Through the many important projects we undertake and the innovative, sustainable solutions we use to deliver them, we build for a better society. We take responsibility for our own activities and set demands for our suppliers and subcontractors through active sustainability work.
Skanska supports the United Nations´17 Sustainable Development Goals. These are closely linked to the Group´s five sustainability focus areas Health and Safety, Ethics, Green, Community Investment and Diversity and Inclusion.
Health and Safety
In our opinion, it goes without saying that our employees should come home from work healthy and uninjured. Therefore we are constantly working to ensure that our work sites operate in a safe and responsible way.
Our goal is accident-free and healthy work sites. We focus on eliminating risks by thoroughly training our people, comprehensively planning our projects and operating according to our industry-leading health and safety procedures and policies.
We truly care for the health and safety of each and every person connected with our projects. Consequently, we strive to foster an environment in which everyone takes responsibility for their own health and safety, as well as the health and safety of those around them.
We are constantly working to ensure safety at our work sites improves on a daily basis all year round. But one week every year is specifically devoted to activities, commitment and reflection linked to safety and wellbeing. We call this Safety Week.
We are committed to doing business with a high degree of integrity and transparency. Fundamental to living our value of Act Ethically and Transparently are our comprehensive ethics and compliance program, our Code of Conduct and Supplier Code of Conduct, and our empowered culture.
Skanska’s value of Act Ethically and Transparently contains three key aspects that we are committed to following in all areas of our business:
- Doing business with a high degree of integrity and transparency
- Living by our Code of Conduct and never accepting shortcuts
- Fostering a working climate in which everyone can speak their mind
Skanska's environmental commitment relates to impacts of our operations and processes, and the long-term environmental performance of buildings and infrastructure delivered by our construction and development projects.
Our four priority areas within Green are: energy, carbon, materials and water. These areas provide us with the greatest opportunities to lower project environmental impacts.
Skanska´s approach to community investment aims to create shared value, both social and economic, for local communities and customers, as well as for Skanska. Our three community investment areas - employability, education and design for social impact – all relate to Skanska´s core business and expertise.
Within employability, opportunities for diverse groups to enter the job market are created together with partners by providing skills, opportunities and when possible, employment. When it comes to education, Skanska is providing students with learning opportunities and training programs. In addition, design for social impact Skanska strengthens communities through design by utilizing holistic design solutions for projects.
Diversity & Inclusion
Diverse and inclusive teams outperform homogenous teams, and diverse and inclusive organizations increase their ability to attract and retain top people. Furthermore, inclusive workplaces foster healthy and safe work environment. Skanska encourages and develops leaders to be excellent at fostering in inclusive culture.
Skanska´s work within inclusion aims to go beyond specific aspects of diversity addressed in legislation by creating workplaces characterized by openness, fairness, trust and respect - environments inclusive for all.