Sustainable development through time

ABB has always taken a sustainable approach to business. Since the ABB Group were founded more than 130 years ago, we have been pushing the boundaries of technology to help our customers make their operations more energy efficient and productive. As an employer, we have always taken our social responsibilities seriously – treating our employees and contractors fairly and respectfully, and contributing in our communities. We started reporting on our environmental footprint in 1994, and in 2000 we expanded our reporting with the launch of our sustainability report. At the India Level Sustaibaility initiatives and objectives  have been in line with the ABB Group’s and we initiated the Business Responsibility reporting in 2014. We at ABB India continue to drive sustainability.


ABB launches its sustainability strategy 2030 focused on balancing the needs of society, the environment and the economy to create success for all of its stakeholders. Its key goal is carbon neutrality. The strategy is extended to all in ABB India including businesses.


A comprehensive stakeholder dialogue process was rolled out in ABB India to seek inputs and feedback from key stakeholders to enable ABB to revisit its materiality matrix and also in developing the next level 2030 objectives.


ABB introduces a global HSE/SA management system for health, safety, the environment, security and sustainability creating clear and common expectations in all our global businesses.


Health Safety and Environment (HSE) / Sustainability Affairs board was commissioned in ABB India. ABB India continued its focus on health and wellbeing and the Company ensured to provide Automated External Defibrillators (AED) at all of the Company’s office locations. ABB India, further 2 new systems / tools were launched namely for Safety: STARRT – Safety Task Assessment Risk Reduction Talk and daily Safety Assessment Tool (dSAT) factory tool.


ABB India launched the RISE- Relentless injury elimination & safety enforcement initiatives across ABB India operation. It also launches health and wellbeing initiative to promote resilience and integrate good health practices into the daily life of all our employees. It conducted awareness campaigns on sanitation and hygiene and constructed over 120 toilets across 42 schools in Bhawanipur, Bihar.


Launched the ABB India HSE awards that was designed to raise awareness of Health, Safety & Environment and to encourage, recognize and celebrate / reward employees and contractors making significant contributions to improve HSE performance at ABB.


ABB India Limited initiated its first Business Responsibility Reporting (BRR) for non-financial reporting independently as part of its annual reporting.


ABB launches a new set of sustainability objectives up to 2020.


The Supplier Sustainability Development Program moves ahead with 121 audits, training more than 1,000 suppliers and 1,250 employees.


ABB meets its annual target to reduce energy consumption by 2.5 percent.


ABB undertakes the largest-ever sustainability stakeholder survey of more than 500 people and organizations.


ABB receives awards in 14 countries for its sustainability achievements.


Energy audits lead to improvement projects accounting for 45 percent of ABB's energy consumption.


Group meets target to cut electricity use by five per cent per manufactured unit.


The new Code of Conduct rolls out in 45 languages.


ABB joins corporate support group of International Committee of Red Cross.


ABB starts investigation to become a CO2-neutral company in the medium-term.


ABB joins Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights.


ABB launches “Access to Electricity” initiative at World Summit in Johannesburg.


Dow Jones Sustainability Index rates ABB top of its group for the third year running.


ABB launches social policy and publishes first sustainability report including environmental and social performance.


ABB initiates the World Energy Council’s greenhouse gas reduction program.


ABB’s CEO serves on World Commission on Dams, which produces guidelines for hydroelectric power projects.


ABB launches its second-generation life cycle assessment software tool and database.


ABB introduces ISO 14001, with a total of 50 sites gaining certification.


ABB publishes its environmental objectives and 15 sites are certified to BS 7750 or EMAS environmental standards.


Environmental management systems are set as a group-wide objective involving 43 countries.


Thirty-eight countries participate in the start-up of ABB’s environmental management program.


ABB establishes its environmental affairs organization and an environmental advisory board.

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