Inclusion and diversity

Fostering a safe and inclusive workplace for all

Lycee Airbus Apprentice at work

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity

At Airbus, we recognise the power of diversity. It drives creativity, innovation and problem solving. From the front-line to the back-office, all of us can make an impact – our individual behaviours contribute to what we can achieve as a whole.

Our mission is to become a leading employer of choice, known not just for our products, but for our inclusive culture and diverse workforce. Together, we want to shape the future of aerospace, drawing strength from diverse perspectives and talents.

At Airbus, inclusion means celebrating and valuing diversity. We want all our employees – irrespective of their socio-economic background, age, race, ethnicity, physical ability, neurodiversity, gender, sexual orientation or any other characteristic – to feel valued, respected, included and heard. 

Our inclusion & diversity in figures

We have around 150,000 colleagues in 180 locations worldwide

150+ nationalities

20+ languages present within our company;

17% of our employees are from non-founding countries

20% of our workforce are women

26% of new hires were women in 2023;

We target hiring 33% women per year;

20% of executive positions held by women;

We aim for 25% of executive positions to be held by women by 2025

14 ERGs / ~10,000 volunteers worldwide

supporting different groups

Employee Resource Groups are internal self-organised and self-empowered communities bringing together individual volunteers in a safe and inclusive space

Our commitment

Diversity in action

Our initiatives

Female representation

Gender is at the heart of our strategy for achieving equity in our policies and practices, our employee experience, talent recruitment and retention.

We recognise that aerospace and defence are historically male-dominated industries, and we are committed to challenging that.

This is why we place a strong focus on promoting STEM careers among women through external partnerships and the support of employee resource groups – for example with Capital Filles, Women in Aviation, IAWA.  

Promoting gender parity is a top priority in our recruitment efforts. We are committed to facilitating the progression of women to leadership positions through our “Balance for Business” employee resource group. To foster pay equity, we are signatories to the UK Women in Aviation and Aerospace Charter, and we welcome the UK and French governments’ Gender Pay Gap Reports.

Social diversity

We believe our strength lies in the differences of our people. Employee Resource Groups such as EmBRACE in the UK and Full Spectrum in America foster racial diversity at Airbus. We have also signed charters that contribute to the economic and social development of underprivileged neighbourhoods. In 2023, 75 apprentices were able to take part in FlightPath9, an apprenticeship programme for under-represented communities in the United States. 


We have a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination of any kind. For us, every individual is unique and valuable. We are early adopters of the UN LGBTI Standards of Conduct for Business which provide guidance on best practices to advocate for the rights of LGBTQ+ people in the countries in which we operate. 


Disability is not a barrier at Airbus. We champion initiatives that promote equal opportunity. We also encourage dialogue and awareness of our people with (dis)abilities—both visible and non-visible disabilities.

To ensure an inclusive supply chain, Airbus partners with companies that work with disabled people across Europe.

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