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Our sustainability commitment

A commitment to society has been at the core of Saab’s business since its founding; supporting nations to keep people and society safe. Sustainability is an integrated part of Saab’s strategy to drive value for customers, partners, employees, owners and society as a whole. Contributing to safe and resilient societies in light of increased instability in the world, Saab is committed to strengthening the positive impact on sustainability from its operations whilst ensuring that research, innovation and technology help enable sustainable development.

An essential part in our engagement for sustainability is to minimise the negative social and environmental impacts from all parts of our operations. During 2021, Saab took further steps and joined the Race to Zero campaign, committing to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by setting climate targets in line with the Paris Agreement and to become net zero by 2050, based on Science Based Targets. Saab joined the UN Global Compact in 2011 and reiterates its continued support for the UN Global Compact and its ten principles.


Saab’s mission: Keeping people and society safe

Defence is the stepping-stone towards more sustainable and resilient societies. Our commitment to society is at the core of Saab’s identity and sustainability is the very basis for the company’s long-term development and growth. Peace, security and stability are prerequisites to ensure that we can together reach the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). In a world where threats against societies are growing increasingly diverse, and with climate change giving rise to a new instability, Saab contributes to defence and security capabilities as a trusted partner in Sweden and many other countries.

Saab’s sustainability strategy aims to integrate management of sustainability topics into Saab’s core business and to create a common agenda for the whole company. Through the strategy, Saab strives to manage the environmental, economic and social impacts of its value-chain, operations and products. Saab should contribute to the development of safe and resilient societies with innovation and responsible business practices, to become a fundamental actor of a sustainable future.

To create security and defence capabilities in a responsible and sustainable way, we have prioritised a number of sustainability issues that are integrated in our business strategy. A long-term approach is extremely important to us, not least because several of our projects extend over very long periods. We continuously measure and monitor key sustainability aspects and integrate them in our processes. Saab’s sustainability commitment serves as the basis for our long-term development and growth.

If you want to learn more about Saab’s work within sustainability, please see the latest Sustainability Report here.

Sustainable development goals

Saab is committed to contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), which is reflected in Saab’s new sustainability strategy. Based on the materiality analysis that was conducted during 2021 Saab has mapped out where the company has the greatest impact on sustainable development and where efforts should be focused in order to find synergies between Saab’s business plan and the SDGs. The outcome of the mapping was that Saab contributes most materially to the following SDGs: 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 13, 16 and 17.

You can read more about the UN Sustainable Development Goals here.

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Sustainability strategy

Responsible Business

Saab’s sustainability commitment is rooted in our mission to make people and society safe by contributing to security and defence capabilities. It is imperative that Saab operates in an environmentally and socially responsible way when working towards this goal. Sustainability is integrated in every part of our strategy and lays the foundation for the company’s long-term development and growth.

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Resilient and safe societies

A commitment to the needs of society has always been at the core of Saab’s business. We deliver capabilities to customers who have the great responsibility of protecting their countries’ values and borders whilst defending peoples’ human rights and freedom.

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Partnering for Innovation

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. This includes partnering with organisations, suppliers, customers and academia, as well as helping to promote an interest in technology in the next generation of engineers, employers and partners.

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For Saab, responsibility for people, society and the environment is critical in order to create sustainable growth.

Read more in our sustainability report