Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement

The respect for human rights is self-evident and forms an integral part of the corporate culture of Lufthansa Group [1] as a group of companies that acts with responsibility and integrity. Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. We are committed to improving our practices to combat modern slavery and human trafficking. Our statement outlines the steps we have taken to prevent Modern Slavery within our Group and our supply chains and sets out our plans for future improvements.

This statement is made pursuant to section 54 (1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (United Kingdom) and constitutes our Group's slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31.12.2019.


Due to the challenges occurring  by the coronavirus pandemic and related reduced staff capacity as result of the applied short-term  work, Lufthansa Technik AG was not able to publish the statement by June 30th 2020.

Organizational structure

Lufthansa Technik AG is part of the Lufthansa Group. The Lufthansa Group is an aviation group with worldwide operations and 138,353 employees and more than 580 subsidiaries and affiliated companies as of 31.12.2019.

The portfolio of Lufthansa Group comprises the Network Airlines, the Eurowings Group and Aviation Services. The business segment Network Airlines comprises the companies Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian Airlines. They offer their customers a premium product and, thanks to the multi-hub strategy, a comprehensive route network combined with the highest degree of travel flexibility. The business segment Eurowings comprises the flight operations of Eurowings and the equity investment in Sun Express.  They offer an innovative and competitive product for price-sensitive and service-oriented customers in the growing direct-traffic  segment. The integration of Brussels Airlines into Eurowings was stopped in the course of the reporting year. Brussels Airlines will instead move closer to  Network Airlines and report as part of this business segment from the 2020 financial year onward.

The Aviation Services are leaders in their worldwide markets and strengthen the portfolio of the Lufthansa Group. They include the business segments Logistics, MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul), Catering as well as other companies and Group functions. Further information regarding the Company's structure may be found here

In 2019, Lufthansa Group carries over 145 million passengers each year with currently 763 aircraft flying to 318 destinations in 102 countries (data in relation to summer flight schedule 2019).


As a participant of the UN Global Compact since 2002, the Lufthansa Group attaches great importance in conducting its business in line with internationally acknowledged  principles and is committed to embedding respect for human rights as an  intsqral element of its corporate culture. The Group has a large unionized workforce represented by a number of different trade unions. Our Group Companies consult with  employee representative bodies, including trade unions and works councils.

The binding Code of Conduct documents the values,  principles and standards of conduct of the Lufthansa Group. Point 6 expressly states, "We respect and uphold the dignity of our employees, customers, and business  partners. In all our actions, we ensure that we act in accordance  with human rights, the principles of the UN Global Compact, and recognize international  labour and social standards. In  particular, we reject child labour, forced labour, and exploitation or discrimination of any kind." The Code of Conduct is binding for all  bodies,  managers and employees of the Lufthansa Group.

The companies are obliged to identify human rights risks and report the type and number of suspicious incidents. Individual complaints can also be made by third  parties to the external ombudsman - confidentially -  if requested. Employees of the Lufthansa Group can also report to their manager, human resources department or the employee representatives. A works agreement with regard to grievance procedures is already in place for all employees in Germany.

Human Rights Working Group

A Human Rights Working Group was established within the Human Resources and Legal Affairs Division of the Executive Board in 2017 and comprises of representatives from all relevant head office functions as well as Group companies that are potentially at risk. The Project Group monitors and discusses any potential high and extreme risk areas, incidents and actions in relation to Human Rights with the specific field of modern slavery. The Working Group meets at least twice a year to monitor the Group's progress in tackling slavery.

Based on an analysis carried out by Verisk Maplecroft, an advisory company, an overview of all Group companies operating in high-risk and extreme-risk countries was drawn up, i.e. countries where the risk of human rights violations are particularly high. The country overview is regularly updated and regular meetings serve to communicate information and develop a uniform, Group-wide position and strategy. Managers and Human Resources departments at these companies should be made aware of their duty of care to avoid human rights violations and the realisation of risks due to modern slavery. From this year onwards, a specific annex will successively be added to the employment contracts with these managers. In addition, awareness is created by means of focused intranet communications to all the employees in the Group. This includes a statement by the Executive Board member for Corporate Human Resources and Legal Affairs, emphasising the responsibility of the Lufthansa Group as a global company that respects human rights.

IATA Resolution on Human Trafficking

As a signatory to the IATA Resolution against Trafficking in Persons, ensuring an environment that is free from modern slavery and human trafficking  is a matter of course for the Lufthansa Group. The legal prosecution of human trafficking is the responsibility of governments and national law enforcement agencies. Nevertheless, the Lufthansa Group is aware of the importance of this topic and recognizes that as an aviation company it can play a significant role in identifying potential criminal offences. lt has therefore implemented a reporting process for flagging suspected cases of human trafficking.

In accordance with IATA recommendations, the Lufthansa Group has integrated the topic into regular pilot and flight attendant training in 2019. These employee groups are made particularly aware of potential signs of human rights violations. Steering and developing the management approach is the responsibility of the Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force, established in 2018, in which all Group companies and relevant Group Functions are represented.

Our Supply Chains

In 2019, the Lufthansa Group has more than 40,000 suppliers. The annual procurement volume is about 22 billion Euros. To meet the standards it sets for sustainability of its own products, the Lufthansa  Group relies on close co-operation with suppliers who share and implement these standards. This approach is also part of the Lufthansa Group's Code of Conduct. The Lufthansa Group expects from its suppliers that they fully comply with current law, guidelines and regulations concerning fair competition, integrity and responsible practices.

The Group procurement policy includes the obligation to assume social and ecological responsibility. It is to be understood as an overriding specification  for all procurement guidelines at the Group companies. In addition,   it serves as a handbook for buyers and all employees  with contacts in the procurement markets. Among other considerations and to the extent permitted by the competition, it requires that these obligations be included  in contracts with suppliers:

  • to comply with the ten principles of the UN Global  Compact;
  • to comply with the four basic principles of the International  Labour Organisation  (ILO);
  • to consent to announced and unannounced audits by companies of the Lufthansa Group;
  • to  accept the termination of the contract  in  the event that these contractual obligations  are breached.

By imposing these obligations, the Lufthansa Group endeavors to ensure responsible practices by its direct suppliers and therefore meets its own standards for corporate responsibility. The Lufthansa Group's expectations on its suppliers in terms of social and ecological responsibility were summarized and published in a Supplier Code of Conduct in 2019.

To identify the type and level of supplier risks, the procurement units responsible for product groups carried out a risk assessment for the suppliers. The outcome is included in the result of Group risk management. In addition,  risk analyses based on expenditure and country were performed in 2019 for all direct suppliers.  Suppliers  in extreme risk countries were identified based on Verisk Maplecroft in order to develop plans for measures that can be taken.

Further Steps to Prevent Modern Slavery

The Lufthansa Group as a globally operating group of companies, sees it as its responsibility to make a contribution. Companies do not control political developments in countries they operate in, however, they have a responsibility in the sphere of their work, especially towards their employees worldwide. In the coming year, the Group will look to further improve its structures, practices and trainings to combat Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking.

Approval for this statement

On 30. November 2020, this statement was approved by the Members of the Executive Board with respect to the Financial Year 2019.

Antonio Schulthess
Member of the Executive Board
Human Resources and Technical Services


[1] Lufthansa Group means Deutsche Lufthansa AG, and its related bodies corporate, as defined in Section 18 of the German Stock Corporation Act (Aktiengesetz)


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