Sustainable practices represent a clear opportunity for many of ADS’ 1,300+ members. With securing clean growth one of our core priorities, ADS is proud to advocate on behalf of the aerospace, defence, security and space sectors who are early adopters of sustainable practices.

Whether it’s the use of space technology to mitigate against the affects of climate change, pushes from the aerospace industry to deliver on net zero or working within government to ensure ESG regulations are applied effectively in our sectors, ADS is highly active throughout the industrial ecosystem to power clean, prosperous growth for our nation.

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UK Defence ESG Charter


A new framework for ESG standards

The UK Defence ESG Charter sets out clear commitments on behalf of the sector to enhance our ESG alignment.

Designed with organisations at every level of the supply chain in mind, learn more about how the Charter can support you with your ESG goals.

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Defence, ESG and SMEs


Perceived ESG risk

ADS members are increasingly reporting barriers to securing investment and access to financial services in relation to perceived ESG risk.

We are currently engaging with members, political stakeholders and investors to develop a clear understanding of the issue and deliver a workable solution.

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What our members say

I have worked with ADS throughout my career and they have always provided a route to market and an opportunity both to meet new and existing customers and also to influence the key stakeholders in my industry. The value of the collective voice of the members as championed by ADS is significant and both my company and I personally have developed and seen increased success owing to the opportunities ADS membership provides.
Luke Bonnett – Senior Business Manager, Frazer-Nash Consultancy
At OCR International we have found the services of ADS and its team to be of great value in helping us expand our business reach to engage with new opportunities. There are multiple opportunities for this ranging from networking events, speaking opportunities, exhibitions and joining and participating with special interest groups. We would recommend membership of ADS as a vibrant and forward thinking community for anyone involved in the Defence, Aerospace or Security sectors.
Simon Heath, Director of Sales from OCR
As an ADS member, I am able to attend many diverse events, spread geographically across the UK. These present amazing opportunities to connect, collaborate and even to sell. The Special Interest Groups allow me to focus in on specific sectors, markets and opportunities too.
Steven Borwell, Managing Director, KOIOS Group
ADS provide our company with industry insights about the most important subjects that affect our business. Many of our team are influencing the future by joining ADS boards discussing important sector topics. ADS provides premium access to the most appropriate industry shows and events. The presence that ADS has increases the impact we could make alone.
Anthony Hammond. Divisional Managing Director, Hyde Aero Group
ALTEN's leadership in engineering and IT services has been greatly enhanced through our partnership with ADS Group. Their support has streamlined our security vetting process, enabling seamless global collaborations. The Meet the Buyer events have offered us invaluable visibility, strategic connections, and a multitude of business opportunities.
Testimonial from Alten Ltd

Sustainability to Secure UK Advantage

Sustainability Working Group

The ADS Sustainability Working Group brings together representatives from ADS members who want to learn, collaborate and drive the sustainability (ESG) agenda across all sectors. CLick the following button to read more about the group.

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ADS Sustainability Challenge

The ADS Sustainability Challenge is a competition to support ADS SMEs reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions while addressing some of the current issues of The Streamlined Energy and Carbon Report (SECR) framework.

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Sustainable Aerospace

The UK aerospace industry recognises its responsibility to reduce the environmental impact of flying. In partnership with our members, ADS is proud to be a founder of the Sustainable Aviation roadmap. Interested in learning more about the UK’s journey to sustainable aerospace?

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Sustainable Aviation

Sustainable Aviation brings together the main players from UK airlines, airports, manufacturers and air navigation service providers to tackle the challenge of ensuring a sustainable future for our industry. ADS is a Council Member of Sustainable Aviation.

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Sustainable Skies World Summit

The next Sustainable Skies World Summit is taking place in May 2024. ADS subsidiary Farnborough International will once again welcome leaders in the international sustainable aviation space. At the last show, the increased usage and legislation surrounding SAF was reflected with a fly-by from a Voyager aircraft operating with a 43% SAF-fuel blend.

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Sustainable Materials Group

Sustainable Materials Working Group assists ADS members in managing the risks associated with hazardous substances to coordinate, communicate and promote authoritative information exchange. It offers guidance formation for supply chain communication on REACH / RoHS / CLP / POPs, etc and works with other stakeholder groups, regulators and legislators.

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