oneworld corporate responsibility
As the world’s premier airline alliance, serving customers across six continents, we recognise our responsibility to society, our communities and the environment.
Community and charitable
oneworld's airlines have long philanthropic associations with large charities like UNICEF’s Change for Good campaign, Comic Relief and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Our members collectively raise millions of dollars a year for their chosen charities, through direct donations and fundraising. Non-financial assistance is given in the form of flights, freight and baggage allowances.
At a local level, all of our members are closely involved with community organisations, such as schools, arts and youth groups. Colleagues contribute their time and expertise to raise funds, and to assist and advise smaller initiatives at the grassroots level.
From high profile multi-million dollar charity partnerships through to small scale but equally important support for the communities around us, oneworld carriers make a formidable difference around the world.
oneworld shares the goals of IATA, to halt the rise in aviation carbon emissions by 2020, then to halve carbon emissions on 2005 levels by 2050. In pursuit of these objectives, our airlines invest extensively in new equipment and technology to increase their aircraft fuel efficiency, cut noise pollution and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.
Collectively, our airlines are spending billions of dollars on next-generation aircraft with dramatically reduced carbon emissions. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, already operated by oneworld member Japan Airlines, uses composite materials, new engines and the latest computer systems to achieve a 20 percent lower fuel burn than its predecessors. Over the past ten years, oneworld airlines invested over US $65 billion in new aircraft and our carriers currently have over US $110 billion of firm orders* for new aircraft such as the Boeing 787 and Airbus A350 XWB.
oneworld airlines are working closely with researchers to develop and test new carbon-neutral aviation fuels. For example, British Airways is working with leading engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce to test sustainable biofuels. American Airlines participates in the AIRE intergovernmental initiative to speed up application of new technologies and operational procedures which have a direct impact on reducing carbon emissions and noise pollution, as well as conserving fuel.
American Airlines has been ranked by Newsweek magazine as the most green airline in the USA for three years running.
On the ground too, waste reduction, recycling and reduced electricity consumption all serve to bring us closer to our objectives.
* At list prices
When the unexpected happens and help is needed, a rapid response can often save many lives. Over many years, when natural disasters have created humanitarian crises, oneworld members have responded rapidly by flying relief workers, supplies and equipment to the places they are needed most. Here are some recent examples.
In early 2010, an earthquake in Haiti killed over 300,000 people and left around 1 million people homeless. oneworld members airberlin, American Airlines, British Airways, Finnair and LAN all operated special flights to deliver much needed emergency supplies such as water and food rations, sanitation equipment and tents to the disaster zone. Where possible, the flights also transported specialist aid workers into Haiti and carried victims of the earthquake out to safety.
Following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Japan Airlines donated flights to transport relief workers and operated numerous extra flights into the worst-affected area.
East Africa has recently experienced one of the most severe famines in two decades. In August 2011, British Airways flew a Boeing 747 freighter to East Africa with a full load of emergency supplies for UNICEF and Oxfam including food, medical aid and water piping. Another flight in November brought more aid to the region. British Airways has donated tickets for relief experts to travel to the region.
These are just a few recent examples of the actions our members have taken. Click here to read more on our members' websites.
Member airline links
|British Airways corporate social responsibility|
|Finnair corporate social responsibility|
|Iberia corporate social responsibility (in Spanish)|
|Royal Jordanian annual report|