Safran Electronics & Defense

Safran Electronics & Defense, a Safran high-tech company, holds world or European leadership positions in optronics, avionics, electronics and critical software for both civil and military markets. Safran Electronics & Defense is the No. 1 company in Europe and No. 3 worldwide for inertial navigation systems (INS) used in air, land and naval applications. It is also the world leader in helicopter flight controls and the European leader in optronics and tactical UAV systems. Operating across the globe through the Safran international network, Safran Electronics & Defense and its subsidiaries employ 7,600 people in Europe, Africa, Asia-Pacific, North America and South America.

CEO of Safran Electronics & Defense: Martin Sion
2016 sales: 1.239 billion euros 
Employees: 7,620* (as of Dec. 31, 2016)

Head office: Safran Electronics & Defense - Arcs de Seine - 18/20 quai du Point du Jour - 92659 Boulogne-Billancourt Cedex - France
Tel.: +33 (0)1 55 60 38 00
Fax: +33 (0)1 55 60 38 95

* including Safran Electronics & Defense and its international subsidiaries 


Martin Sion

Joël Berkoukchi
Avionics Division

Frédéric Mazzanti
Defense Division

Olivier Le Merrer

Pierre Syx
Economic and Financial Affairs

Charlotte Matringe

Edouard Petit de Meurville
Human Resources

Denis Saladin

Eric Froger

Jean-Paul Trabis
Manufacturing & Supply Chain

Olivier Ruas
Strategy, Innovation & Technology

Christine Puech
Improvement Initiatives


Corporate social responsibility (CSR) approach has long been part of Safran's growth strategy, to make sure we meet the expectations of all stakeholders, including employees, partners, customers, shareholders, suppliers and all the other communities in our ecosystem. Our aim is to demonstrate exemplary social and environmental performance.

Our corporate social responsibility

At Safran, we see corporate social responsibility as a source of growth and performance improvement. We pursue core commitments with all internal and external stakeholders, including innovating to protect the environment, striving for excellence in the protection of people and goods, valuing our employees, suppliers and partners, and affirming our integrity.

The six strategic priorities of Safran's CSR policy

Safran's CSR policy is based on six strategic priorities which were defined in 2012 according to the ISO 26000 standard, and in line with our corporate strategy, actions and commitments.


Ethical principles and values: meeting the highest standards

For Safran, carrying out our business in line with the highest standards of honesty, integrity and professionalism is fundamental. All of our employees share the same values and ethics, enabling us to continue to earn the trust of our customers and stakeholders.

We have defined 7 values that are the bedrock of our identity:

  • focus on the customer,
  • meeting our commitments,
  • innovation,
  • responsiveness,
  • the power of teamwork,
  • recognizing the value of our people,
  • corporate citizenship.

Safran was the first company in the French stock market index CAC 40 to be awarded the anti-corruption certificate issued by the French technology information agency ADIT (Agence pour la Diffusion de l'Information Technologique). We have formally expressed our shared principles and guidelines in an ethics charter. Drawn up in 2005 as a common reference document for all employees, this charter defines the rules for professional conduct:

Behavior outside Safran:

  • compliance with laws
  • appropriate professional practices
  • compliance with export laws
  • fair competition
  • gifts and gratuities
  • behavior to customers
  • relations with shareholders
  • relations with suppliers
  • integrity
  • sustainable development
  • political and religious activities.

Behavior inside Safran:

  • controlling information
  • protecting the confidential nature of certain information
  • respecting other persons
  • compliance with the ethics charter.


Health, safety, environment

Committed to health, safety and the environment (HSE)

At Safran, our priorities include the fight against climate change, reducing atmospheric pollution and noise, responsibly managing the use of hazardous substances and ensuring occupational safety. To meet these objectives, Safran develops a culture based on anticipating and managing risks, and continuous improvement.

28 standards
in Safran's HSE guidelines
decrease in the lost time accident rate* between 2008 and 2013
In the last 40 years, the noise generated by single-aisle commercial jets has been reduced by 20 decibels

* Ratio of the number of accidents leading to more than 24 hours off work in relation to one million hours worked



Diversity, underpinning Safran's culture

Diversity drives performance and innovation at Safran. It provides a solid framework for our long-term actions designed to promote equal opportunity and fight against all forms of discrimination. For example, we have long been engaged in the fight for gender equality and equal opportunity. We are also involved in efforts to encourage the hiring and continued employment of people with disabilities, the employment of young people and seniors, and support for the social and professional inclusion of underserved populations.

25% women
in Safran's total workforce, including 20% of management staff*
More than
disabled employees at Safran companies in France*
49% of new hires are less than 30 years old, and over 30% of employees are 50 or older *

* 2013

Corporate philanthropy and sponsorships

A global, responsible player

Safran's philanthropy policy is part of our corporate social responsibility (CSR) approach. Since Safran was created in 2005, we have supported nearly 450 major philanthropy projects combining education, social and cultural concerns, focusing on social and professional inclusion, equal opportunity, creativity, musical talent and much more.

