We are committed to a high standard of integrity which is expected of every employee and in every country where we do business.
With hard work and a clear commitment from ABB's top management at headquarters and across our regions and divisions, ABB has seen the positive impact that a robust compliance and integrity program and a strong culture of integrity can have on the long-term success and sustainability of our company.
Integrity is a top priority at ABB
We have developed and implemented a systematic approach designed to prevent, detect, and resolve any potential integrity concerns. This is supported by tools and processes and a zero tolerance policy for any violations. Our integrity program has created an environment where all of our employees can be open about identifying risks, asking questions, and raising concerns.
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Integrity leadership involves every dimension at ABB
At ABB, integrity begins with leadership, responsibility and accountability. The tone from the top is clear: we are committed to integrity and we walk away from non-compliant business. Recurring integrity messages from our CEO and other senior leaders in videos, articles and letters, serve to reinforce our commitment to doing business without breaking the rules.
But integrity leadership does not stop at the top. Our integrity program relies on local management to lead by example. All local business unit managers have to regularly lead discussions about integrity issues to ensure that the ethics message comes from the same person that sets the business targets: integrity is the business of the business.
With support from top leadership, local leadership, committed integrity resources, and partner resources (like Human Resources and Sustainability Affairs) throughout the company, we are able to foster a strong and sincere culture of integrity.
The integrity program – led by the chief integrity officer – is supported by integrity resources at headquarters and around the world.
About 440 people, both full time and part-time, work on our integrity program and processes. Regional and country integrity officers, covering all countries in which we do business, are a fundamental part of our integrity team.
ABB prohibits bribery in all forms, whether direct or indirect, no matter what the amount, and employees are expected to act with the highest standards of integrity in all business dealings. Our integrity policies reflect the importance of individual accountability, oversight, integrity leadership, and transparency. Among these policies are the prohibition on paying facilitation payments, a rigorous zero-tolerance policy against any involvement in bribery or corruption, robust policies on gifts, entertainment and expenses, charitable contributions and representatives, and measures to ensure ethical supply chains.
ABB strives to achieve the highest standards of ethical behavior, and does so by fighting and countering bribery in all countries where we do business.
Some key features of our Anti-corruption policy
"ABB is committed to fostering a culture where integrity is woven into the fabric of everything we do. We want integrity embedded in our people, our businesses and processes. This means acting responsibly as individuals and as a company. We regularly evaluate our culture of integrity, and will continue raising the bar relentlessly."
"ABB employees need to understand that behaving with integrity is considered a core element of any successful career at ABB. It is every bit as important as a good engineering or business education.
Integrity is one of ABB's five strategic imperatives, and it is the responsibility of every ABB manager to ensure that their employees embrace it."
"As an essential pre-requisite for successful business, every ABB employee has a personal responsibility to walk away from any business that might engage the company in anti-competitive practices. This commitment is strongly embedded in ABB’s culture and we strive to live up to this non-negotiable standard in our company."