Summary of GRI indicators ABB Group Sustainability Indicators 2018

Environmental

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Data assured

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

 

Hazardous materials

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phthalates (tons)

99

106

191

878

258

 

Brominated flame retardants (tons)

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

1.9

 

Lead in submarine cables (tons)

 

1

0.017

8,246

8,376

7,842

 

Organic lead in polymers (tons)

0.0

0.29

1.0

1.4

0.1

 

Lead in other products (tons), e.g., backup batteries and counterweights in robots

2,686

2,548

3,321

1,684

1,884

 

Cadmium in batteries (tons)2

113.3

71.3

53.0

98.3

79.5

 

Cadmium in lead alloy and other uses (tons)

0.3

0.4

7.3

6.4

6.0

 

Mercury in products (tons)

0.001

0.001

0.002

0.007

0.071

 

SF6 insulation gas (inflow to ABB facilities) (tons)3

1,286

1,425

1,653

1,658

1,483

 

SF6 insulation gas (outflow to customers) (tons)3

1,279

1,417

1,644

1,648

1,466

 

No. of transformers with PCB oil in ABB facilities

6

0

0

0

0

 

No. of capacitors with PCB oil in ABB facilities

0

0

0

0

0

 

Mercury in instruments in ABB facilities (tons)

0.215

0.215

0.238

0.225

0.320

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Energy consumption (gigawatt-hours – GWh)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biofuels4

51.6

64.4

52

46

44

 

Oil (11.63 MWh/ton)

48.5

58.5

71

79

85

 

Diesel (11.75 MWh/ton)

4.8

5.8

9

8

11

 

Coal (7.56 MWh/ton)

0

0

0

0

0

 

Gas5,6

658

647

658

737

708

 

District heat consumption5

201

209

198

181

198

 

Electricity consumption5,6

1,571

1,561

1,620

1,608

1,628

 

Total energy used

2,535

2,546

2,607

2,658

2,675

 

Electricity sold

2

5

2

1

2

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Energy intensity (MWh/million $ sales)7

72

74

77

75

67

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Reduction of energy consumption (GWh)

 

11

61

51

17

161

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Water withdrawal (kilotons)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purchased from water companies5

3,721

3,678

3,800

4,000

4,200

 

Groundwater extracted by ABB

2,499

2,726

2,300

3,200

3,100

 

Surface water extracted by ABB

2,561

2,849

3,000

2,400

2,800

 

Collection of rainwater

<100

<100

<100

<100

<100

 

Waste water from external source

<100

<100

<100

<100

<100

 

Water withdrawal from areas of water stress8

2,778

2,694

2,730

2,993

2,951

 

Total water withdrawal

8,827

9,280

9,100

9,700

10,100

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Water recycled and reused

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Volume of water reused and recycled (kilotons)

 

7,449

7,807

10,600

5,200

5,200

 

As percentage of total water withdrawal (%)

 

84

84

116

54

51

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions9 (kilotons CO2 equivalent)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Scope 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CO2 from the use of energy6

148

149

155

173

170

 

SF6 (in CO2 equivalents)10

150

175

221

237

382

 

CO2 from transport by own fleet11

 

63

63

350

350

350

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Scope 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

District heat consumption

30

28

31

29

35

 

Electricity consumption6

597

606

614

684

682

 

Total scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions

988

1,020

1,371

1,473

1,618

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Scope 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Air travel12,13

138

150

164

158

171

305-4

GHG emissions intensity (tons CO2 equivalents/million $)14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tons CO2 equivalents per million $ sales

32

34

45

46

45

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Emissions of volatile organic compounds (tons)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Volatile organic compounds (VOC)

882

987

1,105

1,223

1,291

 

Chlorinated volatile organic compounds (VOC-Cl)15

4

3

6

13

20

 

Emissions of NOX and SOX (tons SO2 and NO2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOX from burning coal

 

0

0

0

0

0

 

SOX from burning oil and biofuels

 

72

89

82

97

97

 

NOX from burning coal

 

0

0

0

0

0

 

NOX from burning oil and biofuels

 

54

67

72

73

73

 

NOX from burning gas

 

142

140

142

159

153

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Water discharge by quality and destination (kilotons)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Public sewer

 

6,130

3,039

4,200

3,100

3,000

 

treated (percentage)

 

21%

38%

21%

28%

30%

 

untreated (percentage)

