The Airbus Ethics and Compliance Programme seeks to ensure that the company's business practices conform to applicable laws, regulations and ethical business principles, as well as developing a culture of integrity.
It is not only what we do, but how we do it, that wins the trust of our colleagues and stakeholders.
Tom Enders – CEO Airbus
The foundation for integrity at Airbus is our Standards of Business Conduct (SOBC). These Standards are intended to guide daily behaviour and help employees resolve the most common ethical and compliance issues that they may encounter.
The Standards of Business Conduct apply to all employees, officers and directors of Airbus as well as entities that we control. Third party stakeholders whom we engage are also expected to adhere to these Standards of Business Conduct in the course of performing work on our behalf.
While our Standards of Business Conduct provide a useful starting point, they cannot answer all questions, nor are they sufficient to ensure that Airbus complies with the myriad legal requirements applicable to its business. Because of this, we have worked over the past several years to develop an Ethics and Compliance programme that is structured around four key risk areas: Business Ethics/Anti-Corruption Compliance, Export Compliance, Data Protection Compliance and Procurement Compliance.
Each of these areas is in turn supported by dedicated compliance policies and a team responsible for their implementation, together with the identification and proposal of new measures to adapt to a constantly evolving regulatory landscape.
Improving our programme is a constant and ongoing process, not only in the area of Business Ethics/Anti-Corruption but across the ethics and compliance spectrum more generally in order to capitalise on our values.
Data protection compliance
Suppliers are also expected to cascade these principles through their own supply chain.
Our Ethics and Compliance organisation is part of the Legal Department under the ultimate responsibility of the Group General Counsel. The aim is to provide strong governance throughout the company with the global presence of qualified compliance officers who ensure the compliance programme is implemented in the different functional and operational areas.
They do this in close cooperation with our employees and management, who are expected to lead with integrity by example and take responsibility for compliance within their scope of activity.
At Airbus, we aim to educate our people about the standards of conduct that apply to their jobs and the potential consequences of violations. Target populations are reviewed annually and required to undergo training and awareness eLearning or face to face sessions based on job function, role and responsibility.
Airbus recognises that the Standards of Business Conduct cannot address every challenging situation that may arise. We therefore encourage our employees to speak-up through various channels, including through OpenLine. The OpenLine enables employees to confidentially raise their concerns via the internet or by phone.
Airbus does not tolerate retaliation against employees making reports in good faith and/or assisting in investigations of suspected violations of the Standards of Business Conduct.