Reduced inequalities

We have the ability to influence United Nations' Global Goal 10, which is about reducing inequalities. Discover how we contribute to this goal.

The UN Global Goal 10:  Reduced inequalities, links to our sustainability focus areas Ethics. We are engaged in several activities to help contribute to this SDG. 

Our approach

The Group’s business processes include measures to support and drive global human rights standards, local laws and the Skanska Code of Conduct. These include routines to screen subcontractors and subcontractors´ employees.

In 2001 we became a signatory to UN Global Compact Human Rights guiding principles.

Skanska has a large supply chain consisting of suppliers of materials and products, along with contractors performing work on project sites. About 90,000 suppliers work with Skanska each year. The construction industry is mainly local or regional and the contrac­tors stretch from large organizations to one-person businesses.

Skanska has zero tolerance for any form of human traf­ficking or child, forced or compulsory labor, including such practices as the unlawful or illegitimate withholding of wages.

We have a Diversity and Inclusion strategy on a group level and a great focus both from the perspective of Sustainability and Ethics on non-discrimination, inclusion and diversity both in recruitment and at work.

Examples of activities

Skanska takes very seriously any reports of potential breaches of supply chain working conditions, launching investigations immediately. All business units performed specific audits during 2018 to follow up on possible risks of ethical breaches.

The Skanska Supplier Code of Conduct is contractually included in all agreements with suppliers and contractors. New suppliers are trained on the Supplier Code of Conduct. Due diligence processes are utilized for suppliers, intermediaries, joint venture partners, sellers of land and buyers of real assets. The due diligence process covers areas such as supply chain, environment, safety, anti-corruption, competition law and transparency regarding owners and financing, as well as sanctions.

We work close with our subcontractors in relation to wage equality to prevent discrimination on gender or other grounds. We work with our subcontractors locally to ascertain that fair salary is paid out to the workers at our sites and comply with the minimum local wage regulations where applicable. We focus on specific matters such as making sure that the hours worked are within the local regulations and that the hours worked are properly recorded.