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Sustainability

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Sustainability

Caring for the environment and playing an active, responsible role in society have always been important to us. We firmly believe that for a sustainability initiative to be meaningful, it must be environmentally and socially beneficial as well as economically viable.

To us, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is all about minimizing the environmental impact of our operations, working to develop energy- and fuel-efficient products and being responsible members of our society.

We are part of the problem – but we are also a part of the solution.

Pehr G Gyllenhammar

1972, United Nations Conference on the Human Environment
Sustainable development goals

At Volvo Group, we have reviewed the seventeen sustainable development goals established by the United Nations. The areas we have decided to focus on are those that are most relevant to our business, where we can make a real difference.

  • Good health and wellbeing (no. 3)
  • Industry, innovation and infrastructure (no. 9)
  • Sustainable cities and communities (no. 11)
  • Climate action (no. 13)

Our approach

Responsible behavior

Responsibility and sustainability are embedded across all our operations and in our corporate culture, values, code of conduct, policies and training. Every employee is expected to adhere to this.

Shared value

By working with cultural values and investing in skills development, safety programs and environmental sustainability, we help move society forward while securing business opportunities for the future.

Sustainable transport

Delivering sustainable transport and infrastructure solutions are the ultimate goals of our sustainability commitment. We can accomplish this through leadership, research and innovation and with product development driven by quality, safety and environmental care.

Environmental care

We have a holistic approach to environmental care addressing continuous improvements within the total enterprise, all the way from product planning and development, manufacturing and supply, and product use to recyclability and end-of-life for the products.

Our focus is always on minimizing our global footprint, specifically when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions and the materials we use. 

Environmental policy (PDF, 81.3KB)

Some of OUR SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVES

Construction Climate Challenge

The Construction Climate Challenge (CCC) is an initiative we host. Its purpose is to provide a neutral platform for all the construction industry's stakeholders to collaborate, build competence and share knowledge on the subject of climate change. In recent years, these global events have brought together customers, policy makers, NGOs and researchers.

Construction Climate Challenge
WWF Climate Savers

We are taking an active role in tackling climate change. The company has been a member of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Climate Savers program since 2012, joining the Volvo Group in promoting environmental awareness, developing efficient new technologies and encouraging sustainable development.

WWF Climate Savers
Technician training in Africa

Volvo Group has teamed up with Sida (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency), UNIDO and USAID to help local dealers and manufacturers in three countries in Africa — while at the same time empowering local young people. Volvo CE contributes to the program by providing equipment, training materials, teacher education, on-going curriculum development and apprenticeship opportunities for students since 2013.

The CO2 neutral production plant

In December 2013, our Braås facility completed its journey towards becoming carbon neutral. The 45,000 m2 site in southern Sweden, which specializes in the design and manufacture of articulated haulers, is now powered entirely by renewable energy sources.

Electric Site project

The aim with the electric site project is to electrify a quarry, prove the potential to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 95%, while reducing total cost of ownership by up to 25%. The Swedish construction company Skanska is our co-partner in this project, which is partly funded by the Swedish Energy Agency. Achieving such ambitious objectives will require new technologies like electric drivelines as well as autonomous and connected machines.

Read the story in Spirit Magazine
World Green Building Council

Working in partnership with the WorldGBC, Volvo CE will help to influence decision-making and develop future strategies, specifically in the area of infrastructure. The WorldGBC is a global organization that aims to influence and support environmentally-friendly building methods.

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