This section describes important business relationships between ABB and its Board members, or companies and organizations represented by them. This determination has been made based on ABB Ltd’s Related Party Transaction Policy. This policy is contained in the ABB Ltd Board Regulations & Corporate Governance Guidelines, a copy of which can be found in the section “Corporate governance – Further information on corporate governance” at www.abb.com/investorrelations.
Atlas Copco AB (Atlas Copco) is an important business partner of ABB. ABB supplies Atlas Copco primarily with drives and motors through its Discrete Automation and Motion division. Jacob Wallenberg was vice chairman of Atlas Copco until April 2012.
IBM Corporation (IBM) is an important supplier to ABB. IBM supplies ABB primarily with IT related hardware, software and services. Peter Voser is a director of IBM.
Adecco S.A. (Adecco) is an important supplier to ABB. Adecco primarily supplies ABB with temporary personnel services. Jean-Christophe Deslarzes is a director of Adecco.
ABB has an unsecured syndicated $2-billion, revolving credit facility. As of December 31, 2015, SEB Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ) (SEB) and Barclays Bank plc (Barclays Bank) had each committed to approximately $74 million out of the $2-billion total. In addition, ABB has regular banking business with SEB and Barclays. Jacob Wallenberg was the vice chairman of SEB until March 2014 and Diane de Saint Victor is a director of Barclays Bank and Barclays plc.
After reviewing the level of ABB’s business with Atlas Copco and the level of purchases from IBM and Adecco, and after reviewing the banking commitments of SEB and Barclays, the Board has determined that ABB’s business relationships with those companies are not unusual in their nature or conditions and do not constitute material business relationships. As a result, the Board concluded that all members of the Board are considered to be independent directors. This determination was made in accordance with ABB Ltd’s Related Party Transaction Policy which was prepared based on the Swiss Code of Best Practice for Corporate Governance and the independence criteria set forth in the corporate governance rules of the New York Stock Exchange.