Through its operations, Saab plays an important part in society’s development. Our defence and security solutions contribute to a safer society. The actions we take are based on a set of values and ambitious goals to be a responsible business partner and employer.
Saab has played an important role in Sweden since the company was founded in 1937. The acquisition of Celsius added a unique industrial heritage dating back to the Bofors iron mill in 1646. In pace with globalisation and growing international trade, Saab’s operations have become more international. Today the Group is active in around 30 countries and has around 13,000 employees. Our overarching goal is to contribute positively to society. We do so by providing systems and solutions that make society safer and more secure.
From a societal perspective, Saab is an innovation powerhouse for advanced Swedish technology. This produces positive effects in a number of areas and helps to keep Sweden on the map as a knowledge leader.
Predicting the needs and expectations of our various stakeholders is critical to the long-term success of our operations. Saab’s primary stakeholders are its customers, business partners, employees, shareholders and the society in which we operate.
Our customers and business partners expect us to offer costefficient solutions designed for their specific needs. They want a business relationship that develops over time, based on mutual trust. And they want there to be no question that we will comply with international regulations and treaties and maintain high ethical standards.
Our employees expect Saab to be an employer that utilises their skills and offers opportunities for professional development. Our shareholders expect a consistently high return and transparency in our communication with the capital market.
The society in which we operate expects us to responsibly manage our business. This includes caring for the environment and contributing positively to our communities locally and globally.
We combine a strong history of knowledge with constant learning.
We are global citizens, honest and reliable and we keep our promises.
We have a passion for innovation, we are open to change and we are committed to being fast and flexible.
Management of sustainability work
Overall responsibility for sustainability work rests with Saab’s Board of Directors, which, through the CEO and other members of Group Management, ensures that sustainable development is incorporated into day-today operations. Group Management has assigned individuals responsibility for each of the four areas mentioned below.
The General Counsel has overarching responsibility for our code of conduct and for raising business ethics issues in the organisation. In the course of day-to-day operations, every employee has an individual and shared responsibility to comply with the code ofconduct. If any confusion arises, it is the duty of the employee to bring it to the attention of his or her immediate supervisor. Saab has also established a whistleblower function as well as an ethics and compliance unit within the legal department, which is responsible for the Group’s rules and ethical standards.
Our efforts are guided by our overall vision, business concept and values. Certain specific measures are governed by our sponsorship policy, which requires that sponsorship activities generally focus on education and technology.
Saab’s Senior Vice President and Head of Group Human Resources has overarching responsibility for HR work within the Group. Coordination and development of the Group’s HR work is handled by the HR units within each business area under the leadership of the HR staff.
Responsibility for Saab’s strategic development and oversight of environmental work rests with Group Quality & Environment. Operating issues are handled by the business areas, whose managers ultimately bear responsibility for compliance with environmental requirements. The goals that are set at the Group level are broken down by business area, work group, etc. The Group Environ mental Council coordinates and follows up environmental work within Saab.