Decent work & economic growth An industry of opportunity

Promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, decent work and equal pay for all is at the heart of Airbus' business.

Growing with aerospace

The aviation industry supports 58.1 million jobs worldwide, accounting for US$2.4 trillion of the global GDP. These jobs extend beyond the immediate industrial sectors to include suppliers and aeronautics and tourism-related businesses. It is also an area of economic growth: the Airbus Global Market Forecast for 2015–2034 anticipates that air traffic will increase at a rate of 4.6% annually.

Valuing employee rights

At Airbus, our people work with passion and determination to make the world a more connected, safer and smarter place – on the ground, in the sky and in outer space. Taking pride in our work, we draw on each other’s expertise and experience to achieve excellence.

We build our teams on trust and respect, where every voice is heard and valued, and every worker receives equal pay. We believe there is power in individuals, and great power in teams. We advocate for workers’ rights and uphold best practices according to labour standards.

Inspiring diversity and inclusion of disabled people

Airbus encourages diversity in engineering and decent work for employees with disabilities. While the GEDC Airbus Diversity Award recognises the people which have encouraged students of all profiles and backgrounds to study and succeed in engineering, employees like world and Paralympic champion Andy Lewis are an example of a successful career at Airbus on and off the field.

Investing in innovation

To maintain our position as a global leader, Airbus is committed to cultivating a culture of innovation. We spend over €3 billion annually on research and development, and hold approximately 37,000 patents worldwide. Over 1,000 scientists and researchers, including doctorates and interns, work at our facilities in France, Germany, UK, Spain, USA, Canada, Singapore, India and China.

In support of Airbus’ strategic development, the Board initiated the Company’s digital transformation and supported a management initiative to establish a corporate venture fund and innovation centre in Silicon Valley to help the Company capitalise on transformational technologies and business models.

Embracing the change

Airbus’ new Digital Transformation Officer, Marc Fontaine, discusses technological revolutions, the desire to change and a future in which the term ‘digital’ is no longer necessary.

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.