Organizational safety begins at the top. The IATA Safety Leadership program has been developed to support industry leaders enhance the safety performance and operational resilience of their organizations.

Demonstrating Safety Leadership through visible commitment to principles that drive a positive safety culture is critical as businesses evolve, mature and adapt to an ever-changing landscape.

IATA and Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) Safety Leadership Information Paper

This information paper on safety leadership was presented to ICAO jointly with the Flight Safety Foundation. It calls attention to the importance of safety leadership within an organization, and how it supports a safer, more efficient, and resilient business.

IATA Safety Leadership Charter

The Safety Leadership Charter has been developed in consultation with IATA members, and the wider aviation community, to support industry executives in evolving a positive safety culture within their organizations.

The Charter is geared toward strengthening organizational safety culture through highlighting this critical element as a driver for continuous improvement in safety performance, by proposing commitment to key leadership principles and supporting practical actions. 

Guiding Principles:

  1. Lead obligation to safety through words and actions.
  2. Foster safety awareness with employees, the leadership team, and the board.
  3. Guide the integration of safety into business strategies, processes, and performance measures.
  4. Create the internal capacity to proactively manage safety and collectively achieve organizational safety goals.
  5. Create an atmosphere of trust, where employees are encouraged and confident to report safety-related information.
  6. Establish a working environment in which clear expectations of acceptable and unacceptable behaviors are communicated and understood.
  7. Create an environment where all employees feel responsibility for safety.
  8. Regularly assess and improve organizational Safety Culture.


For more information about the IATA Safety Leadership Charter and how to get involved, please contact our team.

Safety Culture

Establishing a positive organizational safety culture requires buy-in and continual application by all employees at every level, but to remain effective, commitment and leadership from top executives is critical. The leadership team must assure that safety is a steadfast organizational value, so that it is always front-of-mind and part of the decision-making process.

IATA strongly believes and continues to advocate the critical role of Safety Culture in enabling an effective SMS and promoting a more harmonized, hands-on approach to further strengthening Safety Culture across the industry.

The IATA Aviation Safety Culture Survey (I-ASC) helps organizations measure employee perceptions of safety in the organization, as well as better understand what is working and what can be improved through a quantitative and qualitative assessment of survey's nine safety culture drivers.