Our environmental journey
More than twenty years ago, in the year 2000, we became part of Responsible Care, a voluntary membership program that aims to guide participating companies towards a sustainable development model of the global chemical industry. Since 2007 we have started to certify our manufacturing sites according to ISO 14001 environmental management standard: our existing commitment is to have 40% of our manufacturing sites certified in 2022, from 33% in 2020.
In 2015, our Group adhered to the Responsible Care Global Chart, and became a member of Round Table of Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).
In 2017 we started to benchmark our own performance about Corporate Social Responsibility through EcoVadis, a global platform that identify areas of improvement and implement corrective actions. We currently holds EcoVadis Silver with objective to reach Gold status on next evaluation in 2021/22.
Responsible resource consumption, waste management, and emissions
Our environmental responsibility extends to all aspects of our activities involving continuous optimization through:
- responsible use of natural resources, such as water and energy;
- commitment to minimize wastes and emissions;
- improvement of our manufacturing processes;
- introduction of a new approach in logistics, pro-cedures and packaging.
Climate change, decarbonization and the related challenges in resource efficiency, water stewardship and waste management have achieved increasingly significant importance.
All this led us to decide last year to define important goals regarding these issues for the coming years. Specific commitments are listed here.
Logistics and Packaging
We source our raw materials and sell our products around the world; moreover, mainly delivered in bags, drums, or IBC packaging. We are aggressively pursuing the objective of reducing the environmental impact of our packaging.
Since 2018, we started a project aimed at promoting intermodal transport instead of road transport in order to decrease the environmental impact of its transports. Focused on our busy Italy – Spain route, we are gradually moving transport from road to intermodal, prioritizing sea transport between Savona and Barcelona.
This project has led to a 36.8% reduction in tons of CO2 emission on that route in 2020, corresponding to a total saving of 93 tons of CO2 emissions. Since the project started in mid- 2018 a total of 255 tons of CO2 have been aborted.
Our logistics team is fully conscious of transport’s contribution to CO2 emissions and works in the direction to minimize them with actions such as:
- minimizing Air Freight shipments
- preferring Intermodal transports where possible and feasible
- joining different groupages shipments into Full Truck Load shipments, whenever possible
Concerning packaging, our team keeps an open approach to new proposals by packaging suppliers that can reduce their impact on environment such as weight reduction or use of recycled raw materials.