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
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.
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.
The recruitment of more than 1,500 new employees in 2019 will ensure that our focus on the key priorities of technical excellence and adaptability is further enhanced. The Dassault Conservatory supplements initial training with courses designed to pass on our technical know – how and quality standards.
Topflight training in India
Our growth in India is reflected in the introduction of topflight technical training programs. Three Networks of Excellence have been created between Indian and French engineering schools in order to enhance teaching across the entire aeronautical industrial spectrum. The Dassault Skill Academy has also set up an Aeronautical Structure and Equipment Fitter diploma program in India, with the first course being taught in Nagpur.
Employee ambassadors are working with students and teaching staff in schools, universities and training centers to adapt curricula to the needs of the aerospace industry, to promote our company and its businesses, and to spot future talent.
A motivating social model
Carrying on the social model instituted by Marcel Dassault, the Group’s remuneration policy rewards and encourages employee loyalty, while remaining attuned to changing circumstances and the economic environment. A significant share of earnings is distributed to the employees of our French companies based on highly attractive profit-sharing agreements. The Group’s French companies contributed nearly 27 million euros, i.e. nearly 5% of their total payroll, to works councils, enabling employees to benefit from numerous social, sporting and cultural activities at very advantageous prices.
The average annual gross compensation for employees of Dassault Aviation Group is 56,700 euros. With profit-sharing and incentive schemes, it exceeds 71,650 euros in the Group’s French companies.
Healthy social dialogue
Thanks to a healthy social dialogue, some 25 agreements and amendments were reached in 2019 in France, particularly with regard to wellbeing at work, compensation policy, incentive schemes, profit sharing, the collective retirement savings plan and the election of employee representatives.
Wellbeing in the workplace
To enhance work-life balance, telecommuting is being introduced. Childcare places are also being provided for employees. In addition, we are improving the ergonomics of workstations.
Diversity and equal opportunity
The Group recruits a large portion of its staff from engineering schools in which the proportion of women is still structurally low. Consequently, it is involved in a number of initiatives, particularly in partnership with the Elles bougent and Airemploi associations, to encourage secondary school students to take up careers in engineering. The Group is implementing a proactive policy that has resulted in the recruitment of 23% women out of all new hires in 2019.
Inclusion, cultural and humanitarian activities
We champion a broad range of societal initiatives. In the area of integration, we help the Elles bougent, Hanvol, Cours singulier and Technowest associations. In terms of humanitarian work, we contribute to FOSA, Pupilles de l’Air, ADO, ADOSM, Broken Wings, ASF, Course du coeur, Rêve de gosse, Un avion – un enfant – un rêve, Habitat for Humanity, Arkansas Food Bank, American Red Cross, as well as the Muscular Dystrophy Association. And with regard to the cultural sphere, we also support the Fondation de l’Armée de l’Air (AAF), the Air and Space Museum, as well as the Canopée and the 4A associations.
Mindful of the mounting environmental challenges we face, Dassault Aviation is fully committed to corporate social responsibility (CSR), both locally and internationally.
As an active member of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection, we also support the Corsia Carbon Offset and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation.
We promote the use of Sustainable Alternative Fuel (SAF) to replace conventional kerosene. All of our Falcon aircraft are already sustainable fuel compatible. Our best practice guide, as well as the development of flight path optimization technology, also offer quick solutions for reducing carbon emissions.
Gearing up for the flights of tomorrow
We are actively involved in applied research programs: Clean Sky 2 at the European level and Corac in France. This work focuses on lowering fuel consumption by reducing aircraft drag and weight.
As members of the European Sesar program, we aim to improve flight efficiency and fuel consumption by optimizing flight paths.
Minimizing our footprint and the circular economy
In line with the Group’s policy, the efforts made by our industrial sites are helping to limit our environmental footprint.
Reducing carbon emissions
Our initiatives in the areas of industrial manufacturing and flight operations are helping to reduce our carbon footprint now and will continue to do so for years to come. Telecommuting, logistics hubs and remote conferencing facilities are also helping to reduce the need to travel, thus cutting down on the attendant greenhouse gas emissions.
Our commitment to limit our consumption of energy, which is part of our transformation plan Leading Our Future, is reflected in the design of our new facilities and buildings, which are 30% more energy – efficient than current environmental standards. This effort also applies to our production processes.
Integrated environmental criteria
The modernization of our production facilities addresses environmental criteria such as resource consumption, the use of chemical substances, atmospheric and aqueous releases, and the generation of waste. Accordingly, in 2019, Dassault Aviation switched from chemical machining to robotic mechanical machining.
Over the last five years we have decreased emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC) by 17%, by using industrial processes that require fewer solvents. Furthermore, reduction of waste at source has resulted in a decrease of 8%, by weight, over five years. In 2019, we were also able to recover 77% of the Group’s waste.
Dassault Aviation boasts a distinctive identity, strong values and strict ethical principles, reflected in our charter and codes of conduct, a dedicated organizational structure, our prevention and training policies, internal procedures as well as our international commitments.
Customer satisfaction is both our top priority and our guiding philosophy, based on integrity, trust and loyalty. Dassault Aviation’s ongoing success stems from the quality and commitment of our people. A team spirit, mutual respect, collaboration and professional fulfillment are all integral parts of our DNA. Our pursuit of technological excellence and innovation goes hand in hand with a commitment to quality and environmental protection. Economic performance involves providing shareholders and the financial markets with open and accurate information, complying with the rules of fair competition and treating suppliers equitably. We are outward-looking, with a proactive policy of partnerships, employee training and sustained links with the scientific and academic communities.
Strict ethical principles
Dassault Aviation applies very strict business ethics, in compliance with national laws and international agreements. The Ethics department, an independent body which reports directly to the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Dassault Aviation, is tasked with implementing measures to fight corruption and influence peddling, and closely monitoring performance in these areas.
The Group has put in place sound ethical structures, based on the following procedures and tools:
- an anti-corruption code as part of internal rules, defining the different types of prohibited behaviors, and an anti-corruption guide that shows how this works, with practical examples and exercises;
- an internal alert procedure, enabling employees, temporary staff and outside partners to report any infraction, or any behavior not in line with the anti-corruption code;
- a chart of risks to identify, analyze and rank corruption exposure risks;
- procedures for assessing how customers, tier – 1 suppliers and consultants are performing in relation to this chart;
- internal and external accounting control procedures;
- special training sessions for staff with the greatest risk exposure.
To support this initiative, Dassault Aviation has also set up an internal assessment and control structure.
Dassault Aviation has signed international agreements on fair competition practices (Common Industry Standards, Global Principles) and the United Nations Global Compact, which promotes ten fundamental principles concerning basic human rights, labor and environmental standards, and the fight against corruption.
Duty of care
Faced with the risk of serious harm to the environment, occupational health or 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 1,000 suppliers were evaluated in 2019.