What we do in local communities
Our Community Investment (CI) Policy creates the framework for uniform and consistent actions throughout the company. Below you will find some examples of what we do in local communities in our home markets. Our preference is to give our time and materials to activities aligned with our CI Policy.
Examples of how we contribute
Transforming an empty space into a "culture house" for the homeless and a public café. Every day, up to 400 homeless visitors stop by not just for a meal, but to read a book, take a lesson and much more. This is a story of how real estate development projects can benefit their communities in a new way.
The 59-meter-tall (195 foot) tower crane we're using to build the Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital Research and Education Building in St. Petersburg, USA, normally lifts concrete, steel and everything else needed to create a major medical facility. On December 15, it had a far more special use: delivering more than 1,200 holiday toys to surprised young patients.
In the Czech Republic, Skanska organized a competition for young writers called Bambini Litera. The aim was to engage with the local community by supporting education and contributing to happy home lives for children, adding another dimension to the physical homes we develop and build.
Finding a job and establishing a career is a big challenge for anyone. But if you are a refugee in a foreign country, in a foreign cultural setting, your task is even greater. Ziad, Firas and Hamdi are in the process of taking this big step.
Five young men, who were earlier unemployed, have embarked on a new route through life in cooperation with Skanska Norway. After an introductory course, three are now on apprenticeships, one in full time employment and one is on BIM placement.
New office buildings, while of course necessary, inevitably take up space in the urban landscape. But there is nothing that says that the space in between the buildings can’t be used for the greater good of the community.
With an extra day of paid leave per year, employees at Skanska UK get the opportunity to support an organisation close to their hearts, or take part in an event organised by Skanska’s volunteer programme. As it turns out, the act of lending a hand, has more benefits than one might expect.
The courtyard of Skanska’s new regional office in Malmö, Sweden, is not only open and accessible to the public. It also contains a sensory garden which can serve as an outdoor classroom for local schoolchildren.
In Boston, MA, Y2Y Harvard Square is a soon-to-be opened student-run overnight shelter, providing a safe environment for young adults. Skanska provided time, resources and advice to make it happen.
When the Vivalla housing complex in Örebro in Central Sweden is being upgraded residents are given work or supervised work experience through Skanska and the subcontractors involved in the project.
Houses and bridges need solid foundations, the same could be said for people too. However, some are not as lucky as others, when it comes to having a fair start in life. But, with a little help, most people can flourish, grow and find personal and professional success.