Corporate Social Responsibility

Dassault Aviation, a major player in Aerospace, continues its commitment to protecting its employees and the preservation of the environment, from the perspective of Corporate Social Responsibility. In this dynamic, our Company relies for years to come on five fundamental pillars.

Improve environmental performance of our activities and products

  • Reinforce the low carbon Company plan consistent with climatic challenges
  • Integrate eco-design in the research of innovative technical solutions
  • Reduce our environmental footprint according to the principles of circular economy

Propose an attractive and motivating social model

  • Attract and retain talent
  • Promote diversity and equal opportunity
  • Propose attractive compensation and benefits

Guarantee a high quality, healthy and secure workplace

  • Bringing the Company up to an effective prevention culture
  • Continue to reduce occupational risk and improve working conditions
  • Develop the quality of life at work and promote well-being of employees

Meet regulatory requirements and compliance obligations

  • Comply with international, national and local regulations
  • Act in accordance with our commitments and charters to which our Company has adhered
  • Listening to Company’s stakeholders and meeting their expectations

Be part of a responsible approach

  • Preventing corruption risks and asserting our business ethic
  • Reinforce our approach to responsible purchasing
  • Keep industrial risks to the lowest level

I expect everyone to participate in this responsible approach of the Company, while respecting the values it defines. I am counting particularly with the involvement of management, at every level and in every area, to drive the implementation of this policy and reach the level of performance sought.

Éric Trappier, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

People-driven performance

Dassault Aviation is a leader that has remained true to its founding family spirit. Our strength lies in the individual and collective performance of our people and in their passion for aerospace.

Our shared values

Dassault Aviation is a key contributor to France’s national defense. We are committed to a pro-active policy of corporate social responsibility (CSR). We have been recognized as one of the 100 most responsible French companies in the Statista CSR ranking published by Le Point magazine. Our operations are aligned with 8 of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and we have been a member of the United Nations Global Compact since 2003.

Attracting talent

In 2022, Dassault Aviation hired more than 1,560 people, 24% of whom were women. These hires will further boost the percentage of women in our workforce, which currently stands at 19%. The Group is committed to gender equality when it comes to salaries and promotions. Our overall score on the French government’s gender equality index is 87 points out of 100, well above the regulatory threshold of 75 points.

In addition, we are conducting campaigns in conjunction with the Elles bougent and AirEmploi associations to encourage middle and high school girls to pursue careers in engineering.

Employee ambassadors work with students to familiarize them with the Group and its activities. We have been ranked in the top three most popular manufacturing company among engineering students and graduates, according to an Epoka/Harris Interactive survey.

Passing on our technical know-how

For more than thirty years, the Dassault Conservatory has been supplementing initial training with courses designed to pass on our technical know-how and our standards of quality, excellence and adaptability.

The majority of our production facilities have established cooperative ventures with local professional training centers, most notably in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Hauts-de-France and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes regions of France. In India, our presence has led to the development of Networks of Excellence that bring together Indian and French engineering schools, as well as the rapid development of the Dassault Skill Academy, which provides professional training.

Profit sharing

Our compensation policy attracts, rewards and encourages employee loyalty, while remaining attuned to evolving economic circumstances.
Dassault Aviation takes a unique approach to sharing profits with its French employees: under special agreements, 214 million euros in profit-sharing and incentive payments were redistributed based on 2022 financial results.

In 2022, the average annual gross compensation was €60,769; the final figure amounts to €68,894 for employees of the Group’s French companies when profit-sharing and incentive payments are included. Works councils received more than €28 million, i.e. 5% of the total payroll of the Group’s French companies. These works councils provide our employees with numerous social, sporting and cultural activities.

Improving quality of life

The company’s commitment to improving the daily lives of its employees is also reflected in the adoption of telecommuting and flexible working hours, as well as the provision of daycare centers and child care services.

All our sites have dedicated healthcare facilities or programs, and the Group offers medical coverage to all its employees.

Backing community initiatives

We support the Hanvol association in its efforts to promote the professional integration of disabled workers in the aeronautical industry. In terms of support for humanitarian causes, we provide funding, notably to the Course du cœur initiative, which helps raise awareness about the importance of organ donation, as well as to the Rêves de gosse program that organizes free first flights for disabled children. In addition, we also provide support to Aviation Sans Frontières (ASF), the FOSA charitable foundation, ADOSM, the French Naval Academy’s alumni association and to the French Air and Space Force’s EETAAE training school. On the cultural front, we support the French Ordre de la Libération, the Ailes de France educational foundation and the French National Maritime Museum.

