Corporate responsability and sustainability

To create security and defence capabilities in a responsible and sustainable way, Saab has prioritised a number of sustainability issues that are integrated in the business strategy and contribute to Saab’s strategic priorities. The issues cover five areas:

Read about our progress within each area in the Annual and Sustainability report 2018 with the complementary GRI Appendix. Saab’s sustainability strategy is linked to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Through Saab’s operations, innovation partnerships and social engagement, we contribute to many of the goals. Based on our priority sustainability issues and opportunities to make a difference, we has chosen to focus on five of them. 

 

 

Anti-corruption

Corruption has negative consequences for society and business and is something Saab will never accept. We are guided by our fundamental values, the Code of Conduct, laws, industry codes of conduct and clearly defined internal processes to prevent corruption risks. Prior to each deal, Saab requires a corruption risk assessment. If the identified risks cannot be minimised and managed satisfactorily, Saab will withdraw from the deal.

Through our anti-corruption work and by actively participating in international alliances we contribute to UN sustainable development goal 16.5: Fight corruption and bribery.

 

Read about Saab’s work with anti-corruption and related policy documents  

Employees

Innovative, engaged and performance-driven employees are the foundation for our business success. We strive to ensure continuous employee development and a safe and healthy work environment. We have a firm belief that the different perspectives diversity brings to the organisation are a source of innovation and long-term profitability. For Saab, it is important that all employees realise the importance of diversity and appreciate each other’s unique contributions to the company. An overwhelming majority of Saab’s employees are men. Saab has therefore focused for several years on increasing the share of women in management positions. Through systematic and persistent efforts, the company has succeeded in doubling the share of female managers in ten years, between 2007 and 2017. Saab has remained focused on gender equality and the goal is to increase the share of female managers to 30 per cent globally by 2025.

 

By working systematically with gender equality Saab contributes to UN sustainable development goal 5: Gender Equality.

 

Read about Saab as an employer

 

Occupational health and safety policy

Human rights

Saab tries not to cause or contribute to adverse impacts on human rights. Saab has pledged to apply the UN Global Compact’s ten principles and integrated them in its Code of Conduct. Through procurement processes and in contacts with partners we increase awareness of the UN Global Compact and in this way promote the values Saab stands for. Saab has an impact on human rights through its work in a number of areas, ranging from diversity and occupational health and safety to anti- corruption and export control. The work with human rights issues is a continuous process that develops over time. Saab uses the UN guiding principles for business and human rights to support its work. According to these principles, companies are expected to identify their most important human rights issues, where there is a risk of the most serious adverse consequences from the company’s operations. Saab has identified responsible supplier relationships (right to fair working conditions) and compliance with export regulations (right to life, freedom and personal safety) as its most important issues.

Responsible supplier relationships

We see our suppliers as an extension of our own operations and expect them to take the same social and environmental responsibility as we do. Systematic measures to ensure that responsibility is being taken in the supply chain not only minimises risks, but also leads to higher quality in the products we buy.

Compliance with export regulations

At the same time that defence materiel contributes to upholding human rights, it can, if used incorrectly and contrary to  international law, also lead to human rights violations. The export of defence materiel therefore represents a great responsibility and is subject to strict regulations. The UN Charter establishes that every country has the right – and obligation – to protect its citizens against acts of aggression. A military defence is the ultimate expression of this. A domestic defence industry is an important component in a country’s defence capabilities, but requires sales and technological collaborations with other countries for its long-term development. The large part of Saab’s exports is from Sweden, where the Inspectorate of strategic products (ISP) determines on behalf of the government which defence products Saab may sell to which countries. Defence exports require authorisation, which can be given if there are security and defence policy reasons for the export and it is consistent with Swedish foreign policy interests. Export authorisations are granted 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; see below. Saab also has its own internal processes to weigh the risks associated with among other things human rights to evaluate new business opportunities. Saab makes a comprehensive assessment in which several factors are considered. The company’s stance is that international trade can be a way to promote countries’ development.

 

By working systematically with export compliance Saab contributes to UN sustainable development goal 16.4: Reduce illicit arms flows.

 

 Supplier Code of Conduct

Conflict mineral policy

Export Control Policy

Modern slavery act statement

Society

Saab’s sustainability commitment is rooted in its mission to make people and society safe by contributing to security and defence capabilities. Considering the products we sell, Saab naturally takes responsibility for information security and product safety. With its high-tech businesses, Saab also creates additional value for society. Saab’s operations play an important role in driving innovation and technological development in society. With employees in a large number of locations, Saab creates jobs and opportunities for collaboration and spreads knowledge. An important part of Saab’s innovative capabilities is university partnerships. Among other things, Saab employees have the opportunity to research for a PhD, while researchers and students from the schools can get involved in Saab’s work.

 

To promote an interest in technology, Saab offers a number of activities for children and young adults from preschool upward. Everything from technology classes for kids, technology contests, study visits and summer engineering school to a high school program where students have close contact with Saab’s businesses.

 

By promoting education and an interest in technology, Saab contributes to goal 4.4: Increase the number of youth and adults with relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment.

Through university partnerships, industrial and innovation collaborations, and technology transfers Saab contributes to UN sustainable development goal 9.5:

 

Encourage innovation and substantially increase the number of research and development workers

 

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Guidelines sponsorship and social engagement

Information Security Policy

Product Safety Policy

Code of Conduct

Every Saab employee has a personal role to play in maintaining Saab’s reputation as a responsible company. Saab’s Code of Conduct serves as guidance and covers all the areas described above.

 

Code of conduct

Our responsibilities

Responsible business

Saab’s employees are committed to acting responsibly in everything they do guided by fundamental values, current industry-wide codes of conduct and clearly defined internal processes.

Environmental impact

Saab works to reduce the environmental impact of its products, services and operations and, to an even greater extent, identify solutions to environmental issues through innovation.

Employer of choice

Saab brings together people with a variety of skills, experiences and ideas to create an inspiring and welcoming workplace and become the most attractive employer.


Contribute to society

Saab wants to play an active role in developing communities in the markets and places where we operate. Contributions are always closely linked to the business with the aim of helping to increase security, create economic growth, innovation and employment opportunities.

Sustainability fact book

For Saab, responsibility for people, society and the environment is critical in order to create sustainable growth. Saab has four focus areas for its sustainability work. Read more in our sustainability report.

Stakeholder Dialouge

To better understand the expectations on its sustainability work, Saab engaged during the year with various stakeholder groups, both internally and externally.

Governance

Overarching responsibility for Saab’s sustainability work rests with the Board of Directors, which, through the CEO and management team, ensures that the strategy is integrated in day-to-day operations.

Code of conduct

Here you can find Saab's code of conduct. Follow the link to find more information.

Alliances and Memberships

Saab has participated since 2011 in the UN’s voluntary Global Compact and has pledged to follow its 10 principles on human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption.

Strategy & Goals

Saab’s sustainability work goes hand in hand with the business strategy and contributes to long-term profitability.

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