Fair working conditions

According to Skanska’s Code of Conduct, each employee should be paid an appropriate wage for their work and all employees should be treated fairly and their rights as workers respected. The working conditions should be of a decent standard.

We expect both our own employees and those of our subcontractors to be provided with adequate working conditions.

Skanska promotes human rights in accordance with the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN’s International Labour Organisation (ILO) Conventions. Skanska is a signatory to the United Nations (UN) Global Compact and complies with its 10 principles of corporate sustainability in the spheres of human rights, labor, the environment and the fight against corruption. Human rights refer to principles that describe certain standards of human dignity and values. Fundamental human rights include, among others, the freedom of assembly and association and the prohibition of forced labor and discrimination.

Skanska’s principles of fair working conditions

  • We do not tolerate any form of child, forced or compulsory labor on our work sites or in our supply chain, including such practices as the unlawful or illegitimate withholding of wages. A child is anyone below the age of 15, or below any higher minimum age specified by local law.
  • We do not allow any practice that would restrict free movement of employees. Such practices can include requiring employees to hand over identification documents, passports or work permits as a condition of employment.
  • We recognize the special needs of employees under the age of 18 and our duty of care towards them.
  • All employees should be adequately rewarded for their work and should be treated fairly and with respect for their employment rights. The working environment should be of a decent standard. We demand these conditions, as set out in the human rights and ILO standards that we subscribe to, not only for ourselves but also for worker in our supply chain.
  • We only permit working hours, wages and benefits that are in compliance with national and local laws and relevant ILO conventions.
  • We recognize and respect collective bargaining agreements and our employees’ right to freedom of association and collective bargaining, where permissible by law.
  • We promote good relations with labor organizations, trade unions and workers’ representatives.
  • We maintain a dialogue with our employees to ensure their rights are respected.

We expect all our subcontractors to commit to our Supplier Code of Conduct, which also covers the aforementioned principles.

We investigate all allegations of human rights violations in our business and supply chains. We urge anyone who suspects that such violations are taking place to report them anonymously to Skanska Hotline.