Environmental footprint management

Dassault Aviation is fully committed to corporate social responsibility (CSR), both locally and internationally. We are continuing to implement our energy efficiency and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) programs.

GHG emissions in perspective

Our aircrafts’ greenhouse gas emissions are relatively modest. By way of illustration, the annual emissions of all 2,100 Falcon jets in service worldwide are equivalent to one day of Internet video streaming.

Climate action

As an active member of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Committee on Environmental Protection, we also support Corsia (Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation). We reiterated this commitment in the declaration for carbon neutrality by 2050 issued at the European Aviation Summit in Toulouse in February 2022. We are actively involved in the promotion of sustainable fuels to replace conventional jet fuel.

SAF Plan

Sustainable aviation fuels provide a reduction in carbon emissions in the range of 80% to 90% compared to kerosene. We are already using these fuels for our own flight operations: our senior executives’ flights, as well as liaison flights and FalconResponse assistance flights. Launched in July 2022, this plan involves extending the use of SAF to additional facilities and to a wider range of applications. The 30% SAF blends currently available on the market are being used by our Falcons, which are already certified for blends up to 50%. The Falcon 10X will be the first Falcon to be certified for 100% SAF use.

Flights of tomorrow

We are actively involved in applied research programs: Sesar and Clean Aviation (previously Clean Sky) at the European level, as well as France’s civil aviation research council (Corac). Our work is focused on cutting fuel consumption by reducing aircraft drag and weight, or by optimizing flight paths.

Reducing Industrial emissions

In our plants, the development of more efficient processes and the switch to electric or hybrid engines to power our vehicles are helping to reduce our carbon footprint. Telecommuting, videoconferencing and the establishment of logistics hubs are also helping us to cut down on travel.

We are one of the 300 European companies that have achieved the greatest reductions according to the Financial Times’s Europe’s Climate Leaders 2022 listing.

Energy efficiency

Our commitment to reducing our energy consumption is an integral part of our transformation plan and is reflected in the design of our new facilities and buildings. In addition to optimizing our energy consumption, our energy conservation plan involves the installation of solar panels that allow us to generate some of our own electricity.

The circular economy

Thanks to our careful approach to waste management, we have increased our recovery rate to 86%. The efforts being made by our plants are helping us to limit our environmental footprint, in terms of water, air and soil quality, as well as with respect to controlling industrial risks.

Business ethics and compliance

Our vigorous and diligent approach to corporate social responsibility is accompanied by stringent business ethics, spearheaded by a dedicated management team and a proactive focus on compliance.

Vigilance plan

To ensure optimum management of the risks of serious harm to the environment, occupational health and safety, human rights and fundamental freedoms, Dassault Aviation has set up a vigilance plan covering its subsidiaries and suppliers. As part of this plan, more than 770 suppliers were audited in 2022.

Strict business ethics

Dassault Aviation adheres to strict ethical business standards, in compliance with national laws and international agreements. The Ethics department, an independent body which reports directly to the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, is tasked with implementing measures to fight corruption and influence peddling, and closely monitoring performance in these areas.

Compliance system

Dassault Aviation has set up a rigorous and highly organized system for ethical compliance, based on the following procedures and tools:

  • an anti-corruption code which is incorporated into our internal regulations and which defines the different types of prohibited behaviors; and an anti-corruption guide that shows how this code works in practice, with specific examples and exercises;
  • an internal alert procedure, enabling employees and outside partners to report any breaches and violations of our anti-corruption or CSR/due diligence regulations;
  • a chart of risks to identify, analyze and rank corruption exposure risks and the steps to be taken to reduce them;
  • procedures for assessing how customers, tier-1 suppliers and consultants are performing in relation to this chart;
  • internal and external accounting control procedures.

An internal assessment and control process, run by the Audit and Risk Management Department, is also in place to support this system.

Training policy

Since 2018, more than 1,300 potentially affected employees have been trained or informed about the key aspects of the so-called “Sapin 2” law and about the need to combat corruption. An e-learning course for all employees is being launched in 2023.