1 April 2021
31 March 2022
Photo: Giovanni Gastel
this year, with the release of the 13th edition of our Sustainability Report - synthesized in this pocket edition - we felt important to emphasize a peculiar aspect of our pioneering role in the field of sustainability: the awareness that every single action generates a trace, a mark, which can have a significant impact on our stakeholders and spread its effects over time.
With our traces we wish to highlight the rigorous path that we have methodologically taken in the past, certifying each our steps towards sustainability, seeking maximum transparency, staying away from any possible false declarations. The clear evidence of this is our fact-based approach, supported by scientific evidence and certifications, and not on controversial “greenwashing” practices without truthful, scientifically proven and understandable bases.
Our sustainability journey is very serious and we believe that our path can still be considered a valid point of reference even today.
In fact, we have given, and we are continuing to give an extreme attention to the best practices in the field of sustainability taking the latter as an important starting point and not as an arrival point.
The key steps of our commitment to sustainability may be summed up as follows:
We also wish to underline that sustainability is the most critical issues of our times: that’s why it is a core value deeply rooted in our corporate culture, an important growth driver and a spur to developing our business strategy.
Sustainability is a purpose that should be embraced on a global scale: there is no other way. Our invitation to follow us on this journey and to continue the dialogue on all sustainability issues conveys a promise: we will keep on evolving our next traces with an ever-increasing sense of responsibility and a broader point of view.
Chairman and CEO of Alcantara S.p.A.
is an innovative material
is the only Italian Company
that manufactures and sells
the material of the same name worldwide
is a registered trademark
of Alcantara S.p.A.,
the result of a unique proprietary technology
Over the years, we have made and continue to make best sustainability practice a central focus, a commitment demonstrated by our distinct and unique approach, based on facts and scientific evidence.
From the start of our journey, our Sustainability Reports and our Carbon Neutral status have been certified by dependable third-party bodies.
We were the first Italian industrial Company, and one of the first in the world, to achieve Carbon Neutral status, certified by TÜV SÜD each year since 2009. This means having net-zero CO2 emissions, after offsetting, including not only the production process, but also the product's use and disposal stages.
Our Sustainability Report, now in its 13th year, is prepared on a voluntary basis and is a 'track' record of fundamental importance as well as an indispensable part of our engagement with, above all, our people, suppliers and business partners.
It is also a valid self-assessment tool and an act of certified transparency, being a full disclosure of what we do and of what our future plans are.
In Fiscal Year 2022, we reconfirmed for the 5th year running our membership of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) and of the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation (GCNI), continuing our commitment to respect and promote the 10 principles of the UNGC and, in parallel, to contribute to advancing 16 of the 17 Sustainable UN Development Goals (SDGs).
The 2022-2025 Sustainability Report comprises 4 pillars and 23 specific targets that, together, define our very identity and are the tool we use to set our sustainability goals and the means of achieving them.
The unforeseeable and extraordinary events of the last two years have had an appreciable economic and social impact.
At an industrial level, the increase in raw material and energy prices has greatly influenced all businesses worldwide.
Despite this, we continue to generate wealth in a
cost-effective way for the benefit of certain key stakeholders.
We consider the supply chain to be of strategic importance to ensure our product meets the high standards of compliance: in selecting and managing suppliers, we thus apply measures and procedures aimed at ensuring respect for the sustainability, quality and safety policies we have adopted.
+3 vs. FY 2021
In Fiscal Year 2022, we continued awareness-raising among our suppliers regarding our environmental sustainability model, expanding the categories of suppliers involved in calculating CO2 emissions and associated offsetting, through the
well-established practice of purchasing shares in offsetting projects.
Between 2020 and 2022
with external auditors
Since 2014, we have promoted and fostered robust stakeholder engagement activities aimed at raising awareness and encouraging dialogue and cross-fertilisation on sustainability topics among international experts from various business sectors. The organisation and the promotion of such events facilitate engagement from stakeholders, creating awareness of sustainability and paving the way for a common culture.
Sustainability and the New Automotive Value Chain.
