Political contributions shall only be made when in-line with ABB’s business principles, acceptable under applicable law and when deemed appropriate for the benefit of the community. Strict approval procedures must be observed under all circumstances before a political contribution is made.
ABB supports charitable contributions that encourage economic, environmental, social and educational development. It is imperative however, that all charitable contributions made in cash or in kind, whether large or small, are approved in accordance with our group directive on charitable contributions before they are offered or made. There are no exceptions to this rule.
We recognize the importance of promoting and participating in community engagement activities that foster economic, environmental, social and educational development as part of our commitment to the communities in which we operate. It is imperative to remember, however, that charitable contributions are often subject to special legislation that varies from country to country. In some countries certain contributions may even be strictly prohibited by law and may in fact constitute a bribe under applicable legislation.
A charitable contribution may only be given for public benefit (ie, social, educational, environmental and cultural purposes) to an organization or association.