Corporate Social Responsibility

Dassault Aviation Saint-Cloud

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

Éric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation
Dassault Aviation Saint-Cloud

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.

A motivating social model

Our compensation policy attracts, rewards and encourages employee loyalty, while remaining attuned to evolving economic circumstances.
Our French employees benefit from highly attractive profit-sharing and incentive agreements. Works councils received more than €27 million in 2021, 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.

Health and quality of life

The Covid crisis has put the spotlight on our health, safety and quality of life policies. All our sites have dedicated healthcare facilities or programs, and the Group offers medical coverage to all its employees. In response to the pandemic, rigorous health protocols have been introduced and vaccination campaigns have been organized.

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.

Talent spotting

In 2021, we hired approximately 1,000 new employees, nearly a quarter of whom were women.

Our employee ambassadors work with students and teaching staff (both engineering faculty and technical teaching staff) to ensure that curricula are adapted to the needs of our industry, to promote our Group and its businesses, and to spot future talent. We were ranked in the top three most attractive manufacturing companies among engineering students and graduates, according to an Epoka/Harris Interactive survey.

Transmitting know-how

As individual development is a necessary condition for our collective success, 72% of our employees received training in 2021, logging some 260,000 training hours. We have been pursuing a policy of excellence and flexibility for thirty years thanks to the Dassault Conservatory, which provides courses designed to pass on our technical know-how and quality standards, thus further enhancing our employees’ qualifications and skills.

Diversity and equal opportunity

We have a proactive gender equality policy, both in terms of increasing female hires and of promoting women to positions of responsibility. To help redress the imbalance in the number of women enrolled in engineering schools, we are involved in a number of initiatives – with associations such as Elles Bougent and Airemploi, for example – aimed at encouraging young women to enter the profession.

Inclusion, cultural and humanitarian activities

We champion a broad range of societal initiatives. In terms of humanitarian work, we provide support to Aviation Sans Frontières (ASF), the FOSA charitable foundation, the Solidarité Défense association and the Foch Foundation. We also provide funding to the Course du cœur organ donation initiative and the Rêves de gosse program. On the cultural front, we are proud sponsors of the AAE foundation, the Air and Space Museum and the French National Maritime Museum.

Dassault Aviation Facility

Managing our environmental footprint

Dassault Aviation is fully committed to corporate social responsibility (CSR), both locally and internationally.

Climate action

As an active member of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Committee on Environmental Protection, we also support Corsia (Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation). We reiterated this commitment in the declaration in favor of carbon neutrality by 2050 issued at the European Aviation Summit in Toulouse in February 2022.

We actively promote the use of Sustainable Alternative Fuel (SAF) to replace conventional kerosene. The Falcon range is already sustainable fuel compatible. Our Falcon Service Advisory document sets out best practices for reducing the environmental footprint of our aircraft. The development of flight path optimization technology also offers quick solutions for reducing carbon emissions.

Gearing up for the flights of tomorrow

We are actively involved in applied research programs: Sesar and Clean Sky (now Clean Aviation) at the European level, as well as France’s civil aviation research council (Corac). Our work focuses on lowering fuel consumption by reducing aircraft drag and weight, improving flight efficiency and fuel consumption through the use of specially tailored flight paths, as well on the use of hydrogen in the aircraft of the future.

Reducing industrial emissions

Our initiatives in terms of manufacturing, such as the development of new processes and the improvement of existing ones, are helping to decrease our carbon footprint, both now and in the years ahead.

Our achievements in the area of climate change were recently recognized when we were awarded first place in the Challenges/Statista rankings of the most environmentally responsible French companies in terms of greenhouse gas reduction in the Aeronautics/Naval/Space category.

We are one of the 300 European companies that have achieved the greatest reductions according to the Financial Times’ Europe’s Climate Leaders 2021 listing.

Energy efficiency

Our commitment to reducing our consumption of energy is enshrined in our transformation plan. It is reflected in the design of our new facilities and buildings. We are making similar efforts in our production processes. 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.

Minimizing our footprint and the circular economy

In line with the Group’s policy, the efforts made by our plants are helping to limit our environmental footprint, in terms of water, air and soil quality, as well as with respect to controlling industrial risks. In line with circular economy principles, our careful approach to waste management means that we have achieved a recovery rate of 80%.

Falcon Sphere

Corporate social responsibility, ethics and compliance

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

Active CSR policy

Dassault Aviation is committed to a proactive corporate social responsibility (CSR) approach with respect to its employees, the environment and its suppliers. Through our actions, we are contributing to 8 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the UN in 2015. The Group has been a member of the United Nations Global Compact since 2003. In 2021, we further strengthened our CSR system and were recognized by the French magazine Le Point as the second most responsible French company operating in the aviation and automotive sectors.

Vigilance plan

To ensure optimum management of the risks of serious harm to the environment, occupational health and safety, human rights and fundamental freedoms, we have set up a vigilance plan covering our subsidiaries and suppliers. As part of this plan, more than 2,300 suppliers were audited in 2021.

Strict business ethics

We 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 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, 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 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;
  • special training sessions for staff with the greatest risk exposure and awareness-raising campaigns aimed at all staff.

An internal assessment and control process, run by the audit and risk management team, is also in place to support this system.

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