Founded in 2002, SpaceX manufactures rockets and is a leading provider of launch services. The company is in the process of deploying a satellite internet service, Starlink, with a planned constellation of 12,000 satellites.
SpaceX has opportunities to demonstrate its support for digital inclusion through activities aimed at universal and affordable access for vulnerable groups, digital opportunities for women and girls, and accessibility for people with disabilities. The company should also disclose its economic value contribution and distribution.
While SpaceX’s Careers page lists various open positions for Information Security personnel, there was no evidence found on how it monitors, responds to, and reports information security incidents. As other leading companies have done, SpaceX should make a statement on the importance of child online protection.
While SpaceX has an open source repository on GitHub, there is little evidence of further support for open innovation. The company has an opportunity to back inclusive and open innovation by assisting sustainable development research and the start-up ecosystem. In addition, it should demonstrate how it supports inclusive and ethical research and development.
Core social indicators
The core social indicators assess societal expectations of business conduct that companies should meet if they aspire to be part of a system transformation that leaves no one behind.
No policies or commitments related to respect for human rights were found in the public domain. There is no public evidence of SpaceX committing to respect the ILO fundamental labour rights, nor does the company disclose a process to identify, assess and mitigate the salient human rights risks associated with its own operations and business relationships.
No policies or commitments related to providing and promoting decent work were found in the public domain. As such, SpaceX does not disclose that it provides secure, safe and healthy workplaces, where workers are fairly remunerated and have a meaningful say in decision making.
No policies or commitments related to key ethical business topics – tax, bribery and corruption, and lobbying and political engagement – were found in the public domain. As such, SpaceX does not provide evidence of how it ensures ethical business conduct throughout its operations and in its relationships with business partners.