Our new sustainability programme

Sustainability report 2015

As a human-centric car company, we are a brand for people who care about other people and the world in which we live. This is at the core of our business and of our approach to sustainability. Our commitment is about re-thinking sustainability, and goes beyond our operations and our cars, and into society. It makes us think again every time we take decisions that affect the world and the lives of people.

There is a Swedish word that means “caring” and “consideration”, but also importantly “to think again“. This word is “omtanke” and summarises our way of protecting what’s important to you. Omtanke is the name of our new programme of sustainability commitments.

Protecting what’s important to you

Building on protecting what’s important to you, we have structured Omtanke on three impact areas: our impact as a company, the impacts of our products and our role in society.

Our company impacts

Omtanke is about working to minimise the negative impacts of our business and even bringing about positive change through our activities. It involves reducing the environmental impacts from our own operations, as well as promoting the health of people working at Volvo Cars, and ensuring a diverse and inclusive working culture.

The impacts of our products

Omtanke is about protecting you and your world, which we do by managing the impacts of our products. We are developing vehicles with improved lifecycle performance and low-emissions to ensure they have less impact on the planet. We are also continuing to develop industry-leading solutions that further promote customer safety, well-being and sustainable customer experiences.

Our role in society

Omtanke is about contributing towards a better society, and protecting people and our planet, by creating partnerships for sustainable development promoting traffic safety in the car industry together with local and international organisations. It also guides us in our work to encourage responsible business practices throughout our value chain by promoting ethical leadership and human rights.

Responsible business

Code of conduct

Our comprehensive Code of Conduct, which is based on our corporate policies, is our way of ensuring that we conduct business in an ethical and compliant way. The Code applies to everyone within Volvo Cars, as well as consultants and agency personnel working under the direction of Volvo Cars. We also expect that all of our business contacts and commercial partners should be governed by the same or similar principles stipulated in the Code of Conduct. It is also an important part of our commitment to sustainability.

Slavery and human trafficking statement

The Volvo Car Group Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement is created to explain how we are working to make sure that slavery and human trafficking is not occurring within our supply chains or in any other part of our business.

Core values

At Volvo, everything we do starts with people. So our mission to make people’s lives easier, safer and better is something that comes naturally to us. It’s the Volvo way. Today, we’re still as focused as ever on our three core values: safety, quality and care for the environment. Protecting what’s important. Making people feel special. And taking pride in helping the world become a better place for all.

Contact sustainability

If you have any questions at all about Sustainability or the latest Report, please do contact us with the following details:

Volvo Car Group 
Corporate Communications/Sustainability 
50232, PVH 50 
SE – 405 31 
Gothenburg, Sweden