At Airbus, partners and suppliers are part of an extended family, and they play a crucial role in the common business success.
Around 80% of Airbus’ activity is sourced. The company works with more than 12,000 suppliers worldwide that provide products and services for flying and non-flying parts.
Airbus continuously develops its supplier base, with an overall sourcing volume across the company valued at approximately €49.6 billion. Airbus has identified global sourcing as one of its long-term objectives and aims to source 40% outside Western Europe and the U.S. by 2020. Airbus’ external procurement is equivalent to over two-thirds of the company’s revenues.
Direct and indirect procurement
Suppliers for direct procurement are grouped in the following commodities for flying parts:
- Equipment and systems
- Material and parts
- Cabin Procurement
- Specialised IT and services
These clusters may vary slightly depending upon the product area.
Indirect procurement of goods and services – also known as non-flying parts, which range from buildings to machines and tools, engineering services, consulting, IT and office equipment – is under the responsibility of Airbus’ shared service unit, Airbus General Procurement.
What does Airbus look for?
Airbus seeks partners and suppliers who share the company’s values. Transparency and trust are essential ingredients to work for the Airbus team. Partners and suppliers will need a proven track record of operational reliability and delivering on shared commitments. In particular, Airbus looks for partners who are ahead of the game, offering creative, innovative and digital solutions in a complex environment. This ensures Airbus provides first-class qualitative services to all of its customers.
A shared commitment with our suppliers
At Airbus, we conduct our business with integrity and in compliance with all laws and regulations and we expect the same of our suppliers.
We will only do business with suppliers who share our values and do business ethically hence it is crucial we engage together to demonstrate integrity in our respective business models.
We invite you to watch this short video on Airbus' expectations of its suppliers with regards to business integrity.
For potential suppliers
How to become part of the Airbus team
Companies interested in joining the Airbus supplier team are asked to register via the Airbus ePROC strategic procurement tool.
If collaboration possibilities are identified, an Airbus buyer will issue an invitation to participate in a call-for-tender, and login details will be provided.
- The Airbus ePROC strategic procurement tool allows companies to highlight their capabilities to Airbus’ team of buyer experts, who will be in contact when an opportunity arises.
- The Airbus ePROC strategic procurement tool also allows buyers and suppliers to exchange requirements and proposals online during the bidding process. The duration of the bidding process varies, and depends on the nature of the call-for-tender.
For small and medium-sized companies, the best points of contact may be Airbus’ 1st and 2nd Tier suppliers. It is suggested that small and medium-sized companies use their contacts with such suppliers.
For existing Airbus suppliers
Airbus Procurement is responsible for providing externally-sourced goods and services that meet quality requirements, on-time and on-cost, as agreed with the Airbus programs and operations functions.
It is important that consistent standards, policies and processes are applied across all Airbus entities and its supply chain.
All suppliers are urged to work within the established Airbus framework.
Airbus requests that its suppliers commit to the Code of Conduct and integrate these principles into their own supply chain. Based on the IFBEC model, a new version of the Supplier Code Of Conduct (SCoC) developed in 2020 is now available. This document is the new applicable SCoC and reinforces our business relations. The updates concern the development of a product safety chapter and the taking into account of benchmarks on sustainability. You will also find "the supplier commitment" that Airbus requires its suppliers to sign to demonstrate their commitment to our sustainability principles.
Suppliers Code of Conduct
Our Code of Conduct
At Airbus we pioneer sustainable aerospace for a safe and united world.
Our supply chain is equally important in our purpose and we therefore rely on a shared commitment with our extended enterprises to embrace and actively support our ambition to create a positive safety culture together.
We believe more can be done to significantly improve ways of working. This is the purpose of the letter below to highlight to our supply chain partners how we can work together to reach the target: 0 accident.
The Airbus tools
The procurement solution for sourcing and contract management
The indirect procurement solution for request and invoice management
The direct procurement solution for ordering and invoicing management
Airbus product specificities
Procurement requirements and services are provided by specific product areas:
Please check first whether you are already registered, and please do not register with Airbus Partner Portal if you simply want to participate in a Request for Quotation.
Procurement data quality
Approved Suppliers Lists
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Qualified process lists and methods
Airbus Qualified Test Method List (QTML) External Report (Report 1: Ordered by Test Facility)
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Defence and Space
Valid as of July 18th, 2018
Supplier general terms and conditions of purchase
Since 1 July 2014, the three former legal entities Astrium, Cassidian and Airbus Military have merged to become Airbus Defence & Space. The updated versions of the general conditions of purchase are available below:
Supplier quality requirements