People Sustainability is about putting people and society at the centre of everything we do. People and society depend on transport. Sustainable transport makes life better for people, strengthens economies and keeps society moving forward.
Driving the shift to sustainable transport requires Scania to undergo one of the biggest transformations in our history. We depend on people to make this transformation happen. Our employees are our most important success factor, and we are committed to engaging them throughout our transition and ensure their voices are heard.
We believe that the shift to sustainable transport must be just and equitable – a transition in which no one is left behind, and everyone stands to benefit. Part of this is about making sure that we do not solve one sustainability challenge only to create new problems elsewhere. For example, while moving to electrified transport is key to achieving a fossil-free transport system, it is not a truly sustainable solution unless we also address its social impacts, including the human rights challenges linked to the mining of raw materials needed to make batteries.
Sustainability work starts with our own employees. In 2020 we implemented the Scania People Perspective, containing minimum standards for all employees globally. We also, in close dialogue with our union colleagues, defined a roadmap including milestones aiming at further improving the work-life for our employees globally.
We believe that the key to being a successful and sustainable company as well as making the transition just in the shift towards a sustainable transport system is social dialogue, and our engagement with the multi-stakeholder partnership Global Deal reflects this belief.
Scania has an impact on a large number of people through our supply chain. We also recognise that important human rights risks are found in our raw material supply chains. Within the Volkswagen Group, we are developing a group-wide approach to assessing and mitigating human rights risks within our supply chain. This includes human rights risks related to sourcing raw materials.
Transparency and cooperation are key for promoting positive change throughout our supply chain and we expect our business partners to take responsibility together with us.
Customers and transport users
Sustainable transport solutions improve life for users and contributes to social development. We are helping our customers address challenges, such as cities and suburbs suffering from the effects of badly-planned transportation systems: air and noise pollution, congestion, road safety and unequal access to transport. We also engage in dialogue with stakeholders to ensure that the transport system evolves in a way that is socially sustainable. One example is our work on fair transport in our logistics network where we work in partnerships to improve working conditions for drivers.
Scania strives to ensure our business has a positive impact in communities around the world where we do business. We operate in countries where protection of human rights is weak, and we understand this requires more of our ability to manage human rights impact through our tools and processes. Wherever we operate in the world, Scania’s and our employees are passionate about making a contribution to society, and we support a number of initiatives in which our employees take part.