 

79%

62%

79%

72%

70%

 

Recipient16

 

761

444

4,500

2,600

2,900

 

treated (percentage)

 

90%

81%

15%

90%

90%

 

untreated (percentage)

 

10%

19%

85%

10%

10%

 

Hazardous treatment company

 

47

45

300

360

400

 

treated (percentage)

 

47%

13%

71%

90%

75%

 

untreated (percentage)

 

53%

87%

29%

10%

25%

 

External use

 

1

0

0

<100

<100

 

treated (percentage)

 

100%

-

-

63%

50%

 

untreated (percentage)

 

-

-

-

37%

50%

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Waste (kilotons)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scrap metal recycled

156

153

148

158

162

 

Non-hazardous waste recycled5

62

61

53

53

49

 

Non-hazardous waste sent for disposal5

37

36

37

44

44

 

Hazardous waste recycled17

5

5

7

5

5

 

Hazardous waste sent for disposal17

6

8

8

10

13

 

Total waste (generated)

266

263

254

270

273

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Numbers of significant spills18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oil spills

 

15

19

17

11

7

 

Chemical spills

 

9

10

6

1

0

 

Emissions to air

 

5

3

6

11

3

 

Others

 

14

12

9

0

0

 

Total number of significant spills

 

43

44

38

23

10

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2018

 

2017

 

2016

 

2015

 

2014

 

1

Reporting on lead in submarine cables is discontinued from 2018 due to the divestment of our high-voltage cables and cable accessories businesses in Q1 2017.

2

From 2018 we report all cadmium in batteries in one category. Data from 2013–2017 on cadmium in industrial and rechargeable batteries, respectively, have been summed up and are included here.

3

Data on inflow and outflow of SF6 insulation gas have been restated for 2017, due to an error in the reporting from one site.

4

Biofuels were reported as a separate category in 2017. Biofuel consumption, total energy used, and energy intensity have been restated for 2014–2016, since the use of biofuels was previously not reported at one of our large facilities.

5

Results for these indicators are based on reported data covering 94% of employees in 2018, 93% in 2017, 97% in 2016, 95% in 2015 and 93% in 2014, plus energy use per employee for the remaining employees pro rata. See the Approach to reporting section for more details.

6

Gas and electricity consumption and the associated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have been restated for 2014–2017, due to the correction of earlier conversion factor errors at one of our large facilities.

7

Includes sales from Power Grids division.

8

Water withdrawal from areas of water stress have been restated for 2013-2017, due to earlier errors in reporting of water for remediation projects at two sites.

9

See Approach to reporting chapter for more details on GHG emission calculation.

10

In 2015, we updated the factor used to convert SF6 emissions to CO2 equivalents to 22,800 kg CO2e/kg SF6, as recommended by the UK Department of Energy & Climate Change in July 2014, and have applied that factor to SF6 data reported for all years.

11

For 2018 we use the same data as for 2017. For 2017 data see Approach to reporting; 2014–2016 data was estimated.

12

The air travel indicator included data from ABB Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Kazakhstan and Romania for the first time in 2016 and from ABB China and Thomas & Betts for the first time in 2014.

13

Data for air travel is calculated using the emission factors published by the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy in its “2018 Government GHG Conversion Factors for Company Reporting – Methodology Paper for Emission Factors – Final Report.”

14

The GHG emissions intensity includes Scope 1+2+3 emissions. Includes sales from Power Grids division.

15

Emissions of Chlorinated volatile organic compounds (VOC-Cl) are included in the Volatile organic compounds (VOC) reported in the line above.

16

Cooling water quality remains unchanged by its use at ABB and is discharged without treatment. Data for 2016 exceptionally included discharge of cooling water to recipient.

17

Hazardous waste as classified in the country where it is generated.

18

An environmental incident is regarded as significant if at least one of the following criteria applies to the incident: obligation to inform local authorities or a governmental agency about the incident and/or regulatory violation; inspection by an environmental agency results in a formal complaint; environmental Notice of Violation, a Consent Order or a Potential Responsible Party (PRP) notification; imposition of a penalty or fine; significant impact on an ecosystem; costs related to the incident exceed, or may exceed, $10,000.

19

Includes GE Industrial Solutions acquired in 2018.

