Equality, labour and human rights

The ability to assure equal opportunities, fair remuneration and working conditions, human rights and positive and constructive relations between labour and management, at SKF and its supply chain. 

This contributes to:

Goal 5 - Diversity and equality from our strive to ensure everyone equal opportunities for all regardless of race, gender, age, national origin or nationality, disability, caste, religion, sexual orientation, union membership or political affiliation. This serves as a foundation to attract and retain a workforce defined by its diversity.

Goal 10 - Reduce inequalities for the work we do with local suppliers and sub-contractors to ensure fair wages, working hours and healthy working conditions.

Goal 1 - No poverty for the long term prospect of growing sourcing locally or regionally, today around 85-90% of SKF's spend comes from local or regional suppliers. Our business footprint means that we strive to develop local suppliers, this makes sense for both economic and social aspects. The economic value of our business activities shall is retained and beneficial for the local communities.

Goal 3 - Good health and well-being for the work put in under SKF's Responsible sourcing programme to strive for good health at our suppliers.

Yes, we do find problems and deviations

that is why we focus on these issues. 

SKF follows the United Nation’s Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and its ‘protect, respect and remedy’ framework. Our commitment on human rights is embedded in the SKF Code of Conduct.

In 2016, 43 Code of Conduct reviews were conducted at SKF sites, of which 18 were in Europe, 12 in Asia, 11 in the Americas, and 2 in Africa. The audits showed 7 cases of non-compliance with the Code of Conduct, 6 of which were also legal non-compliances related to overtime hours worked above the legal limit. Corrective action was initiated in all cases.

We also conducted site audits at suppliers. All new suppliers are screened using these criteria. In 2016, 30 out of 51 potential suppliers did not pass our criteria to become a supplier, directly related to Code of Conduct risks.

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