ABB’s engagements and partnerships
ABB is passionate about creating success – together. Together means not only working together within ABB, but also with our customers, suppliers and stakeholders. ABB believes bringing together resources, knowledge and passion creates more value for a better world. An overview of the broad range of ABB’s external affiliations can be found below.
Corporate responsibility and sustainability
Find out more about ABB's commitment to sustainable value creation
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
ABB has been a member of the ICRC Corporate Support Group since it was established in 2006, supporting the ICRC’s humanitarian mission to protect and assist victims of war and other situations of violence.
Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB)
ABB supports the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB) for its work to promote dialogue and independent analysis of human rights challenges and issues which are relevant to ABB and other companies.
The Global Business Initiative on Human Rights
ABB is a founder member of the initiative, which works to inspire commitment, shape practice and build capability to implement respect for human rights, in line with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
World Economic Forum
ABB participates in WEF events in different parts of the world and is also more directly involved through membership of the Global Agenda Council on Business and Human Rights.
Responsible Minerals Initiative
ABB is a member in the initiative addressing responsible mineral sourcing issues in supply chains.
Ellen MacArthur Foundation
As a member of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation ABB shares ideas and works to drive the global transition to a circular economy.
Global Reporting Initiative
ABB and other constituencies work together to build a consensus on a set of sustainability reporting guidelines with the aim of achieving worldwide acceptance.
United Nations Global Compact
ABB is a founding signatory of the UNGC, a platform for encouraging and promoting good corporate practices and learning experiences in the areas of human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption.
Science Based Targets
The initiative is a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), World Resources Institute (WRI), and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and one of the We Mean Business Coalition commitments.
World Business Council for Sustainable Development
ABB is an active member of the Council and participates in a number of initiatives including the Electrical Utilities Working Group.
Technology & innovations
ABB Technology Ventures
ABB's venture capital unit invests in breakthrough technology companies aligned with ABB’s goal to write the future of industrial digitalization and has invested more than $200 million into start-ups spanning a range of sectors including robotics, industrial IoT, AI/machine learning, cybersecurity, electric mobility, smart buildings, and distributed energy.
Diversity & inclusion
Nobel International Partner
As a Nobel International Partner, ABB brings its deep experience in science, innovation and research, and its commitment to innovation to Nobel Media’s global programs – activities that extend the reach of the Nobel Prize to millions of students, decision makers and intellectually curious members of the public around the world.
ABB Research Award in Honor of Hubertus von Gruenberg
With this award ABB is honoring a leader and challenging a new generation. Awarded every three years, the prize is endowed with a research grant of US$300,000, making it one of the most highly endowed global research awards given by a corporation. The prize is awarded to a postdoctoral researcher working in the fields of energy, manufacturing, transport, infrastructure, digitalization, or related fields. The grant enables the awardee to continue research on his or her topic for three years.