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Business and Human rights

Defending open societies includes the defence of human rights. Open societies can only be resilient if human rights are respected.

Being a producer of defence equipment is a considerable responsibility. Saab is committed to respecting human rights throughout its operations and value-chain, in line with the UN Global Compact and the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights.

Human rights is one of Saab's material sustainability topics, according to Saab’s materiality analysis. Through its value-chain, Saab has an impact on human rights within several stakeholder groups. These include employees, workers in the supply-chain, contractors, local communities, and individuals.

Saab manages human rights risks in the supply chain, in Saab’s operations and related to the end-use of Saab’s products. Saab’s human rights commitments are outlined in several policy documents, such as the Code of Conduct, Supplier Code of Conduct, Modern Slavery Policy, Conflict Minerals Policy, and Responsible Sales Policy. Human rights issues are managed within several processes, with the most salient human rights issues being managed through sales and procurement processes.

Saab’s Responsible Sales Policy clarifies and strengthens the commitment to human rights risk management. The global policy was implemented in Saab’s marketing and sales process in 2022. The policy specifies a process for identification of risks, mitigation activities and decision-making.