Policies, principles and initiatives

Sustainability policies, principles and external initiatives We have implemented environmental, social, human rights, and health and safety policies and a Supplier Code of Conduct.

These policies include references to the international standards to which they relate. As a founder member of the United Nations Global Compact, ABB has been closely involved in its development. ABB’s understanding of human rights and day-to-day business benefits from involvement in such organizations. We have also taken note of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and use its recommendations to assess expectations of corporate behavior. 

ABB has adopted ISO 14001 for environmental management systems; ISO/TR 14025 for Environmental Product Declarations; ISO 14040–45 for Life Cycle Assessments; and ISO 19011 for environmental auditing of organizations.

We have incorporated the principles of OHSAS 18001, the International Labour Organization (ILO) guidelines on occupational health and safety management systems, and the ILO Code of Practice on Recording and Notification of Occupational Accidents and Diseases into our health and safety program.

All ABB facilities are encouraged to implement management systems for environmental, health and safety and quality issues, while manufacturing and service locations are required to implement such systems. Globally, we have achieved external certification for environmental management systems at 390 sites and offices and for health and safety management systems at 378 locations. 

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