Governance for sustainability

Skanska has a Group-wide sustainability governance structure.


Group Leadership Team members have responsibility for the five sustainability focus areas.

Sustainability is closely linked to Skanska’s core business through the Skanska values, Skanska's Purpose and the Profit with Pur­pose Business and Plan 2016-2020.

Representatives from across our organization regularly meet to share best practices and knowledge. Sustainability is also prominent on the agenda at Skanska's biennial Management Meetings, reaching 750 senior managers.

Code of Conduct

Skanska's Code of Conduct is key to bringing the Group's values to life. The Code of Conduct describes the expected behavior of every employee in interactions with fellow employees, customers, local communities and other stakeholders. All Skanska employees must adhere to the principles and requirements contained in the Code of Conduct; this includes part-time, contract and temporary employees.

Read more about Skanska's Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct Hotline

Skanska's Code of Conduct Hotline provides a mechanism for employees, suppliers' employees and other third parties to anonymously report on breaches or suspected breaches of the Group's Code of Conduct. The hotline is managed by an independent thirdparty service provider.

Read more about How to report a concern

Group Governance Framework 

The management of sustainability follows the Group Governance Framework and internal audit procedures. The Group Governance Framework is decided by the Board. The business units are responsible to comply with what is stated in the Group Policies and Group Procedures and Stan­dards.

To strengthen Skanska’s sustainability ambitions in relevance to business the Skanska Sustainability Business Forum, including members from Group Leadership Team, is a body for anchoring strategic decisions.

International certifications

It is mandatory for business units to be third-party certified according to the ISO 14001 environmental management stan­dard. In 2018, Skanska received no major non-conformance (MNC) citations from external auditors. From 2019, all business units must also have an externally certified management system for health and safety, such as OHSAS 18001. This latter certifica­tion is already achieved by 90 percent of Skanska.

Global commitments

Skanska became a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact in 2001 and continues to support the Global Compact's Ten Principles. The Annual and Sustainability report constitutes Skanska's Communication on Progress (COP) and shows how the Group worked with the Ten Principles during 2018.

Skanska supports the rights of all people as described in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the UN, and in the conventions of the International Labor Organization.

Skanska is also committed to the World Economic Forum's Partnering Against Corruption Initiative, of which Skanska is a founding member.

Skanska is an active participant in international sustainability initiatives, including United Nations Global Compact Network; the International Chambers of Commerce; World Green Building Council; World Business Council for Sustainable Development; ChemSec, which works to reduce hazardous chemicals; and Catalyst, which promotes women in the workplace.

Green Building Councils (GBCs)

We support national Green Building Councils, which are part of the World Green Building Councils network, in our home markets. GBC members typically represent all built environment stakeholders within their country. While their objectives may differ, the mission of all GBCs is to drive market transformation of the building industry through member consensus and cooperation.

Skanska supports the following GBCs

Skanska Group Environmental Policy Statement

Skanska has a strong commitment towards a more sustainable future, based on the belief that project development and construction can make a major contribution to a more sustainable society.