ABB United States Statement on Social Justice

ABB United States Statement on Social Justice

Updated from original post in June 2020.

ABB operates in more than 100 countries and is proud of the broad perspectives this cultural diversity gives us. To grow and be successful, ABB depends on the trust of its employees, customers and shareholders, as well as the communities it serves.

Our commitment to social justice is articulated in our global Social PolicyHuman Rights PolicyCode of Conduct, and ABB Values. Among other points, these policies and our Code address fair employment for diversity and inclusion, human rights/human trafficking, and our anti-retaliation commitment when any employee reports an issue. We also emphasized our expectations of employees when communicating in social media as reflected in our Social Media Guidelines.We recognize that diverse views, cultures and histories make us a better company. Our values – care, curiosity, collaboration and courage – serve as guideposts for treating all employees with respect.

Positive change from within

At ABB in the United States, we have partnered with experts to help us through this journey. 

  • With support from Catalyst, ABB has conducted “Unconscious Bias” employee training since 2016.
  • We have seen extraordinary growth of our employee resource groups. These groups champion diversity initiatives and embrace the differences that make us unique to foster an environment of inclusion, equity and belonging at ABB. The groups define themselves as Women, Black Professionals, Military & Allies, Pride, Young Professionals, Senior Professionals, Asians, Abilities, and Hispanic-LatinX.
  • A new program called Safe Zone Training provides employees opportunities to learn about LGBTQ+ identities, gender, sexuality, and examine unconscious bias and privilege.
  • ABB United States has a dedicated Diversity & Inclusion leader with clear deliverable actions and empowerment.

Building on strong corporate policy

In addition to the global policies outlined above, ABB in the United States develops specific policies, local corporate standards, and expectations to support cultural change, including:

  • General Harassment Prevention Policy
  • Gender Identity and Expression Policy and Gender Transition Guidelines
  • Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Statement of Policy
  • Policy combatting human trafficking

Understanding our many communities

ABB in the United States is committed to promoting social justice and supporting diversity & inclusion initiatives in the communities where we operate. Some of our investments in our communities include:

  • Support for programs that increase diversity in STEM education, access and career exploration including partnerships with the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).
  • ABB Foundation grant to the National Urban League to support education programs, mentorships for primarily African American children.
  • Anti-racism roundtables and other educational events hosted by ABB Black Professionals employee resource group
  • ABB in the United States maintains a corporate policy and commitment to support and develop small, certified minority, woman, veteran owned, LGBT and other disadvantaged business enterprises by executing an advanced supplier diversity process that is engrained into our corporate culture of sustainability.
  • ABB donated to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund

The journey continues

ABB recognizes that inclusivity and equality are essential to our business, and we are proud of the efforts we have taken to make ABB a welcoming place for all our employees, business partners, and customers. However, we also understand that we are not done: We must continue to work hard every day to build and maintain an inclusive environment for everyone. The need for social justice and equality in our society is undeniable, and the ABB team is committed to investing the necessary time, talent, and resources to effect positive change and create a better future.

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