Material issues defined

Products and services:

  • Innovation and R&D
  • Eco-efficiency and safety of products and services – reducing impacts of product’s use
  • Innovative technology and services for renewable energy generation and grid integration
  • Innovative technology and services to promote electrification, such as e-mobility, electrification of ships

Energy efficiency and climate change:

  • Energy intensity of own operations, including direct fuel consumption and the use of electricity and district heating for manufacturing processes and to operate buildings
  • Carbon intensity of energy use, including purchased ‘green’ energy, own generation of renewable energy, conversion to lower carbon forms of primary energy or electrification.
  • Direct emission of greenhouse gases (GHG) from SF6 handling on-site, production processes involving SF6

Safe and secure operations:

  • Safety of ABB employees, contractors under our control and members of the public affected by our activities, at our own sites and those of our customers
  • Occupational health of employees and contractors
  • Physical security of our people and assets, including manufacturing operations, service activities and project sites
  • Crisis management and business resilience
  • Security of ABB employees while on business travel
  • Cyber security


  • Behavior of employees and business partners along the value chain, defined by ABB Code of Conduct and Supplier Code of Conduct, policies and standards, and applicable laws
  • Includes anti-corruption, anti-bribery, anti-trust, appointment of representatives, gifts and entertainment, legal compliance
  • Detection and resolution of non-compliance

Responsible sourcing:

  • Sourcing of materials, products and services
  • Social and environmental risks and impacts of sourcing practices, including social and environmental performance of suppliers, material compliance, conflict minerals
  • Detection and resolution of non-compliance
  • Support for supplier development and performance improvement

Human rights:

  • Social and environmental impacts of business activities at customer and own sites, in supply chain and communities, and through other business partnerships
  • Community relations and engagement
  • Compliance with national and international laws and standards on labor and human rights
  • Identification and mitigation of potential risks
  • Activities in sensitive countries and regions
  • Access to remedy, detection and resolution of grievances

Developing our people:

  • Attraction and retention of talent
  • Learning and development
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Employee engagement
  • Employment conditions, labor rights

Right materials:

  • Sourcing, design and manufacture of our products
  • Use of hazardous substances (chemicals and toxic natural resources, e.g. cadmium) and scarce materials
  • Compliance with legislation, e.g. EU REACH and EU RoHS, Dodd-Frank Act
  • Customer requirements

Resource efficiency:

  • Impacts of our own operations
  • Water use, material use/waste generation and recycling

Stakeholder engagement:

  • Interaction with customers, suppliers, investors and civil society
  • Incorporating stakeholder feedback into our business
  • Partnerships for improved performance
  • Projects and philanthropy
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