Airbus Group is a long-time signatory of the Global Compact (since October 2003), a United Nations policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with 10 universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. The Airbus Group Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Report provides details on practical actions to uphold these principles within daily business. To further support UN anti-corruption initiatives, Airbus Group has also signed the CEO Letter on the UN Convention against Corruption.
Common industry standards and IFBEC
Airbus Group instigated the creation of a committee with other companies within the AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD), which was in charge of developing ethical standards for acceptance and adoption by all European companies in the sector. These standards, called Common Industry Standards, were approved in June 2007 by the Board of the ASD and were sent out to all European trade associations and unions in the aerospace industry. They were signed by Airbus Group in July 2008. This commitment has been extended with the Group’s promotion of the IFBEC organisation.
In February 2013, the ETHIC Intelligence agency awarded Airbus Group a certificate on the design of its Anti-Corruption Compliance Programme.
As a second step, each Airbus Group Division applied in 2013 for the Anti-corruption Compliance System Certificate.
Airbus Defence and Space Divisions Astrium (June 2013) and then Cassidian (September 2013) were certified for the design and implementation of the Group anti-corruption programme. The other Divisions’ systems are currently under review.