Performance against objectives

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Sustainability objectives 2012


Overview of progress


Status of completion

1. Resource efficiency




All sites to reduce use of energy by 2.5 percent annually


  • Energy use reduced by about three percent in 2012






Water: Action plans at facilities in water stressed regions


  • ABB Water Tool rolled out to facilities in water scarce and extremely water scarce areas




  • Water Action plans developed for 34 facilities








2. Travel




Develop action plans to reduce the environmental impact of business air travel


  • Low levels of progress on action plans. However, overall CO2 emissions from business air travel by ABB staff dropped by seven percent in 2012 compared to 2011







3. Risk assessment




Formal review of social, security, OHS and environmental risks instituted at early stage of divisional project risk assessments


  • Formal assessments of risks carried out at divisional and Business Unit levels. Regular reviews in some areas of business; still sporadic in other areas







4. Crisis management





Maintain and improve crisis management, security and human rights capability








Security and crisis management training/exercises in all regions during 2012 as part of regular three year program


  • 38 crisis response training exercises at country level in 2012



  • Nearly 100 percent coverage of all ABB countries over past three years



  • Other training included travel security briefings and general security awareness







Human rights training for senior employees in 12 main manufacturing/export countries/regions by end of 2012


  • Two more training sessions in 2012, bringing to nine total held in different parts of world



  • First round of capacity building exercises held with more than 40 participants from different regions






Implement security and crisis management systems and programs across all regions, according to priorities based on risks and needs


  • Two security programs (crisis management and travel security) completed across all regions







5. Occupational health and safety (OHS)





Consolidate implementation of programs identified in existing Executive Committee-approved OHS plan:








Maintain strategic, Group-led OHS programs, such as OHS leadership training


  • OHS leadership training program maintained across regions for all line managers and their direct reports




  • Training on occupational hygiene delivered across all regions




  • Fourth intake of candidates for International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety






Maintain and increase the reach of Business Unit-specific OHS initiatives


  • Maintained major OHS programs within Power Systems, Power Products and Process Automation divisions with increasing support of countries




  • Started new programs within Discrete Motion Motors and Generators, and Power Systems Grid Systems business units




  • Appointed Group Service OHS advisor and Group Occupational Health physician






Ensure implementation of country strategic OHS plans, with quarterly KPI reporting


  • All countries submitted approved plans



  • Quarterly reporting maintained, analyzed and results circulated to support management reviews locally



  • OHS incident data reporting extended and improved







6. Supply chain





Improve sustainability performance in the supply chain through the Supplier Sustainability Development Program








110 audits in high-risk countries in 2012


  • 121 audits in high-risk countries in 2012






Face-to-face training with 250 suppliers in defined, high-risk countries


  • More than 1,000 suppliers trained






On-line training developed and available


  • Delivered and available




  • Internal sustainability auditor certification training developed and launched