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.
From 2016 all major investments in our industrial and commercial operations will be assessed using sustainability criteria. Before any investment decision, factors such as energy and carbon savings are taken into account and a full picture is presented to the decision-making groups.
Scania has identified six responsible business areas.
Resource and energy efficient operations
Reducing our environmental impact is a key component of Scania’s sustainability work. Scania uses resources as efficiently as possible in our operations. We are certified according to ISO14001 and continuously improve the environmental performance of our products, processes and services. Business demands and other requirements form the basis for improvement, where fulfilment of legislation is fundamental. Scania’s environmental work is proactive, based on a life-cycle perspective and the principle of precaution.
Diversity and inclusion
Scania is committed to diversity and inclusion, and aims to have a diverse workforce in terms of gender, age, background, ideas and experience. Diversity and Inclusion at Scania is about continuously developing our corporate culture and thereby capturing the diversity of skills, know-how and perspectives of our most valuable asset – our employees. The right mix of competence will be a prerequisite for Scania to continue taking the lead in sustainable transport. Scania has a global diversity plan which is broken down into local action plans to make sure that this remains a focus throughout the organisation.
Health and safety
One of Scania’s six core values is ‘respect for the individual’, meaning the individual stands at the centre in everything we do. Our greatest asset is our employees. Ensuring a safe and healthy workforce is our top priority. Scania strives to achieve a sustainable psychosocial workplace and a balanced work environment. The Scania Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) standard provides the guidelines, structure and follow-up for how we address workplace issues such as safety equipment, the handling of chemicals, mental and social well-being, crisis support and road safety.
Human and labour rights
Our responsibilities entail ensuring the observance of human and labour rights in all relationships and situations involving Scania. We identify where risks are greatest and work along our value chain to minimise them. We encourage our partners to constantly improve their performance in this 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. Scania is cooperating on sustainable procurement practices through the DRIVE initiative, a partnership between the world’s largest automakers. We have also published a slavery and human trafficking statement that applies to our global operation and have endorsed The Global Deal declaration, which promotes social dialogue, effective industrial relations and decent working conditions around the world.
Scania has zero tolerance for corruption, bribery and all types of harassment, and the first priority is to ensure the company is in compliance with all relevant laws and regulations wherever Scania does business. As a signatory to the UN Global Compact, Scania adheres to its ten principles, including anti-corruption. Scania works with a range of strategies to ensure integration into all parts of the operation. To support and engage employees around potential ethical dilemmas, Scania provides a tailormade e-learning around a range of possible business scenarios, described in the employee guide, ‘Doing things right’. By the end 2017 Scania implemented a new code of conduct which encompasses a broad array of ethical issues. In 2018 the organisation will be given training on the code.
Wherever we operate in the world, our engagement in the community is a great contribution but also a task that carries great responsibility with it. We need to focus our efforts on where we have the right skills and capabilities so that we can make a long-term commitment. A global sponsoring and community engagement framework was developed in 2017 to further support our business on what, how and where we provide sponsoring and support on a local basis.