Sustainable supply chain

Suppliers are strategic partners for us and the relationships we establish are based on ethics and fairness.
Our fundamental values commit us to show respect for human rights and employment rights, as well as environmental responsibility and upholding the quality of products, materials, standards and techniques.

For this reason, Leonardo asks suppliers for precise commitments and strict economic, financial, ethical-legal, social and environmental standards. We verify suppliers’ commitments during the pre-qualification phase and monitor the approach throughout the supply relationship. Furthermore, by means of our purchasing contracts or subcontracts’ approval, we ask our suppliers to ensure that their own subsuppliers observe the conditions set forth in Leonardo’s Code of Ethics, in the Anti-Corruption Code and in the Organizational, Management and Control Model, as well as the subsuppliers comply with laws and directives  regarding corruption and bribery.

All phases of the selection process and the relationship with the supplier are managed through the Procurement web portal, which guarantees transparency and traceability of information.



In 2019 Leonardo performed 558 investigations into suppliers relating to ethical/anti-corruption concerns and activated ca. 50 actions against suppliers (such as pre-qualifications revoked, not renewal of contracts) as a result of these investigations.


What does Leonardo expect from its suppliers?

  • Promoting dignity, freedom and equality for all workers.
  • No relationships with organisations associated with human trafficking, child labour or forced labour.
  • Ensure that all of their workers receive at least the legally mandated minimum wages and benefits. Working conditions, working time and compensation must be fair, complying with the laws, standards and practices applicable in the countries where the supplier operates.
  • Guaranteeing the protection of workers’ health and safety.
  • Complying with anti-corruption laws and regulations, Leonardo’s Code of Ethics and Anti-Corruption Code.
  • Respecting trade compliance laws and regulations.
  • Ensuring the quality of supplies, without defects or second-hand, counterfeit or copied parts or parts containing minerals from conflict zones.
  • Respecting environmental regulations and actively protecting the environment.
  • Keeping all know-how and confidential company and personnel information private.
  • Reporting confirmed or potential ethical issues through the whistleblowing system

We have launched a new advanced analysis tool to actively monitor the integrity and risk status of suppliers. This supports our aim of continuous improvement in supply chain management. The system will allow the timely identification of financial, reputational and operational risks that may occur with suppliers. It will enable us to identify behaviour that may represent possible damage to Leonardo and to take mitigating action. Finally, the tool will ensure we have available a single and increasingly complete and common source of information in the Supply Chain.


Leonardo in the United Kingdom, in compliance with the provisions of the Modern Slavery Act of 2015, issued the declaration which illustrates our commitment and actions taken to prevent and combat all forms of modern slavery and human trafficking both internally and within our supply chain.


Leonardo acknowledges and promotes, where applicable, the regulations covering ‘conflict minerals’. This particularly refers to provisions under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (2010) and the relevant European regulations. ‘Conflict minerals’ include tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold.

As required by the Leonardo Supplier Code of Conduct, we expect our suppliers not to be involved in any way whatsoever in organisations trafficking in human beings, forced labour and exploitation of child labour. 
Our suppliers shall commit to identify with adequate measures and due diligence if the products, components, parts or materials supplied contain minerals (tin, tantalum, gold and tungsten) originating from conflict regions  (particularly, but not limited to, the Democratic Republic of Congo).

Leonardo issued a Group Policy to define the general principles and rules of conduct to be respected, within the supply chain, in the supply of conflict minerals, with the aim of strengthening the commitment of Leonardo for a sustainable and responsible supply chain and an ESG assessment has also been introduced for key suppliers, which includes additional audits on risks associated with the management of conflict minerals and related mitigation actions, in line with Leonardo’s policy.