Peace, justice and strong institutions

We have the ability to influence United Nations' Global Goal 16, which is about “Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels-2.  Discover how we contribute to this goal.

The UN Global Goal 16:  Peaceful, justice and strong institutions, links to our sustainability focus areas Ethics. We are engaged in several activities to help contribute to this SDG. 

Our approach

At Skanska we are always working toward a corruption-free society. Corruption and ethical breaches make long-lasting economic growth more challenging to attain, increase inequality and hinder human rights. Skanska continuously works to advance ethics and anti-corruption. The Group reviews the Code of Conduct every year, and in 2018 the Code was updated to include procedures for properly abiding by international sanctions regulations and sup­ported by the Sanctions Procedure.

Examples of activities

In 2018, an ethics assurance review fol­lowed up on the implementation of mea­sures to mitigate the top ethical risks identi­fied by each business unit the prior year. Such mitigation measures involve procure­ment processes; training and highlighting local policies involving conflicts of interest; and defining and implementing control processes, such as involving due diligence of third parties. To share experiences, this was done by the business units reviewing each other, with support by the Group Headquarter's Ethics function.

The risk assessments and assurance reviews form a continuous two-year process.

Code of Conduct hotline

Skanska’s Code of Conduct Hotline allows employees and those external to the Group to anonymously report suspected breaches of the Code of Conduct. This hotline is operated by a third party and is an alter­native to internal reporting possibilities. Cases reported to the hotline are managed by the Group Headquarter's Ethics function and reported to the Skanska Headquarter's Ethics Committee. Cases are resolved in collaboration with business units ethics committees.