Suppliers relations

The quality of Safran’s relations with its suppliers is one of the cornerstones of the Group’s long-term performance. Safran calls on a panel of 13,000 suppliers (large corporations, intermediate-sized enterprises and SMEs) to deploy its purchasing policy.

Relations between Safran and its suppliers are based on the Group's values, its ethics charter and regulatory requirements. They strive to constantly achieve progress by adopting the best practices defined in the Charter for Responsible Supplier Relations.

Safran's commitments to its suppliers:

  • To establish balanced and lasting partnerships between the Group companies and competitive and innovative suppliers.
  • To strengthen collaboration, in particular with strategic suppliers.
  • To control the risk of mutual dependency.
  • To choose suppliers in consideration of the total cost of purchases.
  • To provide accurate information on its needs and directions, especially in terms of R&T and innovation.
  • To take environmental and societal impacts into consideration.
  • To contribute to the development of suppliers by providing appropriate support (funding, international, innovation, HR, etc.).

Safran takes all these dimensions into consideration, while paying attention to the equity of contractual relations, in particular in the Group-wide general purchasing conditions. 


Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

CSR is included in Safran's Responsible Purchasing Guidelines and its reference document of supplier requirements (SAFe) that apply to the entire Group.

As part of its CSR policy, Safran expects its suppliers and subcontractors to work with the Group in the long term and on a basis of mutual trust. Safran intends to share its societal commitments with its suppliers and subcontractors and to involve them in its sustainable development initiatives.

Safran and intermediate-sized enterprises - SMEs

Safran makes about 50% of its purchases in France, of which two-thirds from intermediate-sized enterprises and SMEs. Safran has signed a number of agreements to consolidate these relations based on mutual trust:

  • In 2010, Safran joined the "SME Pact" association and signed the Charter for Responsible Supplier Relations, promoted by the National Purchasing Council and Company Mediation.

  • In January 2013, Safran signed an agreement with the French Ministry of Defense to encourage the growth of SMEs in this sector.

  • At the end of 2013, Safran joined the "Responsible Supplier Relations" labeling initiative. In April 2014, Safran Aircraft Engines was the first company to receive the label and Safran (all the Group's French companies) aims to be certified in early 2017.

  • At the end of 2015, the Group signed the Alliance for Open Innovation with the French Ministry of the Economy, Industry and Digital Technology. This initiative aims to promote the development of responsible relations with the start-up ecosystem.  

Safran has had an SME correspondent / internal mediator since 2010. The internal mediator's mission consists in creating the conditions for constructive dialog between SMEs and their customer, Safran, in order to find a positive solution for both parties. 

To contact the Safran SME correspondent / internal mediator, write to