Our values guide how we approach our work and interact with each other. They define what is most important to us, what we strive for in our individual and collective delivery, and the successes we celebrate. Trust is essential to this. We must consistently show these values to our colleagues, partners, clients and stakeholders through our intentions and actions. To be truly values-led, our four DE&S values must live in everything we do.
We are trusted to constantly strive for new and innovative ways to be better, embracing every challenge as an opportunity to improve. Even when something does not pan out, we learn from it. We are proactive in developing ourselves and our teams to provide the best possible service to our armed forces, measuring our success by outcomes, not outputs. We take the right path, not the well-trodden one, to compete with those who work in the procurement agencies of our nation’s adversaries. Surprises do not threaten us because we rely on the strengths of our people to find the right way through.
We are trusted to make sure that every colleague knows they are valued and that they belong at DE&S. We communicate in plain language, not jargon, never assuming prior knowledge. We guard against bias or exclusivity in our words and actions. We champion diversity of thought and perspective by creating space for everyone to use their voice. We listen, not just to respond, but to understand. We are open to learning about, and learning from, different lived experiences, and adapt how we work to embrace the uniqueness of our people.
We are trusted to succeed through shared goals and mutual support. Our range of skills and the breadth and depth of knowledge in our teams is a force to be reckoned with. When we work together, whether between teams or with our partners and allies, we are empowered to deliver more to keep our nation and allies safe. We communicate openly and transparently, wherever possible, to inspire the same passion for the mission in others as we feel ourselves.
We are trusted to do the right thing, even if it is the hard thing. We do this because we know it is right – always speaking up when something feels wrong. We take calculated risks and hold ourselves accountable for the outcome. We are confident in our achievements and own our mistakes, speaking up early and learning from both. We are caring, patient and respectful, offering help when it is needed and giving credit where it is due.