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ABB encourages employees to speak up and bring their concerns to light so that problems can be resolved before any harm occurs.
ABB's Code of Conduct, group directives and operating procedures are intended to prevent and detect improper or illegal activities. Employees are not only encouraged but required to report any violations or suspected integrity violations.
The whistleblower protection policy creates a safe and confidential environment for employees to make such reports. This policy governs the reporting and investigation of alleged improper or illegal activities at ABB, as well as the protection afforded to those ABB employees who report them (the “whistleblowers”).
ABB will address any complaints of interference, reprisal, retaliation, threats, coercion or intimidation against employees who report, or disclose possible improper or illegal activities. ABB will protect those who come forward to report such activities.
Retaliation against any employee who in good faith reports a concern to the company about illegal or unethical conduct will not be tolerated and will be subject to disciplinary action.
Confidentiality will be maintained to the fullest extent possible. All reports are subject to appropriate investigation and are brought to full closure using systematic processes and tracking systems. It is a breach of the ABB Code of Conduct to fail to report a violation or suspected violation that employees know about or to refuse to cooperate with the investigation of a suspected violation.