Through our major ocean racing sponsorship launched in 2005, we also foster the values of pushing one's limits, team spirit and continuous improvement.

philanthropy projects since 2005.
The Safran Foundation for Music has already provided support for over 60 exceptional young musicians.
projects supported to date by the Safran Foundation for Integration.


Safran Electronics & Defense's Quality Policy is aimed at involving the company in a process of continual improvement, crucial for reaching its goals of excellence for products and services and, thus, providing customer satisfaction.

This policy focuses on five areas of priority, defined in consistency with the Safran Group values, applied in all the different company sectors:

  • Customer satisfaction
  • Company quality culture
  • Development quality
  • Product / process robustness
  • Supplier quality and supply chain

Company quality and deployment of the quality policy are based on a Quality Management System and internal processes.

Quality Management System

The Quality Management System is based on an organization, in charge of developing the company according to its strategic goals, and on processes aimed at developing a continual improvement approach. The QMS is also formalized in a structural set of reference documents making it possible to conduct projects in compliance with standards, as well as capitalize on company know-how and guide its improvement-oriented approach. Safran Electronics & Defense is organized into line management - three divisions and staff management. Quality management, also structured in consistency with the company's operational organization, is in charge of guaranteeing the quality of products delivered to customers, the respect and improvement of processes, and offering shared methods and tools for quality.

The top goal, developed in the quality improvement plans drawn up per division and per product line, is to deliver quality products within the scheduled time period. These improvement plans incorporate how to deal with non-quality faster, assess whether processes and guidelines are respected, take into account experience feedback, as well as how to improve the reliability of industrial processes, reinforce the quality of industrializations and optimize manufacturing cycles.

The development of methods and quality training for teams is a key success factor in Safran Electronics & Defense core activities, involving a high degree of highly skilled labor. The implementation of proven methods of Corrective and Preventive Actions (PDCA, 8D, FMECA Product/Process, HAT/HASS, Lean-Sigma, etc.) make it possible to foresee problems and, if need be, identify them and solve them quickly.

Safran Electronics & Defense uses quality guidelines set out in manuals, process description documents, procedures and instructions, based on international standards (ISO9001, EN9100 and EN9110). The organization of these various components is presented in the company Quality Manual, and for Civil Aviation regulations in the Production Organization Manual (POM) and the Maintenance Organization Exposition (MOE).

Certificates and accreditations

To meet customer expectations concerning Safran Electronics & Defense's high-technology products and services, in terms of Quality, Costs and Deadlines, Safran Electronics & Defense has built and deployed a Quality Management System based on aeronautical standards EN9100 and EN9110, resulting from the ISO 9001 standard, providing additional guarantees of compliance.

Safran Electronics & Defense holds a great number of certificates testifying to the compliance of its Quality Management System with international Best Practices, according to EN9100 standards (ASD standard - Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe), AQAP2110 (NATO Allied Quality Assurance Publications standard) and ISO9001 (according to ISO - International Standardization Organization). In particular, Safran Electronics & Defense holds the following certificates:

EN9100:2009 (FR023137-3) et EN9110:2012 (FR023138-2): acknowledgement that the Quality System conforms to the Aerospace Standard of Quality Management for design, development, production, installation and operation (EN 9100, AS 9100) ; of Quality Management for repairs (EN 9110, AS 9110).

AQAP2110 (ed2: 2009) (FR023139-2): acknowledgement that the Quality System conforms to NATO AQAP requirements, for military programs.
AQAP2110 FR & AQAP2110 EN

ISO9001:2008 (FR023140-2): acknowledge that the Quality System conforms to the Quality Management model ISO 9001 standard.
ISO9001 FR & ISO9001 EN

Safran Electronics & Defense is also certified in its specific fields of activity by aviation safety agencies (European, American, Canadian and Chinese, etc.) In particular, Safran Electronics & Defense holds the following accreditations:

EASA PART-21G (ref. FR.21G.0116): EASA - European Aviation Safety Agency production accreditation (European regulations).

EASA PART-145 (ref. FR.145.0181): EASA maintenance accreditation - European Aviation Safety Agency (European regulations).

14 CFR PART-145 (ref. U78Y370Y): Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) maintenance accreditation (American regulations).
14 CFR PART-145

CCAR-145 (ref. F03300512): Maintenance accreditation CAAC - Civil Aviation Administration of China (Chinese regulations).

CAR 573 (ref. 808-01): Maintenance accreditation TCCA - Transport Canada Civil Aviation (Canadian regulations)
CAR 573


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