Mapping what matters
In recognition of our changing business environment, as well as our commitment to sustainability and responsibility, Scania conducts a materiality analysis. This is done to understand where our biggest impacts are and what the most important areas for our stakeholders are, to improve how we do business
Understanding what’s important
Scania’s materiality analysis is part of the company’s strategic work and continuous improvement philosophy. We continuously engage with our stakeholders, including our partners, suppliers and customers, to understand our impact and to find out what they believe are the most important subjects facing the transport industry as a whole and Scania as a company. Stakeholder engagement is conducted on an overarching level through the yearly strategy process, through strategic partnerships, as well as within our strategy roadmaps and certain areas such as human rights salience review and the environmental management system. Scania’s approach to materiality is based on three areas: impact, risk and science. Material areas or issues for Scania are therefore always based on where and how big our impacts are, where the risk for negative impacts lays and how it can be mitigated. Our assessments are to the greatest extent possible externally validated and based on the latest science.
Different steps have been taken each year to further improve our analyses and understanding. During 2020 Scania’s new strategy was rolled out, where sustainability is placed at the core of the business strategy. Prioritised areas are decarbonisation, circular business and people sustainability. Development within these areas are followed up in dialogue with stakeholders. The prioritised areas are approved by management through the yearly strategy process.
2021 and 2022 the strategy has been further tested and developed together with stakeholders on different levels in the company as well as externally.
The latest findings show that while the topics that for some years now have been part of Scania’s material areas still are valid we can see that the agenda is shaped by global influences such as the Agenda 2030, push for more transparency, life cycle impact, due diligence and introduction of more legislation. These different trends are impacting on our ways of working within each area. We can also see new and emerging areas that will need to be integrated in ongoing processes and ways of working.
This year’s exercise show that our focus areas are in line with our stakeholders’ expectations. The division below is based on our strategic focus areas.
Scania's material areas:
People sustainability: human rights, diversity and inclusion, responsible sourcing, business ethics.
Environment and decarbonisation: sustainable transport, emissions and resource efficiency along the value chain (water, energy, waste.
Value chain and circular business: Supply and value chain emissions, Business development, Innovation and Partnerships.
Emerging areas that we see are gaining importance and influencing the above areas is the social effects of sustainable transport, just transition, sustainability due diligence, climate risk and biodiversity.
The highlighted areas can be found throughout our annual and sustainability report and on our webpage, where we describe our actions and ways of working to meet our stakeholders’ expectations.
Scania will continue to develop the process for materiality analyses during the coming years, to further integrate it into regular interactions with stakeholders to be able to tap into their expectations on a more continuous and structured basis. The materiality analyses will also be further integrated and connected with Scania’s strategy and risk process as well as the connection to financial materiality will be expanded. The conclusions we draw from these interactions will guide our priorities, not only in the sustainability area, but more importantly, in our business plans and strategic direction.