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3 Things to Know About NBAA’s Ethics Statement

Jan. 11, 2018

NBAA recently published “Ethical Business Aviation Transactions,” a resource outlining best practices for ethical transactions involving business aircraft products and services. The statement was developed by a group of business aviation professionals with a wide range of experience in the industry. Here’s what industry professionals need to know about the resource:

1. The NBAA ethics statement is not a replacement for company-specific ethics policies.

“The NBAA ethics statement deals with industry transactions,” said Jad Donaldson, NBAA Business Aviation Management Committee chair and director of aviation at Harley-Davidson Motor Co. “Company policies may deal with broader ethical concerns, like bribery or use of company resources, so the NBAA statement is not designed to supersede previously written ethics policies.”

Instead, the ethics statement should be seen as a general statement of industry best practices, which will be outlined in greater detail in a future revision of the NBAA Management Guide.

2. For companies without existing ethics policies, the NBAA ethics statement can be an impetus for the development of ethics policies in the flight department and beyond.

Business aviation employees can use the statement to begin a discussion about ethics policies and ethical behavior relevant to their own organization.

“The NBAA statement is a good starting point for working with the leadership within your own organization to develop ethics policies,” suggested Donaldson. “It can be used as a guide for developing ethics policies for the flight department as a business unit.”

Thoughtful, well-drafted ethics policies developed by and for the flight department may then filter up through the entire organization, providing an example for other business units to follow.

3. “Ethical Business Aviation Transactions” is a tool to encourage industry-wide ethical behavior, publicly setting expectations for employees and organizations.

“In general, we have a wonderful industry composed of honest people,” said Donaldson, “but if unethical behavior was to take hold and become normalized, it could hurt the entire industry. This statement is a way of setting expectations for the industry as a whole.”

NBAA has published a number of resources to assist flight department managers, aviation directors and other business aviation professionals in developing and implementing ethics best practices, including Ethical Business Aviation Transactions and a recent Business Aviation Insider article: Promoting Ethics and Integrity in Business Aviation.

Learn more about NBAA’s efforts to promote professional ethics within business aviation.