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.
Reliability and responsiveness
In response to the crisis, we have put in place appropriate health measures to safeguard the continuity of our activities while protecting our employees, both in France and internationally, in close cooperation with employee representatives.
Our joint efforts have enabled us to provide seamless in-service aircraft support, to continue to make deliveries, and to maintain all our civil and military aircraft programs.
Our ability to adapt has also been demonstrated by our introduction of large-scale telecommuting. Specific training has been provided to support employees working from home and to combat the problem of isolation.
A motivating social model
Carrying on the social model instituted by Marcel Dassault, our compensation 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 average annual gross compensation for employees is approximately 57,800 euros. With profit-sharing and incentive schemes, it exceeds 73,000 euros in our Group’s French companies.
Ongoing social dialogue
Despite the pandemic, three major agreements were extended in 2020. These three-year agreements cover, respectively, strategic workforce and career planning, gender equality in the workplace, and employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
In 2020, we continued to recruit new talent.
In order to maintain our level of technical excellence and versatility, our Dassault Conservatory supplements initial training with courses designed to pass on our technical know-how and quality standards.
In India, we are involved in high-level technical training: three “Networks of Excellence,” bringing together Indian and French engineering schools; an Aeronautical Structure and Equipment Fitter diploma program in Nagpur, with the support our Dassault Skill Academy.
Employee ambassadors are working with students, engineering faculty and technical teaching staff to adapt curricula to the needs of the aerospace industry, to promote our company and its businesses, and to spot future talent.
Diversity and equal opportunity
A large portion of our Group’s staff is recruited from engineering schools in which the proportion of women is still structurally low. Consequently, we are involved in a number of initiatives, particularly in partnership with the Elles bougent and AirEmploi associations, to encourage female secondary school students to take up careers in engineering.
Inclusion, cultural and humanitarian activities
We champion a broad range of societal initiatives.
In terms of humanitarian work, we provided Falcon aircraft to support Aviation Sans Frontières (ASF) and the government’s Résilence program during the Covid-19 health crisis.
We assisted the people of Beirut through our support for the Nawraj association.
We also provide funding to the Course du cœur organ donation initiative and the Rêves de gosse program.
On the cultural front, we also support the AAE foundation and the French National Maritime Museum.
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 Environmental Protection, we also support Corsia (Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation).
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: Clean Sky 2 at the European level and France’s civil aviation research council (Corac). 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 through the use of specially tailored flight paths. As part of Corac, we are involved in several projects related to the use of hydrogen in future aircraft.
Reducing industrial emissions
Our initiatives in terms of manufacturing, such as the development of new processes and the optimization of existing ones, are helping to reduce our current carbon footprint and will continue to do so for years to come.
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’ first Europe’s Climate Leaders 2021 listing.
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, which are 30% more energy-efficient than current environmental standards.
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 industrial sites 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 enables us to achieve a high recovery rate.
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 proactive policies, as well as our international commitments.
Values Dassault Aviation’s ongoing success stems from the quality and commitment of our people. 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 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 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;
- 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;
- 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
To ensure optimum management of the risks 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 1,100 suppliers were evaluated in 2020.