ABB Corporate Security focuses on processes, instructions and training to protect personnel and other assets from danger, loss or crime. As an integrated part of the ABB business, the security network analyzes threats and asset vulnerabilities in order to anticipate threats and mitigate risks.
ABB has strengthened its security capability considerably in recent years with additional company and external experts in different parts of the world.
The nature of risk has grown, and now potentially includes such diverse categories as war and terror, political upheaval, environmental hazards and natural disasters, different kinds of crime, and business intelligence and maritime threats.
One of the recent areas of focus has been on travel security. ABB has a system in place which tracks traveling employees globally and can be used to notify travelers and management of risks and dangerous situations as they occur. In times of crisis ABB Corporate Security can provide advice and support in relocating vulnerable staff and assets.
By the end of 2012, more than 1,200 managers in nearly all of the countries where ABB has operations, had been trained on crisis management with workshops and exercises. Nearly 40 such courses were held in 2012.
ABB has strengthened its due diligence on security companies with a global program to ensure all such companies meet ABB and international standards. Work on the program is ongoing.
New Group-wide security guidelines are also being drawn up, taking the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights into account. These internal guidelines, which form the basis of ABB's security activities worldwide, are due to be finalized in 2013.