Venice, October 2014
The Automotive Ecosystem on the Global Road to Sustainability.
The Asian perspective.
Venice, October 2015
Sustainability and Corporate Value.
Tokyo, October 2016
Coping with Change: Global Warming and Decarbonisation.
Venice, March 2018
Climate HOW: How to Engage Society and Deploy Decarbonisation.
Venice, February 2019
Greenwashing and Sustainability: A growing trend that needs to be addressed.
Venice, October 2021
We participate in the Urban Re-Generation Project, promoted by Confindustria Umbria with financial support from the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Terni e Narni. The project involves numerous companies from the Terni region and its aim is to enhance the local region.
We have awarded 36 scholarships:
- 15 to the most deserving students residing in the municipality of Narni,
- 21 to the children of employees.
There were 5 training internships:
- 3 internships involving work-school programmes at the Istituto Tecnico Tecnologico in Terni,
- 1 curricular internship at the ITS Umbria (Technological Innovation and Development),
- 1 internship involving newly graduated staff.
Alcantara was one of the first industrial companies in the world, and the first in Italy, to achieve the status of Carbon Neutral (2009), obtaining certification from TÜV SÜD, an authoritative independent international certification body.
Every year, we measure and minimise the carbon dioxide emissions attributable to our business activities and product, from the beginning of the production process (raw materials included) to the end of the product’s useful life, offsetting the residual emissions (which cannot be eliminated using the technology currently available) and offering our clients a Carbon Neutral product, certified to PAS 2060.
8,207 TOE of energy saved thanks to the cogeneration and trigeneration plants
15,272 tons of CO2 avoided thanks to our cogeneration and trigeneration plants
49% of waste allocated for recovery
419,000 m3 of industrial water recovered
Certification of the Environmental Management System (EMS) with the UNI EN ISO 14001 standard
Certified Carbon Neutral
Energy certification with ISO 50001
In March 2022, we completed the installation of a 114-kW photovoltaic plant at the headquarters in Milan, to be used primarily for powering electric car recharging stations, in light of the gradual renewal of the Company’s vehicle fleet, in a shift towards electric and hybrid cars.
To offset our residual CO2, we support Certified and Verified Offsetting Projects by a third party, aimed at generating energy from renewable sources in the world's poor, disadvantaged or underdeveloped regions. Within this community, we spread a culture of sustainability awareness, improving social conditions for local people.
|Koru Wind Power Plant||Wind power||GS VER||Turkey||5,000|
|Charanka in Gujarat Solar Power Plant||Solar||VCS||India||5,481|
|Xinjiang A’letai Hua’ning Hydropower||Hydroelectric||CDM||China||25,896|
We take a responsible approach to production to ensure product quality and consumer safety.
We have successfully adopted various proprietary technologies developed to reduce the environmental impact upstream and downstream of the manufacturing process, without compromising on performance, including:
• the use of innovative raw materials,
• advanced dyeing techniques, to cut water consumption and reuse part of the wastewater.
*The actual content of partially bio-based polyester and/or recycled polyester is indicated in the technical specifications of each product and is documented by internal evidences.
valid for individual brands/families
Oeko-Tex Standard 100 (maintained since 1995)
Certified by ICEA
IMO MED (marine) as per EU directives 2002/75/CE and 96/98/CE (until 2025)
Certification for CPD construction products as per EU Directive 89/106/EC
In line with the sustainability and circular economy plans prepared, we are concentrating on new versions of our product, made with an ever greater bio-based and recycled polymer content, with the aim of progressively increasing their use while also reducing the consumption of polymers derived from fossil fuels.
We use a polyester polymer made with ethylene glycol derived from biomass.
We pay extreme attention to use recycled polyester produced in Europe, from post-consumer scraps, recycled through a mechanical process, being traceable and certified.
The new Complex Manufacturing department in Nera Montoro is able to develop extreme customisations, combining complex technologies to provide the customer with the upholstery-ready finished product.
The new unit is characterised by:
- the use of advanced technologies,
- an increase in prototyping to provide support to developing or already industrialised projects.