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12 Apr 2023

B4Ukraine Coalition

Letter to Airbus regarding its ongoing business activities in Russia

...We request an urgent dialogue regarding potential inconsistencies between Airbus SE’s obligations under international humanitarian and human rights law and the company’s ongoing business operations and relationships in Russia that may contribute to, or be linked with, human rights harms...

In December 2022, Airbus made an announcement stating: “We are in the process of decoupling from Russia when it comes to titanium. It will be a matter of months not years.” Airbus did not offer a clear timeline, and the latest data available as of end of February 2023 shows that the exports of titanium from Russia continued. Russian customs data shows that Airbus exported over $2 million worth of titanium from Russia in February 2023 alone. The main destination country is France, but Germany and the United Kingdom have also been importers. While Airbus is in the process of finding substitute suppliers, the company’s competitor Boeing has announced the suspension of its titanium purchases from Russia. We are writing now to enquire when the company will stop purchasing titanium from Russia and terminate all its business operations in the country.

These activities in Russia risk enabling and financing Russia’s violations of IHL and human rights law

We seek to understand the status of Airbus’ exposure to Russia and how Airbus has conducted and continues to conduct heightened human rights due diligence, and how the findings of such a process have resulted in these continued business activities and relationships...