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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
  • 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
  • Enhance our remote work processes and IT infrastructure by maintaining the highest level of security for technical data access
  • Improve our cybersecurity processes and awareness
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.

Managing our business relations with third parties

CAE has implemented several measures designed to ensure that the company does not participate in any form of corruption anywhere in the world, either directly or indirectly through a third-party such as business partners, joint venture and equity partners, acquisition targets, contractors, service providers, suppliers, vendors, distributors, and persons acting on the company’s behalf. For example:

  • CAE conducts risk-based due diligence to before engaging with high-risk third parties. The level of due diligence performed will depend on a few risk factors, including the country or jurisdiction in which the third party is located or will provide services, the type of relationship CAE will maintain with the third party, the type of services to be provides and possible interaction between the third party and public officials. When red flags are identified, they are investigated, and remediation action plans are required.
  • CAE enters into formal agreements with third parties, all of which contain appropriate provisions designed to mitigate corruption risks. All high risk third parties are also required to sign anti-corruption certificates on an annual basis.
  • Agreements are reviewed, amended, and renewed in accordance with CAE policies. Further, any significant change to the business relationship (such as a change of control or ownership) must be disclosed so that appropriate actions can be taken accordingly.      

Instilling integrity companywide

In fiscal 2016, we launched a five-year process of enhancing our Code of Business Conduct (also available in French, Spanish, German and Portuguese) 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 require all employees to undergo a minimum of online training on a periodic basis. For FY20, more than 98% of our employees worldwide followed the training titled “Doing the right thing!”. We also conduct face-to-face or in person awareness sessions for new employees and those who may be exposed to greater risks in the daily functions.

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.

CAE fully supports IFBEC's Global Principles of Business Ethics.

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.