Many of our products are bespoke to client requirements and so
innovation is based on in-depth knowledge of customer needs. We
work closely with our customers and our suppliers to develop
distinctive new products.
Our products are mainly high-tech components, circuits or
subsystems. Many have multiple uses and are sold into commercial
markets as well as used in military equipment. They help improve
the effectiveness of the equipment our customers make and use, and
their applications can have far-reaching social and environmental
We do not condone any use of our products or services which may
harm civilian lives or livelihoods. Some of or stakeholders have
raised concerns about the potential use of our products in
munitions such as mines and cluster bombs. We have a clear position
on this issue and always comply with the strict regulations, laws
and guidance of the countries we operate in.
For the majority of our products we focus on design, assembly
and test with component manufacturing outsourced to the supply
chain. Managing our supply chain including understanding provenance
and impacts is therefore an important part of our business model.
We have a Suppliers Code of Conduct including social and
environmental expectations for our suppliers, to encourage
them to address these impacts.
Our products usually have greater impacts outside the scope of
our operations i.e., in our supply chain or when they are used.
Resource efficiency and recyclability is important in our
product development process. We aim to align efforts with customer
and other stakeholder expectations.
We also provide a range of services, primarily related to
aviation. The 5 year environmental strategy for our Aviation
business outlines the environmental issues and management
strategies the business is working towards to ensure impacts are
mitigated and managed in a responsible manner. Actions are focussed
on four areas:
- Aviation fuel consumption
- Electricity consumption
- Water consumption
- Waste generation
The majority of our GHG emissions originate from our aviation
fuel consumption. As well as long term plans for fleet renewal our
fuel efficiency programmes have included:
- Using lightweight equipment such as cargo pallets, carpets and
- Applying a 3 engine taxi,
- Implementing a landing fuel reduction programme,
- Utilising new flight planning software,
- Reducing potable water loads,
- Improving flight crew awareness through training.
We have set a fuel burn reduction target for our regional
services and special mission business units which will be
communicated through 2016.