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.
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.
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
- United States Green Building Council (USGBC)
- United Kingdom Green Building Council (UKGBC)
- Danish Green Building Council (DkGBC)
- Finish Green Building Council (FiGBC)
- Norwegian Green Building Council (NGBC)
- Swedish Green Building Council (SGBC)
- Czech Green Building Council (CzGBC)
- Hungarian Green Building Council (HuGBC)
- Polish Green Building Council (PlGBC)
- Romanian Green Building Council (RoGBC)
- Slovak Green Building Council (SkGBC)