Principal memberships

Listed below are some of ABB’s principal associations and initiatives involving sustainability.

Amnesty International (AI), UK
ABB is a member of Amnesty International’s Business Group which gives advice to member companies on business-related human rights matters and organizes round-table discussions for its members to share experience and best practice.. Web site:

Center for Environmental Assessment of Product and Material (CPM), Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden
CPM is a national competence center dedicated to sustainable product development. It is jointly funded by industry, VINNOVA (the Swedish Agency for Innovation Systems), and Chalmers. ABB is a board member. Web site:

Global Reporting Initiative, Netherlands
The GRI is a multi-stakeholder process which started in 1997 and became an independent institution in 2002. The initiative has the active support and engagement of representatives from business, non-profit advocacy groups, accounting bodies, investor organizations, trade unions and others. These constituencies have worked together to build a consensus on a set of sustainability reporting guidelines with the aim of achieving worldwide acceptance. Over 1,000 organizations now use the GRI Guidelines. Web site:

Institute for Human Rights and Business
The Institute for Human Rights and Business is a global center of excellence and expertise focusing on the relationship between business and internationally proclaimed human rights standards. ABB supports the Institute for its work to promote dialogue and independent analysis of human rights challenges and issues which are relevant to ABB and other companies. Web site:

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
ABB was one of seven companies which founded the ICRC Corporate Support Group in October 2005. The group consists of companies committed to supporting financially the ICRC’s humanitarian mission over a six-year period. ABB has renewed its commitment for a period from 2012-17. The agreement also provides for exchanges between the ICRC and its partners in areas of mutual interest such as risk management and training. There were several exchanges during 2011. Web site:

International Institute for Management Development (IMD),Switzerland
IMD, based in Lausanne, Switzerland, is one of the world’s leading business schools with over 50 years of experience in developing the leadership capabilities of international business executives. ABB is a corporate sponsor and active participant in IMD’s Forum for Corporate Sustainability Management, and takes part in a number of IMD-organized activities. Web site:

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
The ISO is responsible for standardization in all fields except electrical and electronic engineering. ABB’s corporate staff for sustainability affairs is a member of Technical Committee 207 dealing with international standards for environmental management. Web site:

oikos International, Switzerland
oikos is an international student organization for sustainable economics and management, founded in 1987 at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. It is now present in more than 20 countries. Web site:

The Global Business Initiative on Human Rights
The initiative aims to ensure that Human Rights responsibility and accountability is better understood by business. Building on the tools and processes developed by the Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights, the Global Business Initiative is working with companies in non-OECD countries to raise levels of understanding of Human Rights risks and opportunities, and to exchange experiences and views on these issues.

The Hunger Project, Switzerland
The Swiss organization is part of Hunger Project International which seeks to ease poverty and raise living standards in emerging countries, primarily through projects to strengthen the empowerment of women. ABB has focused its support on a project in India.

Transparency International
The global non-governmental organization, founded in 1993, is dedicated to fighting corruption. ABB is a group contributor and donor and was one of ten international companies to sign a set of "Business Principles for Countering Bribery in the Engineering and Construction Industry" at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in 2004 in Davos, Switzerland. The principles were developed by a multinational task force of engineering and construction companies, including ABB, working with the World Economic Forum, the Basel Institute on Governance, and Transparency International. Web site:

United Nations Global Compact
ABB was one of the 50 companies that supported the inaugural launch of the Global Compact in New York in July 2000. The membership now stands at over 8,000. The Compact is a platform for encouraging and promoting good corporate practices and learning experiences in the areas of human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption. ABB has supported Global Compact initiatives on several occasions, and is a member of the Human Rights Working Group..Web site:

World Business Council for Sustainable Development
Established in January 1995, the WBCSD is a coalition of some 200 international companies drawn from 35 countries and 20 major industrial sectors, and united by a shared commitment to sustainable development via the three pillars of economic growth, ecological balance and social progress. ABB is an active member of the Council, and participates in a number of initiatives including the Electrical Utilities Working Group. Web site:

World Childhood Foundation, Sweden
The foundation was established in 1999 by Queen Silvia of Sweden. The mission is to defend the rights of the child and to promote better living conditions for vulnerable and exploited children at risk all over the world. The foundation supports around 100 projects in 16 countries, focusing on prevention, intervention and education efforts. Web site:

World Economic Forum
The WEF, based in Geneva, is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. 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. Web site:

One of the world’s largest and most effective organizations devoted to the conservation of nature, operating in around 100 countries and supported by nearly five million individuals. ABB is currently working with WWF on the Access to Electricity program in Tanzania, and individual initiatives in China, India and South Africa. Web site:

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