Scania’s approach to sustainability is firmly rooted in our core values and our way of working. We strive to ensure that our business is sustainable in all aspects and that at every stage we are complying with the highest social, ethical and environmental standards.
Conducting a responsible business is a key priority for Scania, from our supply chain, to our production system, how we interact at the workplace and towards our business partners as well as our role in the communities where we operate.
Guided by the core values, Scania closely reviews the strategic direction so as to reduce our environmental footprint and ensure adherence to ethical principles. Scania promotes clarity and simplicity in governance for sustainability and ethics. Every manager shall ensure that our sustainability agenda are understood and acted upon in every unit. Because of the cross-functional nature of sustainability issues, the Sustainability Advisory Board has been set up to prepare decisions and coordinate efforts across the organisation.
Scania has identified six responsible business areas.
Proactively reducing our environmental footprint by being resource and energy-efficient is central to Scania’s daily operations. Our efforts are based on the precautionary principle and the lifecycle perspective aiming to contribute to a circular economy. Our core value ‘elimination of waste’ guides us in our work to continuously improve our processes in areas such as CO2 emissions, energy, waste and water. We have set two strong CO2 reduction targets that apply to the whole company, both of which are in line with what science tells us is necessary to curb global warming. By 2025, Scania aims to achieve a 50 percent CO2 reduction in both our industrial and commercial operations compared to 2015, and a 50 percent reduction in CO2 emissions from our land transport with 2016 as a baseline.
We are certified according to ISO 14001 and continuously improve the environmental performance of our products, processes and services.
Diversity and inclusion
At Scania, we strive to have a diverse organisation in terms of gender, age, background and experience. An inclusive culture, giving everyone the same opportunities, is essential to our success. Our Skill Capture programme is designed to broaden the scope of diversity to address all the ways that we are diverse, gender and cultural diversity as well as personality and
experience. The right mix of skills, in combination with a working environment enabling everyone to fully participate, will be a prerequisite for Scania to continue taking the lead in sustainable transport. Diversity and inclusion at Scania is about continuously developing our corporate culture, forming our strategy in the area by using the collective intelligence of the Scania organisation.
Health and safety
One of Scania’s six core values is “Respect for the individual”, which means that the individual is at the centre of everything we do. Ensuring a safe and healthy workforce is our highest priority. Scania strives to achieve a sustainable workplace and a good working environment from both psychosocial and physical aspects. Our appointed Safety and Health Lead-Team is responsible for Scania’s continued high priority of safety and health by defining a future desired state and by following up on management of the
work environment. The standard Scania Safety, Health and Environment (SHE-standard) contains guidelines, structure and follow-up for managing workplace challenges such as safety equipment, chemical handling, mental and social well-being, crisis support and road safety. Parallel to the SHE standard, global methods in the field of work environment are implemented such as the Work Balance Dialogue, Safety and Behaviour and Safety Rules for Material Handling.
Human and labour rights
Pursuing high standards in the area of human and labour rights is central at Scania. Scania European Committee is our highest labour relations forum, where we continuously inform and consult with our employee representatives globally. Scania has participated in the creation and launch of the Global Deal, a high-level partnership with countries, organisation and businesses, working towards the achievement of the Agenda 2030 with a focus on decent work and reduced inequalities. Further on, we have also published a slavery and human trafficking statement that applies to our global operation. We work along our value chain to further improve our work in the area. We insist that our suppliers meet the highest standards and act in full accordance with our policies and guidelines concerning social responsibility, labour standards and human rights. By conducting sustainability trainings for our suppliers we also make sure that they continuously improve in the area.
Scania has zero tolerance for corruption, bribery and all types of harassment, and our first priority is to ensure the company is in compliance with all relevant laws and regulations wherever we do business. As a signatory to the UN Global Compact, Scania adheres to its ten principles, including anti-corruption. Scania’s new Code of Conduct came into force in 2018 and encompasses a broad array of ethical issues. Scania works with a range of strategies to ensure integration into all parts of the operation. To educate and engage employees around potential ethical dilemmas, Scania provides a tailor-made-e-learning around possible business scenarios. In 2018 the e-learning was complemented by a classroom training, called
the “Dilemma game”, to raise risk awareness and maintain open speak-up culture. Further compliance awareness trainings within the area of business ethics were also conducted on several levels of the organisation. Key topics of the Compliance Program are Anti-corruption, Antitrust and Anti-Money-Laundering.
As a global company, Scania take great responsibility of surrounding communities wherever we do business in the world. Our Sponsorship and Community Engagement initiative is based on the firm belief that we can contribute to building a better society for all by contributing where we have the right skills and capabilities. All engagements are seen as partnerships and are long term commitments. To support us in the right direction and deliver on our desired brand position we have selected four focus areas of engagement: Transport Solutions (partnering with equal-minded partners to provide them with sustainable transport solutions); Education & Skills (securing our long term competence supply of skilled people, through cooperation with schools and colleges); A sustainable society (showing our commitment to society on a global basis, outside of transport); and, The Great Local Player (creating value for our local community and employees).