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Our priority

Ensure compliance and solid ethical standards

Our objectives
Instill and apply an ethics and integrity mindset to all actions and decisions
  • Ensure CAE lives and works by its five core values
  • By FY19, target 100% of acknowledgement of compliance with the CAE Code of Business Conduct by all employees
  • Continue to train all management and key personnel on the CAE Code of Business Conduct, and by FY21 extend the training to all employees
Conduct our business with world-class processes to meet and surpass data privacy and export control standards
  • Standardize data handling processes in all regions worldwide to help continually enhance our compliance processes and maintain state of- the-art security and controls of controlled data
  • Standardize export control training processes in all regions worldwide
Manage our supply chain in accordance with the highest ethics and sustainability standards
  • Establish and communicate a policy on responsible procurement to suppliers and employees
  • Evaluate major suppliers representing 50% of our annual spend on CSR compliance

Doing better business worldwide

Bribery and corruption are risks faced by virtually all organizations operating globally. Over recent years, we’ve taken several significant steps to address these risks and strengthened our compliance program.

Guided by our global Anti-Corruption Policy, we’ll continue to leverage our ongoing compliance review to reinforce our governance, risk management and internal controls. Periodic risk assessments and audits of our areas of risk help us maintain oversight on our practices and operating guidelines. Our Compliance Office works closely with the internal audit team to perform these audits. The Compliance Office also conducts risk assessments and monitoring on different programs as the need arises.

Instilling integrity companywide

In fiscal 2016, we launched a five-year process of enhancing our Code of Business Conduct to demonstrate our commitment to address major business ethics risks. This included integrating our CSR core priorities into the Code and training our managers on the Code. As of fiscal 2018, all employees have to read, acknowledge and agree to comply with our Code on an annual basis.

To further ensure that our local and international business activities meet the highest ethical standards, we also employ a third-party anonymous reporting system, EthicsPoint. This platform allows employees, customers, partners and suppliers with a simple, risk-free way to confidentially report activities that may involve criminal conduct or violations of our policies and Code of Business Conduct. Employees are strongly encouraged to report any potential misconduct so as to deter non-compliance and unethical behaviour.

Responsibility throughout the supply chain

Human rights

As a signatory to the UN Global Compact, we demonstrate our commitment to upholding its principles, in part, by taking steps to ensure responsible procurement. We integrate human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption considerations into our global strategic sourcing tools and processes.

Procurement documents such as Request for Proposal, Supplier Survey Report and Purchasing – General Terms and Conditions include clauses designed to specifically address compliance with laws and ethical business conduct. Employee health and safety, combatting bribery, prohibiting the use of child or forced labour, hazardous materials and conflict minerals are among the issues addressed.

Furthermore, social and environmental factors are considered alongside financial factors when making procurement decisions, and are detailed among the criteria used for supplier selection.

View our Human Rights Policy

Conflict minerals

We established and communicated our Conflict Minerals Policy to our suppliers. Our Conflict Minerals program, which includes supply chain surveys, supports this policy. We suspended or discontinued our business relationship with some suppliers who failed to respond to or complete these surveys. We also verify smelters reported in supplier surveys to ensure their participation in the Conflict-Free Smelter Program of the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI).

CAE joins United Nations Global Compact

We became a signatory to the UN Global Compact in fiscal 2016. Since then, we’ve aligned key documents with the UN Global Compact’s Ten Principles and the United Kingdom Modern Slavery Act. We now require vendors to confirm their commitments to high ethical, environmental and social standards. In fiscal 2017, we developed a company-wide Human Rights Policy, which was be rolled out in fiscal 2018.