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The British section of the NGO “Transparency International “ sent a questionnaire to the 120 major defence companies around the world in order to audit and classify these companies according to the internal procedures in place regarding the fight against corruption.
The major American , European and French professional defence organizations (IFBEC, AIA, ASD, GIFAS) made detailed reservations about this new proposal.

In September 2012 Transparency International published the results.

Two thirds of the companies contacted refused , as Dassault Aviation did, to take part in this survey;

The ranking is based on companies’ disclosures and communications about their anti-corruption policies and the intentions they display , but not on the results obtained.
On September 26th, Transparency International sent Dassault Aviation its evaluation.
The TI experts made a patent error :the survey is not a survey dedicated to Dassault Aviation: an entire part of this survey collates and analyses information from another company which is not part of the Defence industry.
This is obviously a mix-up.
It is very unfortunate that Transparency International UK failed to check and validates this information before publishing and passing judgment.

More information: Mr. Edelstenne ‘s letter to Transparency International (October 18th 2012)

In 2015, Transparency International UK published again an Index assesses the ethics and anti corruption programmes on the same bases. Dassault Aviation refused to take part in this survey but nevertheless was scored by TI only on website bases.

More information: Dassault Aviation answer


Dassault Aviation joined the IFBEC (international Forum of Business Ethical Conduct) in July 2012.

The purpose of IFBEC is to:

a. Promote and foster through the Global Principles the development of global, industry-wide ethical standards for the companies that are active in the aerospace and defense business sector.

b. Organize opportunities for industry and relevant stakeholders to exchange information and best practices concerning ethical business challenges, practices and opportunities worldwide.

For more information, link:

The IFBEC, of which Dassault Aviation is a member and a member of the Sterring Committee, organized its third international conference in Madrid on 13-14 September 2012.
This event co-organized with the Aerospace and Defense Industries Association of Europe and the Aerospace Industries of America, brought together aerospace and defense industry representatives from around the world.
The propose of the conference was to promote global cooperation to increase integrity in public procurements and bolster the public’s trust. For further informations, click on the IFBEC press release:

IFBEC Hosts Third Annual International Conference

IFBEC Public Accountability Report 2012

This Report, published in 2012 is a manifestation of IFBEC’s continued mission and purpose as it provides member and various stakeholders with data on IFBEC member compliance with the Global Principles and best practices that align with the Global Principles.

To see the Report click: 2012 Public Accountability Report

GIFAS / 13th march 2013

The GIFAS working group “Ethics and corporate responsibility», made up of specialized representatives from various French firms, organized a seminar on 13th march 2013. The goal was to present corruption prevention measures to several public authorities. This working group, of  which Dassault Aviation, is an active member, has created a tool kit for GIFAS members’ companies to implement internal procedures to prevent corruption.

This tool kit includes:

an application form
a due diligence check list
an anticorruption clause to be inserted in contracts
employee training presentation slides

Dassault Aviation which has an ethical charter and internal processes and procedures to prevent corruption since 2000s, presented this toolkit.

Read the presentation of Dassault Aviation (in french only)

IFBEC / 6th and 7th November 2014

IFBEC held its 5th Annual Conference on 6-7 November 2014 at the EUROCONTROL facilities in Brussels, Belgium. Business ethics and compliance professionals from across the aerospace and defence industry were in attendance to share best practices and interact with representatives from various industry stakeholders, such as NATO, the Basel Institute of Governance, and OECD. The conference was keynoted by John Sammis, Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. to the EU and Sylvia Kainz-Huber, Deputy Head of Aeronautics, Defence, Maritime Industries Unit at the European Commission.

The results of IFBEC’s 2014 Public Accountability Report were released at the conference, highlighting the continued maturation of ethics and compliance programs amongst IFBEC’s membership. The report is available for download on IFBEC’s website, IFBEC’s leadership also announced the commissioning of a comprehensive study on global offset practices by the Basel Institute of Governance, in conjunction with a working group of offset experts and practitioners within IFBEC’s membership.

For more information, please visit IFBEC website (“annual conference” and “2014 public accountability report”).