One of the fundamental principles of the UN charter is of national sovereignty and the right to respond to acts of aggression. A military defence is the ultimate expression of this. For Sweden, a domestic defence industry is an important component in its defence capabilities, allowing it to be independent and participate in international collaborations in defence technology. Without the ability to sell to and co-operate with other countries, Sweden could not maintain its technological expertise and defence capabilities. At the same time, the export of defence materiel carries with it a great responsibility and is therefore governed by strict rules. The largest part of Saab’s exports is from Sweden, where the Swedish Agency for Non-Proliferation and Export Controls (ISP) determines on behalf of the government which
defence products Saab may sell to which countries.
WHAT SAAB SELLS TO WHOM
The export of defence materiel requires a special permit. Such permits are issued if there are security and defence policy reasons for the export and if it is consistent with Swedish foreign policy interests. Decisions on export permits are made on a case- by-case basis where ISP weighs a number of criteria in
a comprehensive assessment. ISP also takes into account the type of product involved.
SAAB’S INTERNAL WORK
Saab maintains Group-level policies and tools to help its businesses follow the export control laws that apply to the company’s products and activities. Together with a small staff, Saab’s head of export control is responsible for the company’s overarching policy, directives and governing policy documents
as well as for providing advice to the businesses on operational issues. In addition, each business area has its own export control organisation to manage the work at an operational level. To encourage collaboration and prioritise needs, Saab also has an export control council with representatives from various parts of the business.Saab continuously provides internal training on export controls for employees who come in contact with controlled products or technologies, e.g., marketers, salesmen, buyers, project managers, and development and production personnel. Web-based introductory training is also available to Saab’s employees. For export control officers and other key employees within Saab, an internal conference is held biannually, where expert speakers in various areas are invited in to share their knowledge. Saab also works with other industries through various trade organisations in Sweden, the EU and the US and holds talks on legal issues for university students in Sweden.
Last updated: 08 April 2016 • 15:52