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ABB Code of Conduct

The ABB Code of Conduct is the framework that explains the behavior ABB expects of every employee and stakeholder around the world. It is based on ABB's business principles: responsibility, respect and determination.

ABB employees and stakeholders apply these business principles to their work and actions on a daily basis. Our principles are about providing our customers affordable products and services without compromising on quality or reliability. But they are also about doing the right thing more generally – following the law, acting honorably and treating each other with respect.

The ABB Code of Conduct provides a framework for employees and stakeholders to put business principles into practice with utmost integrity. It is the foundation so that everything we do in connection to our work at ABB should be, and will be, measured against the highest possible standards of ethics and integrity.

Maria Varsellona
Maria Varsellona

“The Code of Conduct is one of the most important building blocks of our governance framework. It was revised and simplified to provide all employees with practical guidance for day to day business situations. It is important that we follow it in order to further enhance our culture of integrity and to safeguard ourselves and the company. In addition, the Code is also available as an interactive mobile app which makes it possible for each and every employee to access and work with it - any place, any time.”

— Maria Varsellona, General Counsel & Company Secretary, ABB

Unconditional commitment

We relentlessly set our standards higher for practical as well as ambitious reasons: our unconditional commitment to integrity helps us hire the best people, who develop and provide great products and services, which in turn attracts loyal customers and business partners. Trust and mutual respect among ABB employees and stakeholders is the core of our success, and they must be earned on a daily basis.

Employees are expected to read the ABB Code of Conduct and use it in their day-to-day work, always keeping in mind that they each have a personal responsibility to incorporate the principles – and encourage others to incorporate the principles – into their actions. It is available in several languages to assure its accessibility to everyone at ABB.

Employees who have questions or concerns, or who think that one of their colleagues may be falling short of our commitment to the ABB Code of Conduct and to working with utmost integrity, are expected to speak up.

Who has to follow the ABB Code of Conduct?

We expect all of our employees to read, acknowledge, and follow the ABB Code of Conduct. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action, and may lead to termination of employment with ABB.

ABB’s Board of Directors, which is also subject to the Code of Conduct, will review any issues under the Code of Conduct involving a member of the Board of Directors or the Executive Committee. The Board does not expect that it would grant a waiver of the Code of Conduct to a member of the Board of Directors or to a member of the Executive Committee but should it choose to do so then any such waiver would be promptly disclosed on our website.

Additionally, we expect ABB third parties, consultants, contractors, and anyone assigned to provide temporary work or services for ABB, to follow the ABB Code of Conduct in connection to their work for our company. Failure to do so may result in termination of their relationship with ABB.

Does ABB have a Supplier Code of Conduct?

It is imperative to ABB that our suppliers, who we regard as our “extended enterprise,” conduct business respectfully and with a high standard of integrity, in line with the ABB business principles.

As such, the ABB Supplier Code of Conduct is integrated into our day-to-day operations and is a fundamental part of our Supplier Qualification, Development and Evaluation Requirements.

Your questions are worth asking

ABB Code of Conduct mobile app

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ABB Integrity Program

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