonymous reports may be made through the ethics helpline or the EthicsPoint website.

Inquiries, concerns, or complaints related to the conduct and/or performance of Perspecta Risk Decision Group investigators—including employees, independent contractors and subcontractors—as it pertains to their work on background investigations should be directed to the Perspecta Integrity Assurance and Contract Compliance team or fax them anonymously to 866.775.2323 for reporting and resolution.

Human rights 

Perspecta has a long-standing commitment to uphold and respect human rights for all people. Our policies, practices and values demonstrate a dedication to maintaining a strong culture with deep respect for individuals and human rights. We are committed to treating all stakeholders—employees, customers, shareholders, suppliers and the communities in which we operate—with dignity, respect and equality. And, we partner with our stakeholders to help them to do the same. For more details and to review Perspecta's human rights statement, click here.

Perspecta’s Human Rights Statement, in conjunction with our core values, corporate policies, Code of Conduct and Ethics and Suppliers Code of Conduct, reflect our belief and reinforce our commitment that all humans have the inherent right to work in an environment free from abuse, mistreatment, discrimination and harassment.  

We do not allow child or forced labor, and we strive to ensure that our vendors and suppliers follow these same standards. We also follow all applicable local labor laws and wage and hour laws, including minimum wages, overtime and maximum hour rules.

Social responsibility

Perspecta employees care. We are passionate and civic-minded. We engage both locally and nationally to drive meaningful change and open up greater possibilities for all citizens.

The health and well-being of our employees and their families is at the forefront of our community projects. That’s why Perspecta supports organizations like the American Heart Association (AHA). Since 2013, Perspecta has led the Greater Washington Heart Walk fundraising drive by contributing over $1.5 million to AHA. Each year hundreds of Perspecta volunteers put on their walking shoes, join their neighbors and raise money and advance the mission of AHA—to help build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

Perspecta is deeply committed to honoring veterans and providing support to military families. The Home of the Brave Campaign was founded in 2012 to thank those who put their lives on the line for our freedom. The mission of the campaign is to remember, honor and help all generations of veterans in need through a volunteer and fundraising partnership with Soldiers' Angels, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Voluntary Service and the VA Homeless Program. In six years, this campaign has honored more than 100,000 veterans.

Environmental stewardship

At Perspecta, we are committed to improving the communities in which we live and work—and we know that a commitment like that, starts at home. That’s why we have developed a sustainability program that focuses on reducing waste and promoting efficiency in all of our offices with a goal of continuously reducing our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on an ongoing basis; and an absolute goal of reducing GHG by 35% from 2018 to 2023. Our real estate footprint is continuously examined for consolidation and closure opportunities to support our total reduction targets.

Additionally, our program focuses on energy saving activities, reducing paper consumption by limiting printing options, recycling and “green leasing” and/or LEED certification. In developing our sustainability program, we established a baseline of our carbon footprint by determining what amount of carbon dioxide equivalent we contribute to the environment. The emissions were generated via fuel used by equipment under our management and directly consumed and billed to Perspecta, such as heating and cooling equipment for real estate in which we occupy, and company owned or leased vehicles. To read Perspecta's environment, health and safety policy, click here. Our 2019 emissions are captured below.

GHG emissions

Emission source Metric tons
Scope 1 (natural gas): 48.38
Scope 2 (electricity): 16,163.37
Vehicle: 188.77


2018* metric tons 2019 metric tons 2023 metric tons target
17,450.72 16,400.52 11,343

*Data annualized over a 12-month period

At Perspecta, we are actively working towards the ISO 14001 checklist of standards and launched an Environmental Management System in June of 2020. The program works across functions and the corporate social responsibility team with support from the executive leadership team and board of directors.

Energy and water conservation

In our facilities, LED’s are procured in all new office build outs to reduce energy consumption. Perspecta’s newly designed headquarters was constructed with LED density that is 40% below the required code level. We continue to install low-flow water devices across new office builds and replace existing devices with low-flow models as needed. Additionally, our offices have set point temperatures ranging between 70 and 74 degrees for heating and cooling to reduce energy consumption. Perspecta also implemented a work from home policy which supports flexible remote working environments. This reduces transportation and fuel consumption, vehicle emissions and paper consumption, all while improving quality of work life balance for the Perspecta workforce.

Waste management and recycling

On an annual basis, we survey major building landlords and partner with them to support waste management and recycling programs of non-hazardous waste. We also work with our landlords and encourage planned future implementation of various sustainability programs in our buildings. Whether it’s using recycled city water systems, composting, or cleaning with recyclable products, we are making sure we do our part in improving our communities.

Perspecta has a public commitment to follow international guidelines for electronic waste. We maintain strong relationships with vendors and partners who manage our equipment disposal in accordance with the Waste and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive for recycling.

Conflict minerals report and policy

Perspecta is committed to the goal of preventing armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or adjoining countries from benefiting from the sourcing of “conflict minerals” from that region. Our Responsible Minerals Sourcing Policy articulates our efforts to further this goal, and our expectations of our suppliers.

Please consult our investor relations site for our most recent Conflict Minerals Report on Form SD.

Data security

Perspecta is committed to protecting the security of our network and information systems to preserve the confidentiality, integrity and availability of the data contained within. Our robust and comprehensive cybersecurity program and architecture is centered on protecting sensitive and privacy information, controlled unclassified information (CUI) and federal contract information (FCI), whether related to our company, a customer or a third-party, from unauthorized access or disclosure while stored, transmitted or processed using Perspecta information systems.

We utilize a strong governance process designed to comply with applicable regulatory, legal and contractual requirements concerning the handling, storage, disclosure and access to corporate, customer and third-party data to include the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) 252.204-7012— Safeguarding Covered Defense Information and Cyber Incident Reporting. This regulation points to the security requirements in National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication (SP) 800-171, Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Information Systems and Organizations. Perspecta also adheres to standards established by Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) and is working toward compliance with the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), which requires a third-party assessment and certification.

We work to identify, address and manage information security threats and risks, and in doing so, emphasize security-related requirements to Perspecta employees, contractors and third-party vendors with access to the Perspecta network via regular security awareness and communication as well as our Acceptable Use Standard. In addition, we manage information security risk and our corporate risk posture in accordance with business requirements, relevant laws and regulations via our Cyber Risk Management Steering Committee.

Supplier responsibility and code of conduct

Perspecta values our supply base of technology and subcontractor partners and providers who are critical to our success in delving services to our diverse customers. We are committed to working with suppliers that adhere to and share our high business standards and values to deliver on the critical missions of our customers in an ethical and socially responsible way. Perspecta purchasing policies and practices expect our suppliers to conduct their business with integrity and remain compliant with all applicable laws and regulations where we operate. This includes adhering to all applicable laws related to human rights and trafficking, maintaining environmental sustainability programs, and establishing training and programs related to ethics, anti-trust and compliance. 

Our philosophy is to work closely with our suppliers not only to better serve our customers, but to also be the best stewards possible of the places in which we live and work. For more details and to review our complete supplier code of conduct, click here