Skanska Included in Fortune’s “Change the World” List

Fortune magazine has included Skanska in its annual “Change the World” list of companies that are pursuing socially or environmentally sustainable practices and initiatives through their core business strategy.

At our Browns Point Elementary project in Tacoma, Washington, Jacob walked by each day with a “thank you” sign to show his appreciation to our team. To thank him, we made Jacob an honorary superintendent for the day.
The safety of our people comes first. On every jobsite each day, our teams take part in Stretch and Flex to warm up muscles, improve balance and help prevent soft tissue injuries.
Our Bank of America Tower in Houston, Texas has earned LEED v4 Platinum certification, making it the largest such project in the world and the most sustainable office tower in Houston. Shown here is the green roof, Skypark.
Our Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia will be a fully certified Living Building Challenge v3.1 facility. In constructing the project’s floor decking, we partnered with the non-profit Life Cycle Building Center to gather salvaged wood and hired individuals from the non-profit GA Works, which provides previously unemployed or homeless people with work opportunities.
Building sustainable projects is in our DNA. The Exposition Phase 2 Light Rail project in Los Angeles, California was the first Envision Platinum certified transit project in the U.S.

Fortune, a multinational business magazine, has ranked Skanska #20 on their global list of 52 companies that includes Apple, Patagonia, Philips and JPMorgan Chase.

This is our first year on the global “Change the World” list, which began in 2015. In selecting us, Fortune cited our work upholding “strict standards for environmental sustainability spelled out in the Paris Agreement climate accord” and highlighted our LaGuardia Airport Terminal B redevelopment project in New York City as an example of our efforts to go beyond green in construction.

Fortune recognized companies for the “Change the World” list based on four factors:

  • Measurable social impact—the impact a company has on specific societal problems
  • Business results—how the impactful work contributes to shareholder value
  • Degree of innovation—how innovative the company’s effort is compared to competitors
  • Corporate integration—how integral the work is to the company’s overall strategy

Throughout the week, we will be sharing Skanska projects and initiatives in the U.S. that support these four factors on our social media channels. Join the conversation on our LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

The magazine partnered with the Shared Value Initiative, a global community for organizations seeking business solutions to social challenges, and FSG, a nonprofit social-impact consulting firm, to create the list.

Validating our contributions to a more sustainable society

“Building for a better society is fundamental to who we are at Skanska, and this prestigious recognition helps validate the important contributions we are making,” says Skanska’s global CEO Anders Danielsson. “I am proud of the role of all Skanska colleagues in making it possible for Skanska to deliver on our purpose every day, enabling us to better support our customers, our communities and our shareholders.”

Lena Hök, Skanska’s global senior vice president of sustainability agrees. “Making Fortune’s ‘Change the World’ list is a great achievement. We’re able to achieve such recognition thanks to colleagues’ great engagement and dedicated work within all five of our sustainability focus areas, which tie directly into our business. Of course, what is most important is that we strive every day for good sustainable impact. For that, I am utterly thankful for the great commitment to our values and sustainability ambitions I see all around at Skanska. At the end of the day, it is what we do and the impacts we have on the society and communities we work in that counts.”

See what other companies made the list

You can view Fortune’s entire “Change the World” list here.

Last updated: 8/20/2019