Corporate community investment
Within Corporate Community Investment (CCI), we focus on Green, Safety and Technical education supplemented by Business unit specific local programs.
Our roots run deep – construction is largely a local activity and the projects we win place us in numerous communities. We are committed to being a responsible member of these communities. This requires us to execute our projects well and where possible make a wider contribution to society.
Corporate community investment policy – "Skanska in the Community"
Our Corporate Community Investment (CCI) Policy is part of the Social Agenda within Skanska's Sustainability Agenda; “We help build communities”. The policy creates the framework for uniform and consistent actions throughout the entire company. In our Home Markets, Skanska contributes by:
- Increasing knowledge about Safety, Green and Technology know-how
- Supporting other local community initiatives that are in line with the local operations and our Code of Conduct.
Contributions include employee volunteering, mentoring, donations, sponsorship, and other initiatives. Our preference is to give our time and materials to activities aligned with our CCI Policy.
Group-wide Community network
All CCI work is monitored and evaluated to ensure that our resources are effectively deployed to the maximum benefit of Skanska and the communities that we support. The community activities are coordinated by local Business Units in our Home Markets and supported by a Group-wide network of CCI experts who exchange experience and best practice.
Skanska in the Community
Skanska's corporate community investment takes various forms. For many years, Skanska employees have provided time, knowledge and money to support local community projects. Below you find some examples:
- UK – Success for Life program. Arrival Education and its Success for Life program aims to support the most opportunity-starved students so that they can flourish and become positive role models. Skanska is one of the companies that have been providing both volunteer and financial support to inspire and develop around 50 young people each year since 2009. In 2014, 580 new students will enter the Success for Life program alone and over 1000 young people via their various different programmes. Read more about the Success for Life program.
Norway – Housing School. Skanska and ByBo, part of the Church City Mission (Kirkens Bymisjon) in Norway, have started an initiative to help new arrivals acclimatize to their new environment. ByBo's slogan "Room for everyone" reflects the fact that until you have a home, it is hard to move on in life. Without a home, everything else is a problem too. The joint Housing School (Boligskolen) project has been going on for two years, bringing together dozens of participants on each occasion. Volunteers, including employees from Skanska in Oslo, help run the courses.
- Sweden – Leadership program for foreign-born engineers. Skanska has launched a targeted initiative to help foreign-born engineers get a job while also increasing the number of Skanska employees who come from other countries. After completing Skanska's International Leadership Program, six people were given jobs. An additional nine started the program during the autumn. The program is aimed at engineers with workplace experience from building production and the goal is employment.
- USA and Sweden - Career guidance. Skanska is partnering with Mentor Foundation USA to work with school students to inspire them and increase their interest in studying and having a career in business. The initiative also aims to curb truancy and substance abuse. The Schools to Skanska is a mentoring program designed to make the connection between knowledge gained in school and practical applications. Starting in autumn 2013 and spring 2014, the mentoring program will involve 25 students. Skanska in Sweden has also partnered with Mentor. A number of Skanska employees are participating in a career mentoring program for young people ages 13–17 in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö.
- Sweden – Job creation. Vivalla, a “Million Program” housing area in Örebro, is being upgraded from both a community and an environmental perspective. Skanska and the municipal housing company ÖrebroBostäder (Öbo) have entered into a four-year partnership to upgrade the area. One important goal is to create long-term job opportunities for residents in the area by involving them in the reconstruction. A number of Vivalla residents will be offered a chance to get involved in the project as resident builders. Skanska is working with Öbo and the public employment agency to offer up to six months of supervised work experience and training aimed at creating jobs at Skanska or with subcontractors. The program will offer 50–80 people practical experience and in 2013 around 15 were given work or supervised work experience.
Sweden - Job creation and environmental education. At Polisen 1 in Rosengård, a high unemployment area in the south of Sweden, Skanska and the tenant worked closely with the municipality to create employment opportunities for local residents and to instil a feeling of community ownership in the police station during its construction. One initiative involved providing on-site construction training and Swedish language classes. One of the participants has since been employed by Skanska as a carpenter. During construction, we worked with four local schools in Rosengård to raise awareness of environmental issues related to the project. Younger children observed how the site team composted organic waste and planted tomatoes in the resultant compost soil, whereas older children learned about the energy efficiency aspects of the project. Around 200 students of various ages took part in site visits and presentations held at schools by Skanska employees during the construction phase.
Argentina - Environmental education. Skanska Argentina has been running the Skanska Environmental Education Award since 2011. This competition foster student’s knowledge on protection of natural resources as well as community involvement, and encourages children from public schools to submit projects related to environmental care. In 2012, 14 prizewinning schools were given financial support to carry out projects such as organic gardening and recycling.
Poland - Safety education. Skanska Poland made a commitment to improving public awareness of traffic rules and safety matters by running the campaign “Safe in the vicinity of the construction site”, targeted to school children close to our construction projects. Initially we concentrated on safety at roads; last year we added matters connected to safety in the vicinity of construction projects. During the last years we met with 55,000 children in schools and kindergartens all over Poland and taught them about traffic safety, safety at construction sites and how to provide first aid.