Supply Chain School

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”The Supply Chain Sustainability School aligns to our Business Unit purpose and 2020 strategy.It has gone from strength to strength in its first three years and is now the UK’s leading supplier engagement sustainability tool. It promotes sustainable business through long-term thinking, environmental consciousness, social and ethical responsibility”
Dale Turner, Director of Procurement and Supply Chain, Skanska UK

About Skanska

Skanska, established in 1887, is one of the world’s leading project development and construction groups. The UK operation is one of the country’s top contractors. 

In the UK, Skanska is famous for building iconic structures like 30 St Mary Axe (the Gherkin), Heron Tower, Barts and The Royal London hospitals and the QEII Bridge. Just as important are our extensive service-based contracts: upgrading London’s gas infrastructure, a wealth of facilities maintenance contracts, long-term street lighting projects, and landscaping for the London 2012 Olympic Park in Stratford. 

Why have we joined the School?

We are a responsible company whom strives to meet the needs of the world today without jeopardizing the needs of the world tomorrow. We try to plan ahead and we do our best to address the opportunities and challenges that are, or could be, linked to our activities.
Skanska has adopted four company values: Care for Life; Act Ethically & Transparently; Be Better – Together; and Commit to Customers. These values are intended to express who we are, how we behave and what we believe in, and to help us in our day-to-day work.

As the founding member, Skanska committed to the Supply Chain Sustainability School as part of its Business plan in 2010. We recognised that to be a Sustainable company we need to have a sustainable supply chain. The Supply Chain Sustainability School was formed in 2012 and helps develop our supply chain to meet future Sustainability aspirations and also learn from our supply chain where they are already mature in their own journey.

Supply Chain Excellence

 Skanska works hand-in-hand with thousands of suppliers every day. Whether it’s a hospital in Walsall, a motorway around London or replacing gas pipes in Essex, the company uses the latest ideas, skills and equipment to deliver the best solutions possible.

To do this, we need to have a supply chain that is second to none. It’s our responsibility to help our suppliers stay safe, be greener and become more efficient in everything they do. And by working in this way with some fantastic companies, we are able to deliver world-class projects safely, on time and within budget. 

 To be a leader, we must create shareholder value in a responsible way and contribute positively to society. Profit is needed to deliver our purpose; and a strong purpose will contribute to our profit. 

“In the UK we spend more than £1.2billion per year (around 80% of our revenue) with our supply chain of over 5,500 suppliers and subcontractors. Appropriate engagement and integration of a sustainable supply chain helps us to manage risks and opportunities and deliver successful projects – contributing to our purpose to build for a better society”.

Mike Putnam, President and CEO, Skanska UK

Skanska have recognised that building a sustainable supply chain needs to be embedded in all areas of their business, and have recently joined the FM School as partners. 

“Sustainability is at the core of our values in Skanska and nowhere is it more critical than in the FM sector. It is the actions by all of us every day that can really make the difference in improving the triple bottom line of sustainability and that is what FM is all about, day-in, day-out living and breathing our buildings and infrastructure environments. Key to this, is ensuring sustainability is embedded in our supply chain. Through all of us working together to push the boundaries of sustainability we can truly make a difference to the environments in which we live and work"

Kate Dowding, Managing Director - Skanska Facilities Services