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19 Nov 2004

Jürgen Dormann, Chairman & CEO, ABB

[PDF] Doing the right thing for the right reasons

Under what circumstances should ABB do business - and where should we not?...when international sanctions are decided, we act accordingly. We don’t do business in Burma, where democratic rights are violated...public debate is growing over whether companies doing business in Sudan, a country ravaged by a horrible civil war, aggravate the plight of the people...if economic sanctions were decided, we would of course abide by them...being there, what can we do to influence the situation positively?...If we pulled out due to the protests, would peace come about faster, or would other companies simply pick up our projects, and thus prolong the conflict?