As a large multinational company, Airbus is convinced that promoting responsible business conducts within our value chain is key to sustainable development and growth. Even more, Airbus is determined to also be a driving force to help solving the most challenging societal issues.
"Conducting our business with integrity and applying our passion for aerospace to create a better-connected, safer and more prosperous world – this is not just our social duty but our responsibility and legal obligation. Our approach to Responsibility & Sustainability demonstrates the ways in which Airbus is embedding long-term value for the benefit of all stakeholders."
Airbus CEO Tom Enders
In order to prioritise its responsible and sustainable efforts, Airbus carried out a materiality assessment in 2017. With the support of consultants, Airbus conducted in-depth interviews with a set of stakeholders representing customers, works councils, local community partners, NGOs, technological partners, investors, airworthiness authorities, MROs, government bodies, suppliers and industry associations.
The materiality matrix, below, is a result of these interviews. Topics considered most material to Airbus by external stakeholders are ranked vertically by importance, while our internal Responsibility & Sustainability Network’s ranking for the same topics is shown on the horizontal axis.
"Our Responsibility & Sustainability Charter is about our pride, our passion and the purpose of what we do. It covers a range of commitments to promote responsible business conduct and it also highlights our dedication to seeking solutions for societal challenges through our contributions to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals."
Airbus CEO Tom Enders
Airbus has been a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, since 2003. It serves to align business strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and to take actions that advance societal goals.
At the end of 2015, the United Nations defined a set of Sustainable Development Goals outlining global priorities and aspirations for 2030. The SDGs embrace a universal approach to the sustainable development agenda. They explicitly call on business to use creativity and innovation to address development challenges and recognise the need for governments to encourage sustainability reporting.
In December 2015, Airbus adopted the SDGs as a framework to align our responsible and sustainable contributions. Throughout 2016, we performed a mapping of our contributions based on the Company’s publicly reported information (website, annual report, press releases). It demonstrated that at least eight of the UN’s 17 SDGs are directly relevant to Airbus’ businesses and stakeholders’ feedback confirmed that we are actively contributing to: