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Human rights management

Scania is committed to respect human rights in our operations and in our value chain in line with the UN’s Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Scania’s Human Rights Policy is complemented by related policies such as the Employment policy the Scania Code of Conduct and the Supplier Code of Conduct.

  • Directly or indirectly, Scania affects what happens to employees, workers in the value chain, customers, local communities and more. We realise the importance of managing impacts proactively.
  • We are convinced that the positive social impact of Scania’s operations and products opens up new opportunities for Scania.

Salient Human Rights Issues

The illustration maps our five key human rights priorities, together with the connected salient issues. We recognise our responsibility to address these issues across our entire value chain.

During 2021, in consultation with our employees and business partners Scania identified the Salient Human Rights Issues, the areas where we have the greatest impact on human rights, and where we have an opportunity to effect positive change. This include issues which have been firmly rooted in Scania’s core values and operations for decades, such as a commitment to safety and health and high standards for rights at work, social dialogue and diversity and inclusion. Scania addresses the salient issues either through topic specific efforts primarily in the areas related to employment, or management systems with the purpose of managing human rights risk.

Scania actively develops a companywide approach through integration of human rights management into key processes and to our general due diligence program. During 2021, Scania launched a human rights e-learning, available for all Scania employees, with focus on education within the concept of human rights, as well as Scania’s impacts and responsibilities in the area. 

Human rights risk assessment

We at Scania know that some of our biggest human and labour rights risks are to be found in our supply chain. Scania sources materials, parts and other resources from around 1,000 direct and more than 10,000 indirect suppliers around the world. We are committed to assess and mitigate human rights risk throughout our supply chain. We insist that our suppliers meet the highest standards and act in full accordance with our policies and guidelines concerning human and labour rights in their respective supply chain.  Read more on our work within the supply chain.


All entities within Scania were reviewed from a human rights risk perspective during 2021. Scania works with further development of an established approach for human rights risk assessment. In the area of working conditions, Scania has rolled out a global group policy that regulates minimum standards, such as working hours, weekly rest periods, vacation and sick leave for all employees. The policy also contains requirements for recruitment as well as for termination of employment.


Working with our partners in the Volkswagen Group, we have developed a group-wide approach that increases our leverage and ensures greater transparency on human rights challenges. Read more about our joint management with the VW Group under Sustainable supply chain.



Human rights policy

We recognise our responsibility to respect human rights and our responsibility to remediate if we have caused or contributed to violations of human rights – ensuring victims access to remedy. We also believe that we have a possibility to contribute to positive human rights impact. 


Scania is actively developing our company-wide approach to human rights risk and human rights due diligence, through integration of human rights management into key processes and to our due diligence program. 

Scania is part of TRATON GROUP. Please find the TRATON GROUP Policy statement on Human Rights here.



Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement

Scania is part of TRATON Group and we have a common group Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement. This statement is made in accordance with Section 54 of the United Kingdom’s Modern Slavery act of 2015 and sets out the steps Scania CV AB and all companies included in the Scania Group have taken to address all forms of modern slavery and human trafficking both inside and outside the company.