Our most important impacts and opportunities to protect biological diversity (biodiversity) are through our supply chain and our large civil engineering projects, particularly those involving highways and waterways. Avoidance of illegally logged timber is a priority in our supply chain.
We expect everyone at Skanska to have in place a suitable chain-of-custody process such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), or Programme for the Endorsement of Forestry Certification (PEFC). As part of this commitment, in 2006 Skanska signed the Greenpeace “Industry Statement” supporting the EU “Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade” (FLEGT) initiative.
We have begun to explore the biodiversity risks and opportunities inherent in the sourcing of quarry products for our projects and biofuels for our vehicles. Conclusions and subsequent actions will be communicated as they arise.
With regard to our larger projects, appropriate “Environmental Impact Assessments” (EIA) must be addressed and “Land Management Plans” prepared that reflect the risks and opportunities. On several large projects we have not only protected habitats but have created valuable new habitats for endangered species.