Material Compliance

How ABB ensures its use of materials does not endanger vulnerable societies or habitats.

ABB has a duty to ensure that the materials we use do not contribute to environmental degradation or lead to conflict and exploitation in the countries that produce them. To maintain high social, environmental and human rights standards, this duty is set out in our Policy on Health, Safety, Environment, Security and Sustainability as well as our Supplier Code of Conduct

In practice, this means that we have systems in place to monitor the source of certain minerals more closely, and phase out the use of hazardous substances in ABB products and processes. ABB expects suppliers to actively support ongoing efforts to manage and demonstrate product compliance with regulations such as REACH, RoHS and Conflict Minerals. We encourage our suppliers and sub-contractors to adopt similar standards and to comply with regulatory requirements. 

Our organization continues to support responsible minerals sourcing and industry initiatives, while working with our suppliers to facilitate conflict-free sourcing that contributes to economic growth. In addition, ABB is a member of the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) and adheres to the OECD guidelines to increase the transparency of conflict minerals in our supply chain.

Watch this video on the importance of conflict minerals and what we expect from our suppliers.