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Business Ethics

Safran conducts its business activities in accordance with the highest standards of transparency, integrity and professionalism in line with its strong values and ethics shared by all its employees.. The Group is a leader in the fight against corruption and a strong advocate of commercial compliance. Safran's commitment to act as a responsible business is one of the four pillars of its CSR strategy.

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CAC 40 company with ADIT "anti-corruption" certification

A Group united around strong shared values and ethics

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A code of conduct that is applied to all of the Group's employees

At Safran, ethics is a key value shared by all employees. For a number of years, the Group has operated a program for the prevention and detection of corruption risks, based on a policy of zero tolerance towards any practice in contravention of anti-corruption measures, influence peddling, misappropriation and favoritism. This strategy is implemented through a code of conduct accessible to all Safran employees worldwide, and an ethics charter, formally stating the Group's shared principles, that employees can refer to at all times.

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Practical measures in the fight against corruption

Conflicts of interest

All decisions taken, and all related actions, are based on Safran's own needs, rather than the personal interests of its employees.

Gifts and invitations

Safran does not permit the giving or receiving of gifts and invitations whose purpose is to obtain an unwarranted favor or influence a business decision or official action. Given and received gifts are recorded to ensure their traceability, and are subject to an approval process that takes account of their value.

Facilitation payments

Safran prohibits its employees from making payments aimed at facilitating or speeding up the completion of administrative procedures or formalities.

Selection of business partners

Safran has a rigorous procedure for selecting and approving the business partners with which it works.

Lobbying

Safran is committed to ensuring that its lobbying activities are conducted with integrity and transparency, in compliance with the various applicable regulations and legislation and in accordance with the principles of Safran's responsible lobbying charter.

Charitable transactions

Donations made by Group companies are subject to a rigorous validation process. Charitable transactions are conducted transparently and documented. Patronage and sponsorship activities are undertaken only with organizations whose objectives relate to education, social or cultural areas, and without any commercial benefit in return. The financing of political parties on behalf of Safran is strictly prohibited.

Selection of suppliers and subcontractors

Safran requires its suppliers and subcontractors to meet high standards of compliance with anti-corruption laws and regulations in force in the countries in which they operate or provide services. An ethics clause is included in the purchasing contracts that Safran signs with its suppliers, and also in the Group's general purchasing conditions.

A proactive approach to preventing corruption

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Ambitious and controlled commitments

Safran is the first CAC 40 company to receive anti-corruption certification from France's ADIT technical information dissemination agency (in 2012). This certification is an endorsement of the processes implemented by the Group, acknowledging the efforts undertaken to ensure that its rules and procedures are in line with international standards. The referential "Mazars / ADIT" certification framework used as the basis for certification includes more than 200 control points. It incorporates national and international laws and regulations (FCPA, UK Bribery Act, OECD Convention, the tenth principle of the United Nations' "Global Compact" program), and existing best practice.

An internal alert mechanism

In 2019, the Group enhanced its whistle-blowing system by providing a secure, multilingual email address, [email protected], for use by all stakeholders including its own employees, external and temporary staff, customers and suppliers. This address provides a means of filing alerts in good faith (whether anonymously or not) regarding breaches of the principles of the Group's ethical charter. All issues reported are fully investigated and action is taken once fraudulent, inappropriate or non-compliant behavior is identified. 

Areas covered by the certification

  • Corporate culture in the fight against corruption
  • Assessment of corruption risks
  • Control procedures and integrated controls
  • Monitoring of anti-corruption mechanisms
  • Training in the anti-corruption program and internal/external communication
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An approach with international scope

Safran is a stakeholder in the most ambitious anti-corruption initiatives worldwide, and an active member of the World Economic Forum's working group on the fight against corruption in the airline industry (Aviation and Travel Partnership Against Corruption Initiative: Safeguarding Aviation and Travel Value Chains). Safran takes its civic responsibilities seriously as a Group, and also adheres to the United Nations Global Compact, in this way demonstrating its membership of a worldwide community of companies committed to human rights, labor law, the environment and the fight against corruption. This approach forms part of a constant goal of progress and sustainability in the Group's business.

Trade in accordance with the highest compliance standards

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Export control: regulatory compliance, transparency and accountability

In all cases, Safran complies with all regulations applicable to its export and import activities relating to military or dual-use technologies. The Group has also specified shared requirements covering all its companies with regard to the control of exports and re-exports to third countries. They form the Safran compliance standard, which is structured into nine areas of compliance. Frequent audits are held to ensure it its correct implementation. Lastly, Safran has set up a dedicated organizational structure to comply with applicable regulations.

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The requirements of the Safran compliance standard

Safran's compliance standard covers nine main areas: 

- Creation of a dedicated organizational structure
- Preparation of an internal control program by each company
- Training and awareness initiatives
- Identification of export authorization needs
- Management of export authorization requests
- Implementation of export authorizations
- Control program monitoring and auditing
- Control of technology transfers (data and software)
- Processing of non-conformities with applicable regulations

Sustainable procurement: a relationship of trust between Safran and its suppliers

As part of its procurement policy, Safran aims to work with performance-driven and reliable suppliers, who strictly abide by local and international regulations. They must comply not only with international trade laws and environmental standards but also with rules regarding ethics, social concerns, and health & safety.

In 2020, Safran sourced 42% of its procurements in France, 83% of which are from small and medium-sized companies. Safran is a signatory of several commitments in support of this relationship of trust:

  • Safran has been a member of the "Pacte PME" association since 2010. 
  • After having signed the charter in 2010, Safran has engaged in the Responsible Supplier Relations certification processAll of the Group's French companieshave been certified since 2017.
  • In late 2015, the Group signed an agreement with France's economy, industry and digital ministry – the Alliance for Open Innovation, supporting the development of responsible relations with the start-up ecosystem.
  • The certification committee unanimously decided to retain Safran "Responsible Supplier Relations" certification for 2019 in France.
  • In February 2019, Safran signed an agreement with the MINistry of the ARMed forces (MINARM) to promote growth among its SME suppliers in this sector for a three-year period.

Do you want to contact the Group's SMEs representative/ internal mediator? [email protected] 

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