Our approach for responsible business

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is how we are aligning the Company with the needs and expectations of society.

Our commitments to the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Corporate social responsibility

Using creativity and innovation to address development challenges

Our planet faces massive economic, social and environmental challenges. To combat these, at the end of 2015, the United Nations defined a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) defining 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.

Business cannot succeed in societies that fail and at Airbus we are committed to contributing to achieving these goals.

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Actions speak louder than words

Our approach to responsibility and sustainability is straightforward, business-oriented and pragmatic. Our corporate social responsibility demonstrates the ways in which the Group is embedding long-term value for the benefit of all stakeholders.

Tom EndersCEO of Airbus

But CSR is not about words, it is about actions and we recognize the importance of reporting on what we are doing to meet societal needs and manage our business in a responsible and sustainable way.

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) reporting is embedded across the Group, measuring our performance and progress. An overview of our CSR reporting is integrated into our Company Annual Report (PDF- 5.6MB) and externally audited environmental and social data is a part of our Registration Document. This data, and complementary documentation are available in the ‘our reporting’ section of these pages.

Guided by the UN Global Compact

Airbus is a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative. 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. To this end we have been using the G4 GRI (Global Reporting Index) guidelines for our reporting.

By using the GRI Guidelines, reporting organizations disclose their most critical impacts – be they positive or negative – on the environment, society and the economy.

Stakeholders and UN Sustainable Development Goals

Airbus’s businesses are characterised by long product lifecycles and corresponding returns on investments, considerable costs and risks in programme development, and cyclical civilian markets. Our principal stakeholders are shareholders, customers, regulators, policymakers, employees, suppliers, NGOs, as well as society at large. The UN SDGs reflect stakeholder expectations as well as future policy direction at international, national and regional levels.

Airbus and its main stakeholders

Airbus’s businesses are characterised by long product lifecycles and corresponding returns on investments, considerable costs and risks in programme development, and cyclical civilian markets. The principal stakeholders are shareholders, customers, employees, suppliers and partners, as well as society at large.

Our commitments to the Sustainable Development Goals

We are directly contributing to many of the Sustainable Development Goals launched by United Nations in 2015. You can click on each goal to find out more about our involvement.