Social responsibility

Direction of the focus area

We will conduct operations in a responsible manner in relation to the community as well as to our stakeholders.

Objectives

  • 4% of all employees annually must be apprentices or interns.
  • Job opportunities will be created for young people and the long-term unemployed in all major projects.
  • 100% of employees to undergo training in the Code of Conduct.

Outcome

  • A total of 84 young people were apprentices, had internships or holiday work at Castellum in 2019. Of these, 22 were apprentices, equivalent to approximately 5% of Castellum’s employees.
  • Seven apprenticeships were created in major projects.
  • All employees are trained in Castellum’s Code of Conduct.

Values and Code of Conduct

Castellum’s values can be summarized as “Worthy of trust” (read more about our values on our  website).

The Code of Conduct, which applies to all Castellum employees, regulates behavior toward one another as well as toward Castellum’s tenants, suppliers, partners, and other stakeholders that employees meet in daily operations. It is based on Castellum’s values and the principles of the UN Global Compact, and clarifies Castellum’s position on human rights, working conditions, business ethics and information. Castellum is to provide quality service, comply with laws and regulations, never discriminate against anyone, and create a healthy work environment with a high safety level. Castellum also maintains focus on gender equality issues, as described in the company’s diversity plan.

Castellum’s operations are subject to each country’s laws and regulations concerning, for example, working conditions, occupational safety and freedom of association. Castellum’s HR manual addresses issues such as working environment, equal opportunities, salaries, pensions and company cars. Each new employee undergoes mandatory training in the company’s Code of Conduct, sustainability efforts and diversity.

Preventative efforts regarding corruption issues, where conduct in various everyday situations is discussed, are conducted throughout the Group. A pivotal element is that all employees understand and follow the Code of Conduct. Castellum has a whistleblower function that can be reached via the Group’s web page and Intranet. The function aims to help both employees and external parties act responsibly. All whistleblower cases are handled in accordance with established procedures. Those reporting a whistleblower case receive prompt feedback and then the aim is to maintain a dialogue with the initial notifying person. All cases are handled confidentially.

In 2019, Castellum received some ten cases through the whistleblower function. Some of the cases led to a change in routines or to targeted communication efforts.

Executive management is not aware of any incidents in 2019 that negatively impacted customers’ health and safety. Nor has Castellum had any punishments imposted for violations of the company’s Code of Conduct, or crimes of corruption, in 2019 or the last five years.

Community involvement

For Castellum, community involvement is about offering healthy and productive urban environments where people do well. It is also about contributing to urban development that encourages the integration of different societal groups.

Another important aspect for Castellum in this area is to contribute to more young people and people with varied cultural backgrounds entering the labor market. Castellum holds stakeholder dialogues and participates in joint projects with other property owners and players to create better living environments together.

In 2019, a total of 84 young people worked at Castellum as vacation replacements, interns, apprentices, as trainees or with academic degree projects. Twenty-two of these young people were apprentices (in Castellum’s definition, people who are struggling to enter the job market), which is equivalent to approximately 5% of Castellum’s employees. Castellum has also set a goal of creating workplaces for young people in all major projects. In addition, Castellum collaborates with organizations such as the Jobbsprånget internship program, which is an initiative that matches companies with academics who have just arrived in Sweden. During the year, Castellum also offered internships to people with non-Swedish background cultures who had recently come to Sweden.

For the last 15 years, Region West has collaborated with the Brunnsbo school in Gothenburg in order to expand the partnership between schools and the business community. Castellum follows one class of students throughout high school, and has the opportunity to provide the students with a look into working life and the property industry. At the same time, Castellum gains much in return in the form of thoughts and ideas from a younger generation – the employees and tenants of tomorrow. In November 2019, Castellum initiated collaboration with its seventh consecutive class of high school students.

Developing local communities

Castellum has implemented social programs in the cities where we operate. Currently, Castellum’s program covers 100% of the company’s properties. Castellum’s commitment varies in accordance with local needs and those of the specific properties; the programs include a stakeholder analysis to investigate current needs. Depending on the needs and interests of the city, decisions on Castellum’s involvement are taken locally. Our commitment to the programs includes how we measure and positively influence the environment and societal interaction in order to improve the local community and the environments in and around our properties. As a long-term player and community developer, Castellum is involved in developing both new and existing areas. The programs currently comprise 108 different commitments, including societal involvement in our cities, and participation in city includes how we measure and positively influence the environment and societal interaction in order to improve the local community and the environments in and around our properties.

As a long-term player and community developer, Castellum is involved in developing both new and existing areas. The programs currently comprise 108 different commitments, including societal involvement in our cities, and participation in city networks, sustainability networks and corporate associations where Castellum interacts with customers, municipalities and other partners to develop cities.

Castellum also actively works with community associations as well as schools and universities to offer young people apprenticeships and summer jobs.

Castellum’s sponsorship and support of the local community focuses primarily on promoting young people’s education and health. During the year, Castellum sponsored the Science Festival, Young Entrepreneurship and local sports associations. Moreover, direct support was given to Stockholms Stadsmission and to the Swedish Childhood Cancer Foundation. In 2019, Castellum gave a total of MSEK 4.8 in direct support through sponsorships and other initiatives.

Some of our memberships

  • Almega
  • Center for Management in the Construction Sector (CMB) at Chalmers University of Technology
  • Chamber of Commerce (Handelskammaren)
  • EPRA
  • European Think Tank
  • Fastighetsägarna
  • Fossilfritt Sverige
  • Green Building Council Denmark
  • Network for collaboration in the local cities (Citysamverkan)
  • Näringslivsgruppen
  • SNS
  • Sweden Green Building Council
  • Swedish Energy Agency’s Client Group for Premises (BELOK)