1 April 2018
31 March 2019
To us, sustainability is a deep conscious choice, a necessary factor consistent with our long-term vision and our objectives to improve the Company’s financial and non-financial value. Strongly believing that the value generation for all stakeholders is the real driver to generate value for shareholders, sustainability is and will stay at the core of our development and profitability behavior.
We always pursue the maximum efficiency: this is the reason why we use management systems and best available practices 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 in our sector that can boast the Carbon Neutrality status for 10 years in a row.
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 United Nations, our investment choices improve the health and hygiene conditions of the people, create job opportunities and promote the use of renewable energies.
SUSTAINABLE MANUFACTURING INNOVATION
Monitoring state of the art research of raw materials from renewable sources, in the 2019 FY Alcantara S.p.A. has been continuing to develop polymers partially using renewable sources, with the view to create a totally bio‑based product (which not affect the food chain) by 2022 consistently with available technologies. Alcantara also offers a special version of material composed of up to 25% of its weight from raw materials deriving from post‑consumer recycling. The Company is also committed to research projects which look into the theme of end‑of‑life recycling.
UNITED NATIONS GLOBAL COMPACT
In the 2019 FY, Alcantara S.p.A. confirms again its participation in the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) and the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation (GCNI)– the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiatives operating at both international and local level – and presented its second Communication on Progress (CoP) describing its actions and policies relating to human rights, labour, environment and anti‑corruption policies. As a result, Alcantara S.p.A. confirms its long‑lasting commitment to sustainability by respecting and promoting the 10 Principles of the UNGC.
2019-2022 SUSTAINABILITY PLAN
In the 2019 FY, Alcantara S.p.A. upgraded its Sustainability Plan in line with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Following this, Alcantara likewise included them to the Sustainability Report, a document whose purpose is to illustrate the strategic guidelines, actions and 21 specific objectives in the 4 areas of sustainability to be achieved in the medium term (2022).
Alcantara S.p.A. is also committed to a strong focus on stakeholder engagement, that is, carrying out an organic group of actions and initiatives aimed at involving its principal partners from different business sectors in its sustainability program.
Through organizing and promoting these events, Alcantara S.p.A.
wants to create engagement from stakeholders by increasing the awareness
of sustainability and creating a shared culture.
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WEALTH GENERATION & DISTRIBUTION
In the 2019 FY, the direct economic value generated and distributed (Gross Global Added Value) of Alcantara S.p.A. increased by 5.1% compared with the 2018 FY, exceeding €99 million.
Alcantara is involved in a five-year project (2017-2022) to expand the production plant which will reduce the Company’s environmental impact.
Four new partner companies were involved in the supply chain of Alcantara S.p.A. through CSR assessment activities.
2019 FY SUPPLIERS’ CLASSIFICATION
Alcantara S.p.A. has been monitoring its own supply chain since 2007, with the aim to increase its awareness and commitment to sustainability, asking the partners and suppliers to respect the universal principles of human rights, labour standards, environmental standards, and the fight against corruption to promote the improvement of Alcantara’s suppliers’ credibility within the environmental and social responsibility spheres.
Specifically, in the fight against climate change, selected suppliers are involved in the carbon footprint neutralization towards zero C02 emissions balance, for the products and services offered to Alcantara. The project will continue to grow in the future, gradually increasing the number of subjects involved.
GROWTH IN INTERNATIONAL MARKETS
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In the 2019 FY, Alcantara S.p.A.’s staff increased by 10.6% compared to the 2018 FY.
HEALTH & SAFETY
4 years of relevant certification for the health and safety management system in compliance with OHSAS 18001 (2015 to 2019).
PRODUCTS SAFETY & SUSTAINABILITY
The sustainability and safety of Alcantara S.p.A.’s offer has the following strength points:
INTERNATIONAL OFFSET PROJECTS
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CARBON FOOTPRINT & DISCLOSURE PROJECT
Alcantara S.p.A. has been continuously struggling against climate change for the past ten years. In fact, it was the first Italian Company, and among the few in the world to achieve the Carbon Neutrality status in 2009. Being Carbon Neutral means having a net CO2 emissions balance of zero, from the cradle to the grave, i.e. including not only the production process, but also the phases of use and disposal of the product itself. To emphasize its responsible approach to these matters still further, Alcantara S.p.A. continues its commitment to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), with the aim of continuing to measure and report on its CO2 emissions.
More than 78% of waste is allocated for recovery through recycling and reuse.
The production scraps and by‑products, which cannot be reused in the process, are recovered and marketed for reuse in other industrial processes, replacing virgin raw materials to achieve a circular economy.
ENERGY CERTIFICATION ISO 50001
In the 2019 FY, Alcantara S.p.A. obtained for the third year in a row the ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems certification.
65% of energy requirements at Alcantara S.p.A.’s production plant are self‑generated through High Efficiency Cogeneration plant and a work on building a Trigeneration plant has been continued.
& WATER FOOTPRINT
Since 2011, an innovative phyto‑treatment system has been operating at the manufacturing plant in Nera Montoro.
In particular, the results obtained include the following:
• covering the basin of the old landfill zone (some 7,000 m2 is being rehabilitated) with over 2,500 plants irrigated by the flow of industrial waste water rich in nutrients
• reducing the pollutant load treated by the water treatment plant, so cutting down on treatment products and sludge produced and improving the characteristics of the final discharge.
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