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Sustainability – a part of our strategy

Saab’s sustainability commitment is rooted in our mission to make people and society safe by contributing to security and defence capabilities. Sustainability is integrated in every part of our strategy and lays the foundation for the company’s long-term development and growth.

Our three main commitments

1. Defence and security capability

When Saab was founded 80 years ago, it was a turbulent time in the world and Sweden needed security of supply for the defence of its sovereignty. Since then, Saab has developed into an international partner that contributes to security and defence capabilities all over the world.

  • Industrial cooperation
  • Product Safety
  • Research and development
Innovation and spreading knowledge

Long-term goal: University collaborations is an import and part of Saab’s innovation capacity. Saab shall have at least 30 employees per year working as PhD candidates.

2. Leading compliance programmes

The areas of anti-corruption, export compliance and information security are critical to us. Therefore we continuously work to develop better routines and processes. The goal is to have industry-leading compliance programmes.


• Anti-corruption
• Export compliance
• Information security

Zero tolerance for corruption

Long-term goal: Saab’s anti-corruption programme will be among the best in the industry. All employees will understand the importance of and promote openness and integrity.

3. Responsibility for people and environment

No company can live in isolation. We are all dependent on a well-functioning society in order to survive. For Saab, it is a given that we will take responsibility for people and the environment throughout the value chain.

  • Diversity
  • Environment
  • Health and safety
Reduce climate impact

Long-term goal: Reduce Saab’s GHG emissions by 33% by 2030 (related to 2017).

Gender equality and diversity

Long-term goal: At least 25% of employees and 30% of managers will be women by 2025

Sustainability strategy

UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) have set the global agenda for achieving sustainable economic growth, social integration and protection of the environment. Through our operations, we contribute to most of the SDGs. The goals that we have the greatest ability to influence and that are tied to the business strategy are:

Quality education

Saab focuses in particular on target 4.4, to increase the number of youth and adults with relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment. Saab contributes to the goal through its commitment to promote education and an interest in technology.

Gender equality

Saab focuses in particular on target 5.5 to ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making. Saab contributes to the goal by working actively to increase the number of female leaders at Saab.

Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Saab focuses in particular on target 9.5 to encourage innovation and substantially increase the number of research and development workers. Saab contributes to the goal through university partnerships, industrial and innovation collaborations, and technology transfers.

Climate action

Saab contributes to the goal by developing sustainable innovations and systematically reducing carbon emissions from its own operations.

Peace, justice and strong institutions

Saab focuses in particular on target 16.4 to fight illicit arms flows and target 16.5 to fight corruption and bribery. Saab contributes by complying with export controls that apply to its products and working systematically to prevent corruption. Saab is also of the opinion that democracy and social welfare cannot be achieved without security, which Saab’s products contribute to.

UN Global Compact

Since 2011, Saab is a participant in the United Nations Global Compact. Saab has incorporated the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact into our Code of Conduct and Code of Conduct for Suppliers. Read more about the United Nations Global Compact here