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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 programme of sustainability commitments.

Pioneering responsible business

Volvo Cars is a proud founding member of the UN Global Compact, a voluntary initiative to implement universal sustainability principles.

Since 2000, we have endeavoured to observe the Ten Principles of the Global Compact — including the adoption of a precautionary approach to environmental challenges. We are also committed to supporting the Sustainable Development Goals which guide our approach as a business.

Our Company Impacts

Leaving a gentle footprint on Earth

The impacts of our products

Safer and smarter mobility

A better society

Our role in society


GWh saved in Manufacturing (2016)


m3 of water saved at the Zhangjiakou Engine Plant


tonnes of steel and 292 tonnes of aluminium saved

Our sustainability reporting for 2016 is integrated in our Annual Report.

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2016 annual report

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Our Code of Conduct

At Volvo Cars, it’s not just about what we do, but how we do it. Consideration for others is paramount and our strict Code of Conduct ensures that we conduct business in an ethical and responsible way.

Volvo Cars Code of conduct

Our code of conduct

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Code Of Conduct Business Partner 2016

Code of Conduct for business partners

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Slavery and human trafficking statement

As a part in our long-standing commitment to internationally proclaimed human rights principles, the Volvo Car Group Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement explains how we are working to make sure that slavery and human trafficking does not occur within our supply chains or in any other part of our business.

Volvo Car Group Slavery Statement

Our approach to tax

Volvo Cars acts as a responsible global tax citizen. We encourage ethical and transparent business practices and comply with the OECD Transfer Pricing guidelines. We do not employ legal entities solely for purposes of tax planning and we report and disclose our tax positions in accordance with applicable regulations and requirements. Volvo Cars’ Tax Policy is approved by the Volvo Cars Board of Directors.

Tell Us

Everyone working at, or with, Volvo Cars should be comfortable raising questions or concerns about ethical issues or cases of non-compliance. We support a culture of openness, integrity and accountability. If you want to report a violation of our Code of Conduct, you can submit a report.

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Volvo Cars Ethical Leadership 

Ethical Leadership

Volvo Cars is proud to have been recognised as a 2017 World’s Most Ethical Company® by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices. This is a welcome acknowledgement of our comprehensive Compliance and Ethics Programme which aims to ensure that our employees and our business partners act responsibly and ethically. Volvo Cars is committed to fostering a culture of Ethical Leadership.


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
SE – 405 31
Gothenburg, Sweden


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Leaving a gentle footprint on earth

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