CSR & Sustainability

UN Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) outlines the world’s common agenda for 2030. 
We are committed to all 17 goals, as they all have some connection to our business.

Several topics, such as gender equality and fighting corruption are universal for all enterprises.
Beyond these universal responsibilities, we focus on the goals where our business activities can have the biggest impact.

Within the frame of the UN Global Compact we have worked in collaboration with a range of associations over the years to drive change. Collaboration is key to gain knowledge, build capacity and broadened understanding for the implementation of sustainable business.

Launched in 2015, the SDGs provide a clear direction.
Here are a few examples on the main activities we develop to make an impact.

UN SDG 3 - Good Health and Wellbeing

UN SDG 3 – Good health and wellbeing

Our work on health, safety and wellbeing is directly impacting Goal 3, especially target 3.6 – Halving the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents.

The safety work includes all road users, both inside and outside our vehicles. The ART’s work focuses on improving both active and passive safety for Volvo Group’s trucks. Research into passive safety is designed to minimize the consequences of any accident, and active safety means avoiding accidents. Read more:

UN SDG 8 – Decent work and economic growth

UN SDG 8 – Decent work and economic growth

Safety and health at work begins in our own operations with direct impact on Goal 8, and especially target 8.8 – to promote safe and secure work environments. Our work on Health and Safety is built on the belief that accidents, near misses and work-related illness can be prevented. Read more:

UN SDG 4 - Quality education

UN SDG 4 – Quality education

Education and development empowers us to drive prosperity and our impact is especially strong for target 4.3 – Equal access to affordable technical vocational and higher education.

We work to build capacity for the future. The Volvo Group stimulates individual development and training for our employees. In addition, we support vocational training in many places around the world. This empowers people to develop skills and life-long learning and increase employment opportunities. Read more:

UN SDG 9 – Industry, innovation and infrastructure

UN SDG 9 – Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Our industry is driven by innovation and infrastructure development and target 9.4 – Upgrading infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and focusing on cutting CO2 per value added, is especially relevant for the Volvo Group. Read more:

UN SDG 11 - Sustainable cities and communities

UN SDG 11 – Sustainable cities and communities

The goal of sustainable cities and communities is a significant business driver for the industry and especially target 11.2 – Providing access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems by 2030, notably by expanding public transport. In this work, the Volvo Group contributes by developing and expanding safe and sustainable transport and infrastructure solutions. Read more:

UN SDG 12 – Responsible consumption and production

UN SDG 12 – Responsible consumption and production

Management and efficient use of natural resources are included in UN Goals 7 and 12, where fuel efficiency is an important factor of target 7.3 – Doubling the rate of energy efficiency. Target 12.2 highlights sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources.

The Volvo Group seeks to increase resource efficiency through both fuel efficiency, remanufacturing and material efficiency. Read more:

UN SDG 13 – Climate action

UN SDG 13 – Climate action

Climate impact cuts through many of the SDGs, from energy and resource efficiency, to sustainable transport systems and reducing ocean acidification by avoiding greenhouse gas emissions. Target 13.3 sums it up concretely – Increasing awareness and capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation and impact reduction.

Our work is focuses on fuel and energy efficiency, alternative fuels and electrification. These are also some of the most important drivers of our industry today. Read more:

Our work to support sustainable development goes back decades. We have been issuing sustainability reports since the 1990s, and we entered into the UN Global Compact in 2001. We base our work on international conventions and standards such as the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, the International Bill of Human Rights and the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. In 2010 Volvo Group was the first company in the automotive sector to join the WWF Climate Savers program. In 2015, all United Nations’ member states adopted one common agenda for 2030. These are called the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Since the 1990s, increasing desire and demand to conduct business in a sustainable manner have shaped our company. We have made sustainability our business and we use it to contribute to the UN Global Goals.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

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UN Sustainable Development Goals