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Leaders at ABB Canada collaborate to brainstorm initiatives that fight climate change issues.Provided

Technology leader ABB Canada is globally on a journey to reach carbon neutrality by 2030, in line with its purpose of enabling a more sustainable and resource-efficient future with its technology leadership in electrification and automation.

“ABB has a diversified portfolio, so I’m able to work with passionate people from all the different technology and business areas within the company,” says Said Elaissi, health, safety and environment & sustainability national director. “Collaboration is one of our core values and it’s really brought to light when all our business leaders come together to brainstorm on initiatives to fight climate change issues.

“What inspires me is that ABB makes it part of its purpose to take on the biggest challenge of our generation – global warming,” he says. “The need for action is more urgent than ever. We’re all working on something bigger than us, which is bringing solutions to the customer that will really benefit society’s needs.”

ABB’s 2030 sustainability strategy is supported by four pillars: to enable a low-carbon society, to preserve resources, to promote social progress, and to create a culture of integrity and transparency.

“With our 2030 sustainability strategy, we’re actively enabling a low-carbon society as well as working with customers and suppliers to implement sustainable practices across our value chain and the life cycle of our products and solutions,” says Elaissi.

“ABB Canada is contributing to the company’s global commitment to support its customers in reducing and avoiding greenhouse gas emissions as well as achieving carbon neutrality across our own operations by 2030. For instance, one of the company’s biggest Canadian manufacturing sites near Montreal is replacing gas with electricity to decarbonize its heating system.”

The Canadian company is also working with customers to implement sustainable practices, such as electrifying rail lines to make it easier for commuters to get around while reducing emissions or charging 270 electrified school buses in the province of Quebec to benefit children and communities.

“We are equally committed to providing impactful support for community-building initiatives,” says Elaissi. “Social equity in health, food security, energy access, employment and social rights is key to creating a sustainable society. That includes promoting social progress at ABB by building safe, fair, equitable and inclusive working environments where our people can succeed and develop.”

John Fragos, human resources communications specialist, says the social aspect is at the heart of sustainability and a big part of what he does at ABB.

“It’s important that ABB reflects the diversity that is Canada in both the people that work here and the policies we’re putting forward,” says Fragos. “Doing so requires building a safe work environment that is inclusive and continuously committed to reducing workplace environment injuries, improving the employees’ sense of well-being, hiring diverse talent and creating a culture of equal opportunities. It’s about ABB creating a place where people want to work.”

ABB has a long-standing tradition of active engagement in the communities. In addition to the company’s annual giving campaign, employees can access a platform throughout the year to donate so they can support their charities of choice whenever they want. In the last five years, ABB Canada and its employees have donated well over $4.5-million.

“We respond to natural disasters that may be occurring in Canada, such as the wildfires in B.C.,” says Fragos. “I am lucky in that I can see first-hand how the work I’m contributing to has a meaningful impact. I am grateful to collaborate with the team working on deploying policies that will have a material impact on our different stakeholders not only today, but in the future.”

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