For Scania, our core values and abiding commitment to continuous improvement are central to how we operate. We strive to make our business responsible and sustainable by continuously applying the highest social, environmental and ethical standards in every part of our operations and along our value chain.
As a transport solutions provider with around 49,300 employees worldwide and customers in more than 100 countries, Scania impacts society directly and indirectly. To stay successful it is crucial to conduct our business in a responsible manner. That means aiming for sustainability at every step, from our supply chain to our production system, through to the sales process, our customer relationships and the end-of-life phase of the product.
With SEK 7.5 billion invested in research and development, Scania creates value for our customers by meeting their demands for higher uptime and greater efficiency, and creates value for society by supporting a safe and efficient transport system. Taking responsibility for the full value chain also means knowing the impact of the materials that our products are made of. In 2017, Scania has increased its efforts to map and understand the environmental and social impacts of the materials in our products to be able to make informed decisions and minimise the negative impact, focusing on minerals and metals.
In an increasingly transparent marketplace, Scania’s suppliers must meet the same standards we demand of ourselves. With over 1,000 direct and 10,000 indirect suppliers, robust and comprehensive management of sustainability risks is a challenge, but essential. For Scania, sustainability performance influences sourcing decisions alongside technology, quality, delivery and cost. Our Sustainability in the Supply Chain standard sets the environmental, ethical and social demands. With this as a starting point we work with those suppliers in our global supply chain who maintain fair conditions, and in return we benefit from higher supplier quality and productivity, while minimising the negative impact during the lifecycle of our products. A proactive approach to relationships with suppliers and collaboration in sector-wide initiatives are tools that drive positive development across the whole value chain and minimise risks of environmental and human rights issues.
The scale of Scania´s global logistics processes is huge.
Inbound material flows spread all over the world, collecting 25,000 pallets a day from more than 1,000 suppliers in Europe, Asia and Latin America. On the delivery side, our outbound flows move a huge number of trucks, buses, engines, spare parts and components to Scania customers, in more than 100 countries, daily.
With around 400 vehicles produced per day and about 18,000 people working in our production facilities worldwide, clear and robust processes are a necessity for achieving our ambitious targets related to environmental and social aspects. With a strong focus on continuous improvements, our Scania production system helps to eliminate waste, improve resource efficiency and optimise production flow, reducing our environmental impact. Our focus on safety, health and environment (SHE) helps us keep track and gives clear guidance to those working in our production facilities.
With a global sales presence and more than 350 sales per day, our sales staff work with customers to ensure that the vehicles are optimised for their specific transport assignment and to address their environmental and social impact. This sense of responsibility in sales is reflected in our principles and extends throughout the sales network. During 2017 Scania have sharpened our sales tools to further support our customers in pursuing their sustainability targets.
The main environmental impact from the lifecycle of Scania’s products comes from their use, both local and global emissions. From our new product range with a fuel consumption that is on average 5 percent lower than before, through our broad range of efficiency and productivity enhancing services Scania support our customers to perform better with lower environmental impact.
By continuously improving our global sales and services operations and working hand-in-hand with customers, we improve our ability to identify efficiencies and deliver high value-added services.
End of life
Scania aims to continuously reduce non-recyclable components and provide guidelines for end-of-life treatment and dismantling, working in partnership with others, to minimise the impact of our products’ lifecycle. Made mainly out of high recovery value materials like cast iron and steel, our trucks are 95 percent commercially recyclable. Scania is promoting the circular economy with the initiative Service Exchange, which collects roughly 4,200 tonnes of faulty or worn parts from the Scania network that are then remanufactured and sold again.