Good health and well-being
We have the ability to influence United Nations' Global Goal 3, which is about ensuring healthy lives and well-being for anyone working with Skanska. Discover how we contribute to this goal.
The UN Global Goal 3: Good health and well-being, links to our sustainability focus areas Health and Safety. We are engaged in several activities to help contribute to this SDG.
Health and safety
Ensuring people’s health and safety is an ongoing challenge for the construction industry. Skanska aspires to achieve an injury-free environment for all employees and workers, including subcontractors, and anyone who may be affected by our work. This commitment goes beyond safety to also include responsibility for those people’s health and well-being. This includes reducing long-term health-hazards, such as noise, dust and poor ergonomics, as well as addressing stress and mental health.
Examples of activities
Driving higher standards
Skanska´s Group Health and Safety Standards are more stringent than local regulations in several countries. These apply across Skanska and are important to raising the safety performance of the Group and the supply chain. The Health and Safety Standards cover aspects that include training, incident management, risk assessment and instructions about personal protective equipment. The Group continuously strives for higher industry standards by involving competitors and partners.
Encouraging mental health, within Skanska and beyond
Skanska is increasing the Group’s focus on mental health as an important aspect of employee well-being, as mental health affects safety, health and people’s long-term performance. In the UK, Skanska has been a leader on this topic, since 2015 having a mental health program. This has led to such initiatives as having 315 mental health ambassadors to help guide other employees on mental health issues, and mental health awareness days. Also, by 2020, all line managers are to have mental health training. An aim is to make it as natural to talk about mental health as it is to discuss any other illness.
In 2018, workshops were launched to share Skanska UK’s journey around mental well-being with supply chain partners. Learnings from this can be used to help supply chain partners create their own program or enhance their current offering. More than 100 people attended these sessions in 2018, representing both small and large companies.