1 April 2020
31 March 2021
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in the occasion of the issuing of the 12th edition of our Sustainability Report, we feel important to underline that transparency is the principal assumption on which we build our fact-based approach to sustainability.
Our commitment is proven also by the importance Alcantara gives to the opposition to the widespread of ‘greenwashing’, identified as the worst enemy of sustainability causing deception and damage to the consumer, generating situations of unfair competition and addressing investments, otherwise devoted to sustainability projects, to activities opposite to the goal.
In fact, Alcantara has had and continues to have an extreme attention to the best practices in the field of sustainability demonstrated by its pioneering role having been the first Italian company, and among the very first in the world, to reach the status of Carbon Neutrality certified by TÜV SÜD in 2009.
This year we want to underline as key elements that distinguish Alcantara’s approach to sustainability the following:
On proceeding with Alcantara’s long-term decarbonization plan, we have accelerated our serious path towards special versions of our material mated with increasing amounts of bio-based polymers and recycled polyester. To this regard, we pay extreme attention to utilize recycled polyester produced in Europe by post consumers scraps, recycled through a mechanical process, being traceable and certified. Due to the rapid growth of false statements on the use of recycled materials, for Alcantara these are the fundamental elements to distinguish recycled polyester. With this 12th edition of the Sustainability Report Alcantara wants to highlight how much sustainability remains a core value in its corporate culture, an important growth driver and a spur to developing its business strategy. Now, more than ever, we are convinced that sustainability is a value beyond cost: a value for our Company, our brand, our people and our stakeholders. A value for the future.
Chairman and CEO of Alcantara S.p.A.
Alcantara S.p.A. has had and continues to have an extreme attention to the best practices in the field of sustainability demonstrated by its pioneering role having been the first Italian Industrial company, and among the very first in the world, to reach the status of Carbon Neutrality certified by TÜV SÜD in 2009. Alcantara S.p.A. adopts a fact-based approach, i.e. based on scientific evidence and certifications, and its sustainability journey is very serious: the Company has certified its Sustainability Report and its Carbon Neutrality.
In FY 2021, Alcantara S.p.A. confirms 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 fourth 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.
In FY 2021, the Sustainability Plan of Alcantara S.p.A. has been updated with the aim to renew and reconfirm the main sustainability
goals of the Company in line with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
In line with the most advanced international practices in sustainability, Alcantara S.p.A. has developed a total of 23 specific objectives, for the four areas, to be achieved in the medium term (2022-2025). These tangible commitments are represented as follows:
Alcantara S.p.A. is also committed to a strong focus on stakeholder engagement, carrying out an organic group of actions and initiatives aimed at involving its principal partners from different business sectors in its sustainability program.
“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 Decarbonization”
Venice, March 2018
How to Engage the Society and Deploy Decarbonization”
Venice, February 2019
“Alcantara Sustainability Renaissance”
Bologna, June 2017
Through organizing and promoting these events, Alcantara S.p.A. wants to create engagement from stakeholders by increasing the awareness on sustainability and creating a shared culture.
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In FY 2021, the direct economic value generated and distributed (Gross Global Added)
of Alcantara S.p.A. amounted to over €62 million.
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 its
partners and suppliers to respect the universal principles of human rights, labour
standards, environmental standards, and fight against corruption. This promotes the
Alcantara S.p.A.’s suppliers’ credibility within the environmental and social responsibility spheres.
Specifically, in terms of commitment to sustainability, selected suppliers are encouraged to in turn undertake a path of Carbon Neutrality, for products and
services offered to Alcantara S.p.A.
During FY 2021, the Company continued to raise the supply chain’s awareness of its environmental sustainability model, successfully expanding the categories of suppliers involved in the calculation of CO2 emissions and related offset.
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Alcantara S.p.A. has been Carbon Neutral since 2009. Being Carbon Neutral means having
a net CO2 emissions balance of zero, from cradle to grave, i.e. including not only the
but also the phases of use and disposal of the product itself.
In fact, Alcantara S.p.A. every year measures and reduces as much as possible the carbon dioxide emissions attributable to Company’s activities and to the product, from the beginning of the production process (raw materials included) to the end of the product’s life, offsetting residual emissions after the reduction process,
offering its customers a Carbon Neutral product.
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.
*Certified to PAS 2060
by TÜV SÜD.
In FY 2021, Alcantara S.p.A. obtained for the fifth year in a row the ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems certification.
In FY 2021 Alcantara S.p.A., in order to offset residual generated emissions amounting
to the equivalent
of 18,116 tons of CO2, underpinned an additional four Certified and Verified Offsetting Projects, aimed at expanding the use of renewable energy resources and improving the health and social conditions of people in the poorest and most disadvantaged areas of the world, while offsetting all CO2 emissions produced.
|PROJECT NAME||PROJECT TYPE||STANDARD||COUNTRY||QUOTAS|
|Dapein - Hydropower project||Hydropower||CER||MYANMAR||10,616|
|Haikou Rural Methane
Digesters Project in Hainan Province
|Microenergy credits Mongolia - Microfinance for Clean Energy Product Lines||Cookstoves||GOLD STANDARD||MONGOLIA||2,000|
Alcantara S.p.A. has a unique Research and Development Centre in Europe. The structures,
technologies and skills of the Customer Innovation Centre and the R&D Centre, developed
with the aim of designing new products and production processes, working on the
material characteristics and providing ad hoc application solutions, have been completed
with an internal Complex Manufacturing department, with the exceptional skills required
to develop extreme customizations by combining complex technologies, able to provide
the customer with the finished product, ready for assembling.
Also during FY 2021, in line with the objectives on sustainability, the Company has accelerated its serious path towards special versions of its material mated with increasing amounts of bio-based polymers and recycled polyester. Alcantara S.p.A. pays extreme attention to utilize recycled polyester produced in Europe by post consumers scraps, recycled through a mechanical process, being traceable and certificated.