Our initiatives and commitment

1. The United Nations Global Compact

Naval Group extends its CSR commitments to the global scale through the United Nations Global Compact of which it became a member in 2014.
We thus affirm our membership of a global community of companies attached to respecting human rights, labour standards, environmental protection and the promotion of common anti-corruption principles.

Through its activities and actions, Naval Group contributes to sex UN sustainable development goals (SDGs):

SDG 5 : Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.


SDG 7 : Ensure universal access to reliable, sustainable, affordable and modern energy services.



SDG 9 : Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable production engineering and foster innovation.


SDG 13 : Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.



SDG 14 : Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.


SDG 16 : Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.


In December 2015, on the occasion of the Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21), Naval Group reported on its progress towards protecting the marine environment and communicated its actions in line with France’s national strategy for an ecological transition towards sustainable development 2015-2020.

In Juni 2020, Naval Group took part in a peer review organised by the Global Compact France network aimed at confirming the company’s compliance with the 10 principles of the Global Compact. The actions conducted by the group allowed it to obtain certification, for the sixth year in a row, at the “Advanced” Global Compact level. It is a matter of great pride for the Group.

For the first time in 2016, Naval Group conducted a study of the group’s socio-economic impact on the Cherbourg agglomeration, La Manche county and France as a whole, and entrusted this study to an independent consultant. In 2017, the study of the group’s socio-economic impact was extended to the study of its environmental footprint, this time for all French sites. A summary of this study was published in the Financial Report 2017.

In the area of Research and Development, Naval Group defined a strategic roadmap for the next 30 years. In this context, the group develops partnerships with civil actors from the research and industrial domains and participates in numerous collaborative research and development projects. It is also an active member of several competitiveness centres, which contribute to the dynamism of the French industrial sector and foster advanced innovation.

2. Our contributions

Naval Group contributes to several ethics and compliance working groups within national and international associations, with the goal of developing and promoting best practices, exchanging on the operational implementation of ethics and compliance in industry in general. Naval Group is thus a member of the following organisations and committees:

  • Common Industry Standards (CIS)): Naval Group is a signatory of the Common Industry Standards (CIS) of the European Aeronautics, Space, Defence and Security Industries Association (ASD). These principles aim to promote the compliance of our activities with applicable anti-corruption regulations and governance rules – both in France and internationally – by providing the best practices to be adopt to achieve this.
  • International Forum of Business Ethical Conduct (IFBEC) : Naval Group is also a signatory of the Global Principles of the International Forum of Business Ethical Conduct (IFBEC) of which the Group is a member. These principles are aimed at promoting ethical business rules and their implementation: Zero tolerance with regard to corruption, the use of service providers in export activities, the management of conflicts of interest and the protection of confidential information. Find out more about the IFBEC and the Global Principles.
  • Naval Group is a member of the Business Ethics Circle (Cercle Ethique des Affaires – CEA). Its goal is to promote ethics and compliance in the management and governance of French companies and, through its work, influence decision takers in both the private and public sectors. In a market economy, the ethical behaviour of a company and the control of this through compliance have now become the conditions for its long-term sustainability and industrial and commercial success.