Responsible Supply Chain

We expect our suppliers to take the same ethical, social and environmental responsibility we do. Working systematically to ensure that responsibility is taken in the supply chain not only minimises risks but also helps to raise the quality of the products we buy. 

In Sweden, Saab buys products and services from over 5,500 suppliers a year and in most cases has long-term, close relationships with them. The largest share of purchases is from Sweden and an overwhelming majority of suppliers are in Europe. The biggest procurements are components and technologies for the company’s systems, and to a lesser extent operations and services.


We work continuously to find better ways to minimise social and environmental risks in the supply chain. Our supplier code of conduct, which is based on the UN Global Compact’s principles on human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption, should be included in all new agreements and in those that are renegotiated. A number of new contracts were signed with suppliers during the year where they accepted the contractual clauses on the code of conduct. In the code we also express an expectation that suppliers will place similar demands on their subcontractors.

If a supplier does not live up to the requirements, Saab’s position as far as possible is to encourage them to improve and work together with them. Serious infractions or an unwillingness to cooperate can, however, have consequences for the supplier.

During the year, we provided our buyers with further training on sustainability in the supply chain. The aim for 2017 is to improve risk analysis and monitoring.


Conflict minerals are minerals that are extracted in conflict zones and sold to finance armed groups and sustain violence against local populations. Our aim is that the company’s products will not contain these minerals. The supplier code of conduct includes a special section on conflict minerals.