Leonardo: included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for the 11th consecutive year. Confirmed Industry Leader in Aerospace & Defence for the second year

Rome, Italy  16 November 2020 10:07

  • Leonardo named as sustainability global leader in the Aerospace & Defence sector  for the second year in a row 
  • Leonardo is included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for the 11th consecutive year

Leonardo ranks first in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) for the Aerospace & Defence industry, confirming the company’s leadership for the second consecutive year. This achievement confirms that sustainability is at the core and a key driver of Leonardo’s strategy, governance, and 2030 vision. 

“Being recognised as an industry leader in the DJSI - the CEO of Leonardo, Alessandro Profumo, commented - further confirms that we are on the right path. We continue to contribute to sustainable progress for a safer world. This ambition is at the core of Be Tomorrow-Leonardo 2030, our long-term plan aimed at developing new business opportunities and working towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations (UN) by leveraging on technological innovation and core competencies. Economic, social, and environmental sustainability is now at the centre of the international debate. The belief that sustainability creates value and mobilise resources is becoming increasingly shared”.  

“We are proud of this recognition - the Chairman of Leonardo, Luciano Carta, underlined – in addition to the recent appointment of Leonardo to the United Nations’ Global Compact LEAD, which also confirms our leading role and commitment to sustainability at a global level. This is the result of a governance which is increasingly geared towards sustainable success and long-term value creation”. 

Leonardo reinforces its commitment through the CFO Taskforce, part of the UN Global Compact, for sustainable finance, established at the end of 2019. Thanks to the commitment of the Taskforce and the signing of the Principles for Integrated SDG Investments and Finance, Leonardo will contribute to the creation of a sustainable financial model for the prosperity of companies and communities. 

Below are some key figures, referred to in 2019 reporting, as example of Leonardo’s sustainability commitments: 

For prosperity and innovation:

  • 1.5 billion euro spent towards Research and Development
  • 9,000 employees operate in R&D activities
  • Over 8,000 suppliers, mainly small and medium enterprises highly specialised, and 81% of purchases from four domestic markets 
  • 90 universities and research centres with ongoing collaborations and partnerships

For security:

  • 75 sites in 29 countries have been protected from cyber-attacks
  • Around 300 airports use Leonardo systems for air traffic control 
  • Over 1,100 helicopters are used for search and rescue, fire-fighting and civil missions
  • Around 70,000 users protected with cyber security services

For people and skills:

  • Around 2,500 internships, apprenticeships and training initiatives have been activated since 2017
  • Over 5,000 people under 30 new hires in the 2017-2019 period
  • 20 average hours of training per employee per year in the period 2018-2019

For Planet:

  • Over 1 million images captured by the COSMO-SkyMed constellation since 2008 for Earth observation
  • Reduction of fuel consumption by 10-15% and emissions by 20% through the usage of carbon fibre aerostructures 
  • 47,000 tonnes of CO2 avoided in 2019 thanks to virtual systems for the training of helicopter and aircraft pilots


For more information visit the Sustainability section on the website www.leonardocompany.com