26 Oct 2018
Scania and their people
Our partners at Scania have told us that they see their employees as their greatest asset. Scania is focused on becoming a top employer with top employees – people with the right skills is needed in the shift towards sustainable transport. We wanted them to write a blog post about this, and here is the result. We hope you like it! /Team ASAP
Scania needs a diverse and inclusive approach to succeed in keeping and attracting the top talent needed on this change journey. In close dialogue with our employee representatives, we cherish the power of our talented people as we establish strategic partnerships, organizational structures and decision-making models in support of Scania’s business strategy. Scania has taken the approach that every individual has its own skill that can contribute to the future success of Scania. Our way to enlighten every individual skill, knowledge and competence is based in a program called “Skill Capture”.
Our CEO, Henrik Henriksson, concludes the importance of the inclusive culture at Scania:
Scania operates in more than 100 countries and employs some 51,000 people. Let us introduce one of our employees Rasmus Finnström, Sustainability Business Developer at Scania. For some people, a passion takes hold at a very young age. When he was around six years old, Rasmus remembers that he put solar panels on his toy playhouse. That early fascination with finding solutions to environmental issues, particularly climate change, has only grown. Over time he came to realize that the social and economic aspects of sustainability were equally important for creating a long-term competitive business. That abiding interest in sustainability led Rasmus on a career path to his current job as Sustainability Business Developer at Scania. After earning his M.Sc degree in Environmental Economics and Management at the Swedish University of Agricultural Science in Uppsala in 2015, Rasmus wanted to work for a company that shared his commitment to sustainability.
“I knew Scania had a good organizational culture and good core values,” Rasmus says. “I also knew the automotive industry had big sustainability challenges ahead. Recognizing that these challenges also create great opportunities for Scania triggered something within me. I believed that I could make a difference and help Scania create sustainable solutions when facing these challenges.”
His first job was with Purchasing, as a sourcing manager for the Swedish market. “Our focus was improving both quality, productivity and sustainability performance in our dealer network, and that was challenging as well as rewarding.”
In 2017, he was hired in his current position, where he supports the Purchasing organization with the tools and methods to make sustainability part of their daily work, including sustainability training. He also performs sustainability audits of suppliers, which he finds meaningful and necessary for supplier development.
“I have an opportunity to help our suppliers improve their sustainability performance, for instance in areas like working conditions and their environmental work,” Rasmus explains.
Making a difference
There are plenty of sustainability opportunities from a supply chain perspective, he adds. The purchasing department has a big impact on Scania’s sustainability focus, according to Rasmus. “To offer a sustainable end product and solution, we need to secure that we have sourced the materials and components for these products and solutions in a sustainable way,” he says.
“My job is to get all stakeholders to understand that a focus on sustainability is not just a responsibility but also a way forward to create a competitive economically sustainable business,” says Rasmus. “Working with that kind of responsibility is inspiring.”
“My ambition is to always work within the sustainability area,” he adds. “To focus on today’s and future sustainability trends and opportunities is what stimulates me”.