20

Includes part-time employees. Turnover rate calculated as number of ABB employees (full- and part-time) leaving during the year/total number of ABB employees (full- and part-time) as at 31 December. For the purpose of this calculation, employees and external workforce who leave the organization voluntarily or involuntarily whether due to dismissal, retirement, end of fixed-term contract or death in service or any other reason, are included. However, involuntary turnover arising out of divestments is excluded from the definition.

21

Fatalities include deaths occurring within one year as a result of injuries sustained and commuting is excluded.

22

The number of recorded incidents multiplied by 200,000/total hours worked.

23

Data covers incidents that happened at workplace (ABB facility, customer site, project site).

24

Includes incidents during business travel by road. Air and rail travels are excluded.

25

Includes incidents during business travel between ABB work place (ABB facility, customer site, project site).

26

The number of days lost multiplied by 200,000/total hours worked.

27

Total recordable incidents include fatal, lost-time incident, serious injury incident, medical treatment incident, occupational illness and restricted workday cases.

28

Days lost are calendar days and are counted from the day after the incident.

29

Rate is calculated per employee.

30

Eligible employees included in ABB HR system. Data covers previous year’s cycle with completion by Q1 of the reporting year.

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Total number and rates of new employee hires and employee turnover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total workforce by region (ABB employees)19

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Europe

 

68,300

 

63,000

 

61,400

 

61,600

 

63,000

 

 

The Americas

 

35,600

 

28,800

 

29,000

 

30,900

 

32,200

 

 

Asia, Middle East and Africa

 

42,700

 

43,000

 

41,900

 

43,300

 

45,200

 

 

Total

 

146,600

 

134,800

 

132,300

 

135,800

 

140,400

 

 

Employee turnover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turnover of all employees20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Europe

 

6,509

10%

7,105

11%

6,063

10%

5,891

9%

5,877

9%

 

The Americas

 

3,986

11%

3,148

11%

5,338

17%

5,409

17%

5,379

17%

 

Asia, Middle East and Africa

 

5,127

12%

3,749

9%

4,430

11%

4,946

12%

5,701

13%

 

Total employee turnover: ABB Group

 

15,622

11%

14,002

10%

15,831

12%

16,246

12%

16,957

12%

 

Turnover of all female employees20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Europe

 

2,053

3%

2,097

3%

1,571

2%

1,498

2%

1,370

2%

 

The Americas

 

1,154

3%

940

3%

1,265

4%

1,418

5%

1,307

4%

 

Asia, Middle East and Africa

 

967

2%

855

2%

882

2%

1,093

3%

1,311

6%

 

Total female employee turnover:
ABB Group

 

4,174

3%

3,892

3%

3,718

3%

4,009

3%

3,882

3%

 

Employee hires

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hires of all employees20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Europe

 

7,848

11%

6,888

11%

5,656

9%

5,672

9%

6,195

10%

 

The Americas

 

3,525

10%

3,905

13%

3,354

11%

3,573

11%

4,142

13%

 

Asia, Middle East and Africa

 

5,281

12%

4,403

11%

2,920

7%

3,777

9%

5,493

13%

 

Total employee hires: ABB Group

 

16,654

11%

15,196

11%

11,930

9%

13,022

10%

15,830

12%

 

Hires of all female employees20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Europe

 

2,442

4%

2,161

3%

1,681

3%

1,520

2%

1,597

3%

 

The Americas

 

950

3%

1,030

3%

937

3%

769

2%

1,010

3%

 

Asia, Middle East and Africa

 

1,076

3%

900

2%

586

1%

761

2%

1,308

3%

 

Total female employee hires:
ABB Group

 

4,468

3%

4,091

3%

3,204

2%

3,050

2%

3,915

3%

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Occupational health and safety: Injuries, lost days, diseases and fatalities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Employee work-related fatalities21, 23

0

 

1

 

0

 

0

 

1

 

 

Incident rate22

0.00

 

0.00

 

0.00

 

0.00

 

0.00

 

 

Employee business travel fatalities21,24

1

 

1

 

1

 

0

 

0

 

 

Incident rate22

0.00

 

0.00

 

0.00

 

0.00

 

0.00

 

 

Contractor work-related fatalities21,23

3

 

2

 

5

 

2

 

2

 

 

Contractor business travel fatalities21,25

0

 

0

 

2

 

0

 

0

 

 

Members of the public fatalities21

0

 

0

 

0

 

1

 

0

 

 

Employee total recordable incident number23, 27

830

 

1,049

 

