Major Global Aircraft Manufacturers and Emerging Responses to the SDGs Agenda

  • Dube Kaitano
  • Godwell Nhamo
Part of the Sustainable Development Goals Series book series (SDGS)


The aviation industry remains on the global radar regarding its contribution to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that lead to global warming and ultimately climate change. With the world agreeing on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (AfSD) that embeds 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs), it is inevitable that research is being done to determine how this sector is responding to the SDGs, especially aircraft manufacturing companies. Most, if not all, of the 17 SDGs challenge the aviation industry to do something to ensure sustainable development. This chapter applies critical document analysis in tracing how aircraft manufacturers are embracing SDGs. The findings are that two companies, namely, Airbus and Boeing, have localised at least 10 of the 17 SDGs including SDGs 4, 5, 9, 12, 13 and 17. The study shows that the industry can still do more to add to current success stories given their resource capacity. The work recommends a streamlining of the reporting system on SDGs to allow internal and external monitoring, reporting and verification now and for future initiatives.


Aviation Airbus Boeing SDGs Climate change Energy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dube Kaitano
    • 1
  • Godwell Nhamo
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Hospitality, Tourism and PRVaal University of TechnologyVanderbijlparkSouth Africa
  2. 2.Institute of Corporate CitizenshipUniversity of South AfricaPretoriaSouth Africa

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