Sustainability timeline

Since the late 1990s, we have been exploring and defining how we can, within our direct sphere of influence, contribute to a more sustainable world.


  • We launch our first Green Corporate Bond.
  • Skanska co-chaired UNEP-SBCI's Greening the Building Supply Chain taskforce.
  • World's most northerly energy-plus renovated office – Powerhouse Kørbo, Norway.


  • Skanska co-sponsored the WBCSD report The Business Case for Green Building.
  • We are again ranked #1 in our sector in the Nordics and first time #1 company in Sweden all sectors.
  • Awarded the FT Arcelor –Mittal Boldness in Business Awards: Corporate Responsibility/Environment.
  • NGO HQ, The Open Garden, includes the first passive house office building in the Czech Republic.
  • Väla Gård, Sweden's first Deep Green project receives 95 points out of 110 in LEED, highest score in Europe to date.
  • Brent Civic Centre in UK is the first public building to achieve BREEAM Outstanding.


  • UN Global Compact accepts our 2011 “Communication on Progress” and grants “GC Active” status.
  • Skanska retains FTS4Good Social responsibility Index place.
  • Skanska co-authors the ENCORD Construction CO2e Measurement Protocol.
  • World firs – Järva Gård and Å-kvarteren Swedish highway projects certified to CEEQUAL International.
  • Hollywood House in UK, 50% less energy than before refurbishment – LEED Platinum office.
  • Coldharbour Lane, fist in the UK to use Skanska’s ModernaHus concept.
  • M25 in UK, set new standards for highway projects. Realized significant environmental and financial savings.
  • Skanska House in Finland used pioneering 4D Building Information Modeling (BIM) to plan the construction.
  • Green Towers, first project in Poland to receive LEED Platinum pre-certification.


  • Skanska maintains FTSE4Good Social Responsibility Index place.
  • Skanska UK overall winner – Sunday Times Best Green Companies Award.
  • Only construction company in the Nordic Carbon Disclosure Project, 2nd year running.
  • Bertschi School is net zero energy and net zero water usage – certified to Living Building Challenge assessment.
  • Österport in Malmö is the first in Europe certified to LEED Platinum, EBOM.
  • Skanska Czech Republic first in the country certified to BS EN 16001 energy management standard.
  • CIPS, Supply Management Awards – Best Contribution to Corporate Responsibility.
  • We build one of the first Czech passive apartment blocks, Milicov Grove.


  • Skanska retained place in the FTSE4Good social responsibility index.
  • Skanska UK ranked 2nd overall in Sunday Times Best Green Companies Award.
  • U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership Award.
  • Carbon Disclosure Project: Top 10 in the Nordics and #1 in our sector.
  • New Meadowland Stadium in New Jersey – one of the Greenest sporting venues in USA.
  • Skanska builds Blå Jungfrun apartments in Stockholm to be twice as energy efficient as a conventional building.


  • The United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) adopted our “Energy Efficiency in Buildings for Facility Managers” guide.
  • Co-developed Copenhagen Communique for COP15 with Price of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group on Climate change.
  • Skanska a founding partner for Polish, Czech and Swedish Green Building Councils.
  • Ethix ranks Skanska 1st in sector – Nordic Six Star SRI study.
  • A McDonald’s restaurant in North Caroline goes Green – one of the first LEED certified in USA.
  • Lindhagensterassen apartment block, Sweden, pioneered solar panels for electric vehicle charging.


  • Skanska CDN becomes an EU GreenBuilding Partner. HP3 in Stockholm is registered EU Green Building.
  • Update Code of Conduct.
  • El Totorial Wind Farm generates 100 GWh of energy – largest in Chile on completion.
  • One Kingdom Street is first UK commercial building with full embodied carbon footprint calculation.
  • Refurbishes floor 32 of Empire State Building to LEED Platinum (CI) – first in New York City.


  • 70% of Business Units operates to Health &Safety system OHSAS 18001.
  • Skanska ranks #1 in Engineering News-Record’s first ever Top Green Contractors.
  • Sustainable Contractor of the year in the UK.
  • Skanska has designed and constructed the first Nordic Swan Eco-labeled house in the Nordic countries.
  • Corona Maintenance Shop & Car Wash in New York is the first LEED certified Maintenance Facility.


  • In the Czech Republic Skanska built the first non-residential passive energy building founded by the EU.
  • All Skanska operations are updated to ISO 14001:2004 certified status.
  • Dow Jones lists Skanska in their DJSI.
  • Skanska Sweden sets the maximum Carbon dioxide/km limit for new cars at 120g.
  • Skanska is listed on the FTSE4Good social responsibility index.
  • Skanska becomes signatory to the European Union’s Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade Initiative.
  • Skanska continues its support of the development of ISO 26000.
  • 60 LEEF Accredited Professionals.
  • The United Nations House in Norway was renovated as an environmentally responsible building.
  • Providence Newberg Medical Center in Oregon becomes the first LEED Gold certified hospital.


  • Skanska Latin America attains certification/registration according to Social Accountability 8000.
  • Skanska Residential Development Nordic is certified to use the Nordic Swan Eco-label.
  • Dow Jones lists Skanska in their DJSI.
  • Skanska is listed on the FTSE4Good social responsibility index.
  • The Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations was launched, listing Skanska as its sole construction representative.
  • 30 LEED Accredited Professionals.
  • Boston Logan International Airport, Terminal A becomes the first LEED Certified airport terminal.


  • Skanska USA has several LEED Accredited Professionals and 10 LEED projects.
  • Skanska joins World Economic Forum’s Partnering Against Corruption Initiative.
  • Skanska established the 4 Zeros: Zero Accidents, Zero Environmental Incidents, Zero Ethical Breaches, and Zero loss-makers
  • Skanska is listed on the FTSE4Good social responsibility index.
  • Dow Jones lists Skanska in their DJSI.
  • Skanska participate and actively supports the adaptation of the tenth principle of the UN Global Compact – anti corruption.
  • Close to 65% of operations use an ISO 9001:2000 management system.


  • A health and safety program at Skanska UK resulted in an OHSAS 18001 certification.
  • Skanska is listed on the FTSE4 Good social responsibility index.
  • Dow Jones lists Skanska in their DJSI.
  • Completed London’s iconic “green” office building, the Swiss Reinsurance headquarters.
  • The 2003 Environmental Prize for Construction is awarded to the Gillette Stadium in Massachusetts.
  • Met Office UK awarded 2004 National Award of the Considerate Contractors Award Scheme.


  • Skanska is among the Founding Committee members of the Disaster Resource Network.
  • Skanska publish its first Sustainability Report.
  • Skanska implements its Code of Conduct.


  • Skanska is one of several hundred companies to join the UN Global Compact.
  • Skanska in the USA completes its first LEED Silver project, the EPA National Computer Center.


  • Skanska Sweden introduces it first environmental policy for cars.
  • Skanska becomes a member of the U.S. Green Building Council.
  • Skanska construct the Ray& Maria Stata Center at MIT as an environmental responsible building.


  • Dow Jones lists Skanska in their DJSI.


  • Several more units become ISO 14001:1996 certified.


  • Skanska published its first Environmental Report.
  • Several units become ISO 9001:1994 & ISO 14001:1996 certified.


  • Skanska’s first business unit is ISO 14001:1996 certified.


  • Skanska joins the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).