1,140

 

1,310

 

1,500

 

 

Injury rate22

0.58

 

0.73

 

0.79

 

0.87

 

0.99

 

 

Contractor total recordable incident number23, 27

203

 

205

 

277

 

343

 

333

 

 

Injury rate22

0.58

 

0.52

 

0.70

 

0.80

 

0.78

 

 

Employee lost time incident number23

386

 

472

 

441

 

531

 

652

 

 

Injury rate22

0.27

 

0.33

 

0.30

 

0.36

 

0.43

 

 

Contractor lost time incident number23

97

 

95

 

118

 

163

 

200

 

 

Injury rate22

0.28

 

0.24

 

0.30

 

0.38

 

0.47

 

 

Employee lost days due to industrial incidents28

 

6,650

 

7,331

 

6,905

 

7,831

 

8,415

 

 

Days lost rate26

 

4.63

 

5.11

 

4.78

 

5.26

 

5.52

 

 

Employee occupational health illness

30

 

35

 

65

 

46

 

17

 

 

Employee occupational health illness rate22

0.02

 

0.02

 

0.05

 

0.03

 

0.01

 

 

Sustainability Observation Tours (SOT) conducted23

144,738

 

182,265

 

178,473

 

139,124

 

 

 

SOT rate29

1.01

 

1.27

 

1.24

 

0.92

 

 

 

Hazards reported23

389,733

 

585,627

 

621,849

 

520,942

 

 

 

Hazards reporting rate29

2.72

 

4.08

 

4.31

 

3.51

 

 

 

Data by region

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Employee work-related fatalities:
ABB Group

0

 

1

 

0

 

0

 

1

 

 

Europe

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

 

The Americas

0

 

1

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

 

Asia, Middle East and Africa

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

1

 

 

Employee business travel fatalities: ABB Group

1

 

1

 

1

 

0

 

0

 

 

Europe

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

 

The Americas

0

 

0

 

1

 

0

 

0

 

 

Asia, Middle East and Africa

1

 

1

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

 

Contractor work-related fatalities:
ABB Group

3

 

2

 

5

 

2

 

2

 

 

Europe

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

 

The Americas

1

 

1

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

 

Asia, Middle East and Africa

2

 

1

 

5

 

2

 

2

 

 

Contractor business travel fatalities: ABB Group

0

 

0

 

2

 

0

 

0

 

 

Europe

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

 

The Americas

0

 

0

 

2

 

0

 

0

 

 

Asia, Middle East and Africa

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

 

Employee total recordable injury rate: ABB Group

0.58

 

0.73

 

0.79

 

0.88

 

0.10

 

 

Europe

0.66

 

0.86

 

0.96

 

1.02

 

1.16

 

 

The Americas

0.97

 

1.17

 

1.18

 

1.40

 

1.57

 

 

Asia, Middle East and Africa

0.19

 

0.24

 

0.27

 

0.31

 

0.39

 

 

Contractor total recordable injury rate: ABB Group

0.58

 

0.52

 

0.70

 

0.80

 

0.78

 

 

Europe

1.52

 

1.38

 

1.69

 

1.88

 

1.97

 

 

The Americas

0.74

 

0.96

 

1.47

 

1.54

 

1.40

 

 

Asia, Middle East and Africa

0.26

 

0.24

 

0.35

 

0.37

 

0.35

 

 

Employee lost time injury rate:
ABB Group

0.27

 

0.33

 

0.30

 

0.36

 

0.43

 

 

Europe

0.39

 

0.48

 

0.47

 

0.56

 

0.66

 

 

The Americas

0.30

 

0.34

 

0.29

 

0.33

 

0.40

 

 

Asia, Middle East and Africa

0.07

 

0.09

 

0.08

 

0.08

 

0.12

 

 

Contractor lost time injury rate:
ABB Group

0.28

 

0.24

 

0.30

 

0.38

 

0.47

 

 

Europe

0.91

 

0.73

 

0.93

 

1.03

 

1.38

 

 

The Americas

0.29

 

0.35

 

0.81

 

0.84

 

0.86

 

 

Asia, Middle East and Africa

0.08

 

0.10

 

0.07

 

0.12

 

0.15

 

 

Employee days lost rate: ABB Group

 

4.63

 

5.11

 

4.78

 

5.26

 

5.52

 

 

Europe

 

6.19

 

6.95

 

