Our ambition is to embed and advance respect for human rights throughout our business, operations and supply chain and, as a signatory of the UN Global Compact, we are aligning our approach with the UN Guiding Principles and standards such as the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the International Labour Organisation.
Our Supplier Code of Conduct, based on the International Forum on Business Ethical Conduct (IFBEC) model, is the document of reference for our approach to responsible supplier management. The Code represents our group-wide values and principles in line with internationally recognised standards and conventions (such as OECD and ILO).
We expect our suppliers to comply with the key values set out in the Code. We also expect our suppliers to cascade these principles throughout their supply chains. In addition to the Code, our suppliers must comply with all applicable laws and regulations of the countries in which operations are managed and/or services provided. Regardless of where our suppliers are located, all business should be conducted in a manner compatible with the Code.
Some of the provisions in the Airbus Supplier Code of Conduct include the following topics:
The Airbus Supplier Code of Conduct aims to help our suppliers to comply with our environmental and social commitments.
To ensure the proper functioning of components within our products, the use of some minerals is necessary. These minerals include tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold, which are commonly used in electronic components.
We believe we have a moral responsibility to determine the use, sources and origins of minerals found in certain products we import—even if we do not directly import them. Our approach to responsible mineral sourcing includes the following action:
We encourage anybody connected with our business activities to 'speak up' through various channels, including OpenLine. The OpenLine enables anybody who has a concern, including suppliers, to securely and confidentially submit an alert in good faith on potential issues relating to bribery, human rights, environment, and health and safety.