Out of concern for good governance, ethics and fair competition in international trade, Dassault Aviation instigated the creation of a committee, within the ASD (Aerospace and Defense Industries Association of Europe), which is in charge of developing ethical standards for acceptance and adoption by all European companies in the sector.
These standards, called Common Industry Standards (CIS), were approved in June 2007 by the Board of the ASD, chaired by Charles Edelstenne, and were sent out to all European trade associations and unions in the aerospace industry.
They were signed by the French aerospace industries association GIFAS (Groupement des Industries Françaises Aéronautiques et Spatiales), chaired by Charles Edelstenne, and by Dassault Aviation on 10 July 2008.
The GIFAS disseminates and promotes these standards and, in the past year, French companies have, by far, been the most active in accepting them. The Common Industry Standards are now ready for international dissemination, in order to be accepted by the greatest possible number of companies in the aerospace industry.