CSR & Sustainability

CSR & Sustainability

Driving prosperity through transport solutions requires us to create value for the Volvo Group, our stakeholders and society at large. The Volvo Group's approach to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and sustainability are important parts for succeeding. The CSR and Sustainability approach is divided into three parts: our value chain activities, sustainable transport solutions and our role in society. By focusing on these three areas we build resilience and mitigate risk through embedding CSR and sustainability into daily work.

As a signatory of the United Nations (UN) Global Compact, partner in the WWF Climate Savers program, and supporter of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, we consider global trends and challenges, international norms of responsible business behavior and stakeholder expectations when developing our work.

 The Volvo Group Annual and Sustainability Report 2016 (pdf, 8.9 MB)

Volvo Group CSR & Sustainability news

Our value chain activities

Our value chain activities

Volvo Group takes a life cycle approach to develop, produce and deliver products and services responsibly and sustainably (read more about our environmental work). Looking at our value chain through a customer lens supports our work towards our strategic objectives. To succeed, customer focus needs to be part of every decision. In product development this means developing the right products and services at the right time.

In production the focus is on a cost efficient process with high product and service quality. For our purchasing people, customer focus translates into securing supplies through long-term relationships and a selection process based on quality, price and responsible behavior. Read more on the Volvo Group Supplier Portal. For our distribution and service networks, availability and customer uptime need to be prioritized and secured.

By actively integrating CSR and sustainability into our policies and guidelines helps us minimize risk, protect our reputation, and attract high-performing talent.

Every employee in the Volvo Group is responsible to follow the principles in our Code of Conduct, which details the Group’s minimum requirements on business ethics, human rights and social justice, and environmental responsibility.

Towards sustainable transport

Towards sustainable transport

Fuel efficiency, uptime and productivity are key aspects in our development process as they greatly impact customers’ profitability. Other areas relate to safety, driver environment and how products and services contribute to complete transport solutions. For future transport solutions we prioritize automation, connectivity, electromobility and alternative fuels as key enablers since we believe they will change today’s transport industry. Read more on the R&D and Innovations page.

We partner with leading public and private sector stakeholders and collaborate with globally respected organizations to push ourselves, our sector, and society in a more sustainable direction. We have co-chaired the United Nations High Level Advisory Group on sustainable transport. We also play an active role in numerous local, regional and cross-border governmental initiatives to assess the viability of sustainable transport systems. And we work closely with policy makers to ensure infrastructure supports our innovative solutions.

Our role in society

Our role in society

Transports drive growth, growth drives our customers’ business and our customers’ business drives our business. For the Volvo Group it is important to influence growth towards a sustainable society.  We create economic value for our company and shareholders by delivering efficient and world-class transport and infrastructure solutions that meet the needs of our customers. We remain competitive, sustainable and profitable by investing in the Group’s employees. We create societal value by actively engaging in the communities where we live and operate.

The Volvo Group has societal engagement programs based on the creating shared value principle. The programs drive strategic and smart initiatives, where societal and business needs meet our unique assets and expertise, in order to maximize the value created for all our stakeholders. We also have a disaster relief fund, to provide immediate support to catastrophes where our help is needed.

Code of Conduct & other policies

At the core of what we do

Our Code of Conduct

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