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The guidelines followed and the scope of the report

7th Sustainability Report of Alcantara S.p.A.

Sustainability Reporting Guidelines – version G4 of the GRI
(Global Reporting Initiative).

Social and environmental responsibility data are reported through dedicated information flows and information collection sheets
based on the precautionary approach required by the G4 standard, and subsequently checked in accordance with a reporting process integrated with the company management systems.

The scope of the report coincides with the scope of Alcantara S.p.A. financial statements, related to the 12-month period running
from 1st April 2015 to 31st March 2016 and generally indicated as fiscal year 2016.

This document is a short version of the complete Sustainability Report 2016, that was externally audited by a third party on the basis of the principles and instructions set forth in the international standard for assurance of non-financial information ISAE 3000 (International Standard on Assurance Engagements 3000) and of IAASB
(International Auditing and Assurance Standard Board, an entity directly supported by the IFAC - International Federation of Accountants).


Fiscal year:
1st April 2015 -
31st March 2016

Our approach

Value beyond costs

To us, sustainability is a deep conscious choice, a necessary factor consistent with the long-term objective of increasing the company's economic and financial value.

Strongly believing that the generation of value for stakeholders can become a driver to generate value for shareholders, sustainability is and will stay at the core of our development and profitability logic.
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Beyond certifications

The international projects we choose to offset the CO2 emissions that cannot be eliminated any other way from our activities, have all a strong social meaning, besides an environmental relevance.

Under the protection of the UN, our interventions improve the health and hygiene conditions of the people, create job opportunities and promote the use of renewable energies.
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A matter of balance

We always pursue the maximum efficiency, and not at any cost. This is why we use systems and processes of absolute avant-garde, capable of maximizing the operational efficiency and, at the same time, minimizing the environmental impacts.

Thanks to this approach and to the investments made for turning intentions into concrete actions, we are among the few in the world that can boast the Carbon Neutrality status for 7 years in a row.
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Economic sustainability

Due to the new fiscal year of Alcantara S.p.A.,
2016 figures refer to the 12-month period between 1st April 2015 and 31st March 2016.

Wealth Generation & Distribution

In 2016 the Gross Global Added Value of Alcantara increased by +39.4% over 2014, exceeding 80 M €.


In 2016 Alcantara made investments for total amount
of 22 M € of which more than 7 M € devoted
to sustainability-related activities.
In detail, 34% to health and safety and 66% to environment.

Investment plan

For 2017 Alcantara forecasted investments for about 28 M €.
Of these, over 68% is allocated to processes innovation,
and over 25% to health, safety and environmental activities.

Responsible procurement

New partner companies were involved through CSR assessment activities along the supply chain of Alcantara S.p.A. Special relevance was given to transports and raw materials.
Alcantara has been monitoring its own supply chain since 2007, with the aim to increase its awareness and commitment to sustainability, asking partners and suppliers to respect the universal principles of human rights, labour standards, environment,
fight against corruption.
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Social sustainability

Due to the new fiscal year of Alcantara S.p.A.,
2016 figures refer to the 12-month period between 1st April 2015 and 31st March 2016.

Company size

In 2016 Alcantara's staff registered
+12.6% increase over 2014.

Occupational health & Safety

Thanks to its advanced Health & Safety Management System certified OHSAS 18001, in 2016 no injuries were registered.

* FI represents the frequency of injuries and indicates the number of injuries per million hours worked.
** Median Frequency Index of the Italian Manufacturing industry (2011-2013).
Source: 20° Responsible Care Report, Federchimica.

Product sustainability & Safety

The sustainability and the safety of Alcantara's offer is featured by the following strength points:

Industries & Markets

Thanks to the lifestyle appeal of the brand, Alcantara® is used to upgrade the final product across many different sectors and is spreading on a global scale.
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Environmental sustainability

Due to the new fiscal year of Alcantara S.p.A.,
2016 figures refer to the 12-month period between 1st April 2015 and 31st March 2016.

Carbon Footprint

Against climate change, we have been taking actions
since 2009.

International offset projects

In 2016 Alcantara generated 59,164 Tons of CO2 eq. According to the state of the art of the current technology, these residual emissions cannot be eliminated any other way. To neutralize them Alcantara supported four international offset projects all with strong-social meaning.

Waste management

80.3% of waste is allocated for recovery through recycling, reuse, regeneration and fuel production.

Phyto-Treatment System

Since 2011, at the manufacturing plant in Nera Montoro, an innovative phyto-treatment system is operating, for a total surface of 7,000m2.

The leachate, that is the set of liquids coming from the landfill, is no longer intended for the water treatment system as in any common factory, but used as fertilizer to cultivate a plantation of more than 2,500 selected shrubs.
The leachate is then consumed through the natural property of evapotranspiration of this special plant system. Fuelled by the only waters of the industrial process, the water treatment system is therefore
able to return sludge that can be reused in other industrial

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Alcantara sustainability report 2016

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