The Impregilo Group, driven by a cosmopolitan business culture, centred on the value of people, respectful of the environment, society and the regions in which it operates, is founded on the principle that the company should contribute to the welfare and social and economic development of the territories in which it operates.
The principles of sustainable development are the key issues for positioning the Group in the global market. Their application in our activities allows us to operate in numerous and diversified environments, interpreting and respecting the expectations of institutions, clients, local communities, technical and operational employees and counterparts who all have different histories and cultures.
Impregilo has formalised its commitment to sustainable development by formally adhering to the Global Compact of the United Nations.
The Global Compact is the leading global initiative on sustainability and, by adhering to it, the Group has undertaken to align its strategies and operations with the ten universal principles relating to human rights, employment, the environment and the fight against corruption. Impregilo recognizes the need to work with governments, civil society, its personnel, suppliers and the United Nations to contribute to the achievement of the priorities set by the Global Compact and the Millennium Development Goals.
At the base of the Group's commitment to sustainable development is the firm conviction that proper management of sustainability allows it not only to mitigate operational, financial and reputational risks, through the optimisation of non-financial variables, but also to create new opportunities and obtain competitive advantages in a market increasingly sensitive to these aspects.
Another element of the Group's leadership consists of the voluntary disclosure to stakeholders of non-financial performance. In 2002, Impregilo became the first Italian company in the construction sector to produce and publish an Environmental Report, which subsequently became an important point of reference in the sector at European level because, until then, few enterprises had systematically tackled the relationship between the environment and construction works in the implementation of large infrastructure projects.
Since then, the Group's reporting has been extended to other areas, such as the health and safety of workers, the quality of the structures erected, personnel policies and interactions with local communities.
Today, through the experience accrued in the sector by Salini, the Group has a sustainability reporting system in line with international best practice, which allows the collection and management of sustainability data and information from the various operating companies and contracts, as well from as corporate functions, monitoring their progress and allowing goals to be set for improvement.
The Sustainability Report 2012 is prepared in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) in 2011 (version G3.1) and the Group's commitment is to continue to maintain the highest standards of reporting for stakeholders, adhering in the coming years to the G4 guidelines of the GRI, issued in June 2013.