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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the Aeronautics, Defence and Space industries

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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Results of the ED&I survey in Aeronautics, Defence and Space

Following the launch of an industry-wide survey on equality, diversity and inclusion (ED&I) in the European Union earlier in 2022, the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Defence Industry and Space (DG DEFIS) released the key findings and data gathered across the aeronautics, defence and space sectors.

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General publications11 January 2023
ED&I Survey - Results Overview

Due to growing evidence on the necessity to collect data on the main ED&I KPIs in the industry and the need to gather information on the matter through a bottom-up approach, the initiative aimed to assess the state of play of these issues among both employers and employees in European and national agencies, organisations and academia – all part of this specific ecosystem – to eventually better shape diversity-enhancing policies and regulations. The initiative is part of the European Commission’s strategy to reach the social protection targets outlined in its Action Plan towards a stronger social Europe by 2030.   

1. Discrimination and Equality in the workplace

2. Inclusiveness

3. National and Corporate ED&I policies


In 2017 the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission proclaimed the European Pillar of Social Rights. The Pillar sets out 20 key principles which represent the beacon for a fair, inclusive Europe. With a clear need to further work towards a more just and fair society that respects the values of human dignity, freedom and democracy von der Leyen’s social agenda for the following five years set up an Action Plan putting forward three EU-level targets in the areas of employment, skills and social protection to be achieved by 2030.

As the coronavirus crisis further highlighted the discrimination and gender disparities in Europe, the European Commission introduced the new strategy “Towards a Union of Equality”. The goal of the strategy is to put in place mechanisms, policies and actions challenging structural discrimination across the Union.

The European Commissioner for Equality, Helena Dalli, has been appointed as the leader of the related new Task Force on Equality. The Task Force’s main responsibilities go from fighting discrimination to strengthening Europe’s commitment to inclusion and equality, developing a European gender strategy, protecting the rights of people with disabilities, and stopping gender-based violence.             


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