5.98

 

7.32

 

8.25

 

 

The Americas

 

6.46

 

6.43

 

7.81

 

6.02

 

8.28

 

 

Asia, Middle East and Africa

 

1.05

 

1.49

 

0.99

 

1.74

 

1.72

 

 

Employee occupational health disease rate: ABB Group

0.02

 

0.02

 

0.05

 

0.03

 

0.01

 

 

Europe

0.04

 

0.05

 

0.09

 

0.06

 

0.02

 

 

The Americas

0.00

 

0.00

 

0.02

 

0.02

 

0.03

 

 

Asia, Middle East and Africa

0.01

 

0.00

 

0.05

 

0.00

 

0.00

 

 

SOT rate: ABB Group

1.01

 

1.27

 

1.24

 

0.92

 

 

 

Europe

0.92

 

0.84

 

0.76

 

0.51

 

 

 

The Americas

1.09

 

1.71

 

1.87

 

1.41

 

 

 

Asia, Middle East and Africa

1.10

 

1.61

 

1.53

 

1.17

 

 

 

Hazard rate: ABB Group

2.72

 

4.08

 

4.31

 

3.51

 

 

 

Europe

2.38

 

3.37

 

3.65

 

2.67

 

 

 

The Americas

2.66

 

4.81

 

4.78

 

4.25

 

 

 

Asia, Middle East and Africa

3.28

 

4.64

 

5.03

 

4.19

 

 

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Non-discrimination

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total number of incidents of discrimination

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

1

 

 

Total number of incidents of harassment

 

25

 

9

 

5

 

8

 

10

 

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Public policy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financial and in-kind political contributions

 

$11,500

 

$300

 

$10,400

 

$12,600

 

$13,000

 

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Training and education

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Training per year per employee (average hours)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

China

 

16

 

17

 

25

 

22

 

26

 

 

Czech Republic

 

12

 

13

 

14

 

14

 

13

 

 

Finland

 

13

 

13

 

15

 

17

 

19

 

 

Germany

 

18

 

18

 

18

 

18

 

18

 

 

India

 

12

 

5

 

3

 

2

 

12

 

 

Italy

 

16

 

12

 

10

 

12

 

12

 

 

Poland

 

35

 

20

 

12

 

10

 

11

 

 

Sweden

 

12

 

12

 

10

 

10

 

12

 

 

Switzerland

 

14

 

14

 

15

 

14

 

16

 

 

US

 

16

 

24

 

24

 

27

 

32

 

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Employees receiving regular performance and career development reviews30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top and senior managers

 

89%

 

94%

 

92%

 

85%

 

87%

 

 

Middle and lower managers

 

93%

 

96%

 

94%

 

90%

 

91%

 

 

Other employees

 

91%

 

91%

 

91%

 

87%

 

88%

 

 

Total workforce

 

91%

 

91%

 

92%

 

87%

 

88%

 

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Diversity and equal opportunity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Composition of governance bodies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Board of Directors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women in Board (percentage)

 

18%

 

10%

 

18%

 

13%

 

13%

 

 

Age group diversity (percentage)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

<30 years old

 

0%

 

0%

 

0%

 

0%

 

0%

 

 

30–50 years old

 

9%

 

0%

 

0%

 

0%

 

0%

 

 

>50 years old

 

91%

 

100%

 

100%

 

100%

 

100%

 

 

Number of nationalities

 

7

 

8

 

10

 

8

 

7

 

 

Executive Committee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women in Executive Committee (percentage)

 

9%

 

9%

 

9%

 

9%

 

9%

 

 

Age group diversity total (percentage)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

<30 years old

 

0%

 

0%

 

0%

 

0%

 

0%

 

 

30–50 years old

 

0%

 

27%

 

18%

 

27%

 

36%

 

 

>50 years old

 

100%

 

73%

 

82%

 

73%

 

64%

 

 

Number of nationalities

 

8

 

8

 

7

 

8

 

8

 

 

Employees in senior and middle management

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women in senior and middle management

 

17%

 

16%

 

18%

 

17%

 

15%

 

 

Men in senior and middle management

 

83%

 

84%

 

82%

 

83%

 

85%

 

 

Total workforce (ABB employees)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women in total workforce

 

23%

 

23%

 

23%

 

23%

 

22%

 

 

Men in total workforce

 

77%

 

77%

 

77%

 

77%

 

78%