Safety is ABB’s first priority. Our objective is that by 2020 all ABB operations will have an excellent health, safety and security culture embedded in their day-to-day business, targeting zero incidents.
In response, in early 2014 our senior leadership launched a drive to truly embed safety as a core company value. “Don’t look the other way” defines the required behavior throughout the organization and activity under this banner is focused on positive behavioral change, emphasizing personal leadership and accountability as the basis for fundamentally improved safety performance.
Commitment to cultural changeThe initiative started at the top, with ABB’s first-ever personal safety commitment signed by the Executive Committee and our top 200 leaders in March 2014. The commitment emphasizes personal responsibility, job-appropriate safety training for all, establishing a safe system of work for all tasks and the importance of reporting and learning from all incidents.
A dedicated web portal has been established to communicate the initiative throughout ABB, training materials have been developed and ABB country organizations and businesses have aligned their safety activities and programs. Regular Groupwide and local communication ensures that the initiative remains visible and relevant.
This commitment is further supported by the requirement for all ABB employees to include a health and safety behavioral goal in their annual objectives, starting 2014. The aim is to further embed positive safety behaviors at all levels and to ensure that formal discussions of these behaviors occur across the company.