EADS is a long-time signatory of the Global Compact (since October 2003), a United Nations policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with 10 universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. The EADS Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Report provides details on practical actions to uphold these principles within daily business. To further support UN anti-corruption initiatives, EADS has also signed the CEO Letter on the UN Convention against Corruption.
Common industry standards and IFBEC
EADS instigated the creation of a committee with other companies within the AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD), which was in charge of developing ethical standards for acceptance and adoption by all European companies in the sector. These standards, called Common Industry Standards, were approved in June 2007 by the Board of the ASD and were sent out to all European trade associations and unions in the aerospace industry. They were signed by EADS in July 2008. This commitment has been extended with the Group’s promotion of the IFBEC organisation.
In February 2013, the ETHIC Intelligence agency awarded EADS a certificate on the design of its Anti-Corruption Compliance Programme.
As a second step, each EADS Division applied in 2013 for the Anti-corruption Compliance System Certificate.
Astrium (June 2013) and then Cassidian (September 2013) were certified for the design and implementation of the Group anti-corruption programme. The other Divisions’ systems are currently under review.