International initiatives

ASSA ABLOY is a signatory to the UN Global Compact since 2008. The affiliation with the UN Global Compact means that we support and commit ourselves to actively promoting and respecting the 10 principles on human rights, labor standards, environment and anti-corruption in our operations and in relation to external stakeholders.

Child labor

The fifth principle in the UN Global Compact states that: Businesses should uphold the effective abolition of child labour.

ASSA ABLOY takes a clear stand against child labor. If a child is found working with ASSA ABLOY products in any of its own or suppliers’ factories, it is requested that the employer acts in accordance with the overall best interest of the child. ASSA ABLOY will not as a first action ask an employer to dismiss a child but will cooperate in seeking a satisfactory solution that takes into account the child’s age, social situation and education. A satisfactory solution is whatever improves an individual child’s overall situation. The employer should cover the costs for this.

Commercial initiatives

As part of ASSA ABLOY’s commitment to more sustainable products and solutions in general and as a supplier to the building industry, the Group is a member in different initiatives.


Management systems

ASSA ABLOY promotes systematic sustainability management. That includes implementing environmental management systems across the Group. About 100 units within ASSA ABLOY are covered by ISO 14001and other certifiable management systems.


ASSA ABLOY applies the Global Reporting Initiatives (GRI) guidelines in the Group’s external sustainability reporting since 2007.

Implementation of sustainability management systems

Number of entities covered by ISO 14001 certificates and other certifiable environmental management systems

  2010 2011 20121 2013 2014 2015
ISO 14001 47 55 71 75 85 96


22 20 29 26 26 23
Total 69 75 100 101 111


1From 2012 sales companies are included in the reporting of environmental management systems. A part of the change is related to increased number of certified entities as well as closing of units in the restructuring program.

2Total number number of entities covered by ISO 14001 and other certifiable management systems amounted to 121, including units acquired during the year.