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Corporate Social Responsibility

Words into actions: our approach for responsible business

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals define global priorities and aspirations for 2030.

The planet faces massive economic, social and environmental challenges and as a global company, Airbus believes it has a role in resolving societal issues. 

At the end of 2015, the United Nations defined a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) defining global priorities and aspirations for 2030. The SDGs explicitly call on businesses to use creativity and innovation to address development challenges. Find out more about how Airbus and Airbus Group are contributing to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. 

Corporate social responsibility at Airbus is built on: strengthening governance; fostering innovation; climate action; developing and engaging people; building supplier partnerships; and active corporate partnerships. 

Latest CSR related news:

 
Airbus reduces VOC emissions with improved technologies and processes
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Airbus reduces VOC emissions with improved technologies and processes

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Airbus brings associations and companies together around diversity

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Airbus BizLab Toulouse launches its second call for projects worldwide
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Airbus BizLab Toulouse launches its second call for projects worldwide

Innovative start-ups with disruptive ideas are invited to apply read more
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Discover the aeronautical professions: Lycée Airbus Open Day on Saturday, February 6th 2016, Toulouse - France.
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Discover the aeronautical professions: Lycée Airbus Open Day on Saturday, February 6th 2016, Toulouse - France.

Registration for the 2016 admission tests open from 15th February to 25th March on the Lycée website read more
Airbus BizLab global network expands to Bangalore, India
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Airbus BizLab global network expands to Bangalore, India

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Airbus BizLab global network expands with accelerator in Hamburg
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Airbus BizLab global network expands with accelerator in Hamburg

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Airbus BizLab selects five start-ups in its first call for projects

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Strengthening governance

Society needs non-corrupt and well-governed institutions. 

Airbus puts a priority on ethics and compliance across the company, ensuring Airbus’ business practices conform to applicable laws and regulations, as well as ethical business principles.

Of particular importance for Airbus are export compliance, respecting and following all export/import compliance laws affecting its technologies and products; and business ethics, as part of its goal to eliminate bribery and corruption risks. 

Fostering innovation

The Airbus Concept Plane – shown here above a virtual London – illustrates what air transport could look like in 2050.

Delivering innovative solutions and transformative change is in the DNA of Airbus. 

Through innovation, Airbus delivers better products and services to meet the needs of society. The company continuously makes incremental improvements across existing aircraft programmes and technologies, while investing in the pioneering innovations that will shape the jetliners of tomorrow.  

For Airbus, innovation also provides the key to improving air transport’s environmental performance – which is among the company’s top-level considerations moving forward. 

Climate action

With sustainable mobility being a core tenet of its innovation, Airbus develops and integrates new aircraft technologies that facilitate commercial aviation growth while limiting aviation’s environmental impact. 

These ongoing innovations include aircraft design improvements, enhancements to infrastructure and operations, and the development of sustainable fuels. Similarly, Airbus is working to make its manufacturing processes more eco-efficient as well – improving both industrial efficiency and environmental impacts.  

Developing and engaging people

A key principle of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals is decent work and economic growth.

Airbus has worked to position itself as a global employer of choice – putting an emphasis on cooperative social dialogue, diversity and inclusion, engagement and leadership, health and safety. 

Once a new company employee enters the workforce, Airbus builds upon their key competencies – including technical abilities, languages, leadership and “soft” skills – through mentoring, coaching and on-the-job development. 

Building supplier partnerships

Airbus continually seeks better ways to work with its suppliers – aiming to integrate them more effectively into programme development, while identifying new suppliers to support growth in international target markets.

Part of Airbus’ focus is on better supply chain management, which is being achieved through processes and tools that foster partnership, risk mitigation and supplier performance development. 

This “Extended Enterprise” philosophy – which Airbus shares with its Airbus Group parent and fellow divisions – is designed to foster risk-sharing partnerships with major suppliers, and is backed by a series of tools to ensure control and transparency. 

Active corporate citizenship

More than 700 Airbus employees from A380 Final Assembly line in Toulouse participated into a charity run in June 2014.

Airbus works with key stakeholders and local communities to build and maintain long-term relationships across three primary areas: humanitarian assistance, youth development and research support.  

Many of Airbus’ charitable efforts are coordinated by the Airbus Corporate Foundation, which brings together the international employee network with associations and other international organisations.

Airbus has supported many projects in China, helping to build hospital and school facilities, including an Airbus A380 Garden at Malipo Middle School.  

In France, multiple Airbus sites actively support charitable organisations such as the European Leukodystrophies Association (ELA) – which assists families affected by leukodystrophies, a group of rare genetic diseases that destroy the central nervous system in children and adults. 

Other examples include the Give for Kids initiative, in which Airbus employees donated more than 10,000 books and toys to needy children during November 2013 alone; and France’s Restos du Cœur (Restaurants of the Heart), an organisation providing access to free meals. 

Latest CSR related news:

 
Airbus reduces VOC emissions with improved technologies and processes
23 May 2016

Airbus reduces VOC emissions with improved technologies and processes

Minimising harmful VOC (volatile organic compound) emissions is a continuing focus at Airbus as part of its...

read more
Airbus brings associations and companies together around diversity
02 May 2016

Airbus brings associations and companies together around diversity

Helping guide young people in their careers and professional development read more
Airbus BizLab Toulouse launches its second call for projects worldwide
22 April 2016

Airbus BizLab Toulouse launches its second call for projects worldwide

Innovative start-ups with disruptive ideas are invited to apply read more
Airbus BizLab selects start-ups in Hamburg and Bangalore
17 March 2016

Airbus BizLab selects start-ups in Hamburg and Bangalore

Airbus BizLab has selected the start-ups that submitted their project’s proposals for the Airbus business accelerators...

read more
Discover the aeronautical professions: Lycée Airbus Open Day on Saturday, February 6th 2016, Toulouse - France.
27 January 2016

Discover the aeronautical professions: Lycée Airbus Open Day on Saturday, February 6th 2016, Toulouse - France.

Registration for the 2016 admission tests open from 15th February to 25th March on the Lycée website read more
Airbus BizLab global network expands to Bangalore, India
24 November 2015

Airbus BizLab global network expands to Bangalore, India

First call for projects in the region. read more
Building tomorrow’s leaders: Airbus Little Engineer initiative fosters talent development
12 November 2015

Building tomorrow’s leaders: Airbus Little Engineer initiative fosters talent development

With a focus on the future, Airbus is successfully spreading its spirit of innovation through a programme that inspires...

read more
Airbus “hits the switch” for reduced energy use in the workplace
12 October 2015

Airbus “hits the switch” for reduced energy use in the workplace

As energy efficiency plays a crucial role in a more competitive and sustainable business, Airbus is now pushing for even...

read more
Airbus BizLab global network expands with accelerator in Hamburg
28 September 2015

Airbus BizLab global network expands with accelerator in Hamburg

Network announces second call for start-up projects to support read more
Airbus BizLab selects five start-ups in its first call for projects
03 August 2015

Airbus BizLab selects five start-ups in its first call for projects

Airbus BizLab has selected the first five start-ups to support through a six month mentoring and acceleration programme,...

read more
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