Sustainability can be defined differently. The best known definition characterises it as follows: “Permanently sustainable development is such development as meets the needs of the present generation without threatening the ability for the future generations to meet their needs."
Attempt at improvement of sustainability of the earth
In 1987 the definition of permanently sustainable development was designated in the so-called Brundtland report (named after the Norwegian physicist and politician Gro Harlem Brundtland, chair of the World Commission for the Environment and Development). Since the end of the 1990s Skanska has been seeking out ways in which its behaviour can contribute to better sustainable development. Since 2002 this undertaking has been part of the common Skanska policy, which includes our Code of Conduct and the vision of "Four Zeros" – zero loss-making projects, zero environmental accidents, zero accidents at the workplace and zero ethical transgressions. Now the vision of "Four Zeros" has been expanded by zero faults to become the vision "Five Zeros".
In 2006 the company Skanska started to use the system GRI for environmental reports. Skanska then developed its own system of reporting which better records that the firm is concentrating not only on economic growth, but also environment and social aspects of its activity, for so-called tripe bottom line).
Complexity of our organisation
The Skanska group is a complex and highly decentralised company. Around 56,000 colleagues and possibly four times as many sub-contractors create around 12,000 projects for our customers. The organisation is constantly developing on the basis of the needs of the individual projects. As a result of this the measuring of the true UR of the company (using traditional methods) is highly complex, if not impossible.
In spite of this, the undertaking that Skanska will contribute to an improvement of sustainable development is non-reversible. The implementation of sustainable principles persists - success or failure is in the hands of us all.