Ethics

Ethics and anti-corruption
Supporting our employees in making ethical decisions is a key part of making our business a world leader in ethics.
Regular engagement and training in ethical business conduct supports our employees to make ethical decisions and helps to foster a culture of integrity. 
 
We have developed a responsible decision-making model to help our employees with thinking through situations which aren’t necessarily covered in our training scenarios or the Code of Conduct. The model sets out a way to commonly review the concerns and reach conclusions. 
 
The model advises people firstly to gather the facts of the situation, ensuring that they are all facts and not assumptions, then that all policies, laws and regulations are understood, that integrity is applied when considering the situation, and finally that others are asked for advice, be that a manager, HR, Legal or the ethics helpline. 
 

Ethics training 

Ethics training gives employees a shared understanding of what is expected of them and helps create an environment in which all employees feel they can ask questions and be supported in making the right decisions.
 
Our conversation-based training is delivered annually to employees face-to-face by line managers. Ethical scenarios, which are presented using cards or videos, are discussed in a team environment to promote rich and open discussion about what the implications of decisions are for individuals, the Company and our customers. 
 
Training scenarios cover ethical issues that have arisen across the Company and also cover current and emerging risks and issues, both internal and external to the Company. Training is refreshed, incorporating employee feedback, material risks (including Internal Audit findings, legal and ethics investigation findings and disciplinary information) and best practice, and is delivered annually.
 
Depending on an employee’s role within the Company, they may be required to undertake additional training. For example, specific training modules have been introduced including for senior executives and business leaders covering Export Controls, Integrity in Business Dealings and Advisers.
 

Ethics Officers

We have more than 160 people across our Company, specifically trained to support our employees with ethical guidance and reporting concerns on a day to day basis.
 
These Ethics Officers form a network made up of:
  • Ethics Officers who act as ambassadors for the Code of Conduct, engage employees in increasing their understanding of the Code, provide advice and guidance for employees and managers on how to apply the Code in their everyday working life, and support individuals in resolving ethical concerns. They undertake this role in addition to their day job, usually as around 10% - 20% of their time and they report into Ethics Managers.
  • Ethics Managers who are appointed by their business to act as Ethics Officers in a full-time capacity and report into the Chief Counsel (for that business) and central Ethics team. As well as the duties of an Ethics Officer they also lead the network of Ethics Officers in their business, provide reporting to the senior management of the business, manage reports made via the Ethics Helpline and act as a link to the central Ethics team.
  • Ethics Leads who carry out the same duties as an Ethics Manager in our smaller businesses (excluding Inc.), where a full-time position is not required. This role reports into the Chief Counsel for the business and central Ethics team. 
 
New Ethics Officers receive training on our case management tool and ethics investigation process, so that they can manage ethics cases raised.
 
Our Ethics Officer network receives regular communication and training to support them in their roles. Communication with our Ethics Officers includes, webinars, newsletters, email updates and resources on dedicated online team sites and within the Ethics Officer Toolkit. We also hold annual two-day conferences in the UK and US. We encourage Ethics Officers to share information and best practice internally within their Ethics Officer network and promote attendance at external events and industry associations.
 

Ethics helpline 

The Ethics Helpline is available for anyone to call to tell us about situations where they think the law or our standards may not have been upheld, or where an issue or concern they have reported is not being dealt with properly.
 
Calls to the Ethics Helpline are free and lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Telephone numbers for the Ethics Helpline are shown in the tables below.
 
When calls are made to the Ethics Helpline, a member of trained staff will take written details then send a confidential report to BAE Systems, but they do not record the call. We use an external company which specialises in operating confidential telephone reporting systems to provide an independent service and assurance to callers of confidentiality and, where they request it, anonymity.
 
Anyone reporting apparent misconduct honestly, and in good faith, will be supported by us.
 

 

Please use the numbers below to phone the Ethics Helpline

 
 

Head Office, Shared Services, Air, Land, Maritime or Applied Intelligence

 

BAE Systems, Inc.

Australia 1 800 803732
Austria 0800 281700
Belgium 0800 71025
Brazil 0800 891 8807
Canada 1888 268 5816
Chile 123 002 004 12
Czech Republic 800 142 428
Germany 0800 182 3246
Greece 00800 4414 5735
Hungary 06800 14863
India 000800 440 1286
Indonesia 001 803 0441 1201
Italy 800 783776
Japan 00531 78 0023
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 8008443328
Malaysia 1800 885 530
Poland 00800 442 1245
Qatar 800 0019
Romania 0800 894440
Singapore 800 4411 140
Slovakia 0800 004461
Thailand 001 800 442 078
Turkey 00800 4463 2066
United Kingdom 0800 0126930
United States 1 877 533 5310
 

Or use:
https://www.expolink.co.uk/ethics-report

Or e-mail:
ethics.helpline@baesystems.com

 
 
Afghanistan 503 726 2366
Djibouti 503 726 2366
Germany 0800 182 0493
Iraq 503 726 2366
Israel 180 941 3855
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 1 800 10 888 306 7330
Mexico 001 877 433 3054
South Africa 0800 080 515
*Sweden 020 79 1013
United Kingdom 0808 234 3708
United States 888 306 7330
 

Or use:
www.baesystems.ethicspoint.com

Or e-mail:
ethics.inchelpline@baesystems.com

 

 * Some issue categories may not be available for employees in certain countries. If an allegation category is not available, we encourage employees to speak with their manager, human resources representative, or local Ethics Officer.