The Group is committed to creating shared value for all its stakeholders, through the continuous search for excellence for clients, satisfaction for investors, engagement with local communities, development and integrity for its employees and environmental protection.
To this end, Group operations are inspired by the principles of sustainable development. Their application to corporate strategies and processes allows the Group to operate and grow in numerous and diversified environments, interpreting and fulfilling the expectations of institutions, clients, local communities, employees and technical and operational counterparties who all have different histories and cultures.
The Group has integrated sustainability principles into its business model, and is committed to pursuing the following priorities:
- ensuring high performance standards to investors, clients, employees and the environment;
- supporting growth in the areas in which it operates, through job creation, professional training, engagement of local suppliers and support to local communities; and
- ensuring transparency towards all stakeholders, through information and engagement programs.
The sustainability model adopted by the Group, moreover, supports the wider management of operational, financial and reputational risks, apart from creating new opportunities and competitive advantage in a market that increasingly focuses on these aspects.
Salini Impregilo has formalized its commitment in a coordinated set of policies, procedures and organizational structures aligned with major international benchmark standards.
Specifically, in January 2015 the Company adopted a new Sustainability Policy, which identified ten principles that enshrine an equal number of commitments by the Group to its stakeholders.
Moreover, Salini Impregilo is a member of the United Nations “Global Compact”, a global sustainable development initiative through which the Group undertakes to align its strategies and operations to ten universal principles concerning human rights, work, the environment and the fight against corruption.
The adoption of an integrated quality, health and safety and environmental management system by the Group, as well as the organizational model pursuant to Italian Legislative Decree 231/2001, as well as the Anticorruption Model, ensures that the Group is equipped with adequate controls for the aforementioned principles.
Since 2014, the Group has voluntarily subscribed to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), the global platform supported by over 800 institutional investors that allows users to measure, compare and share information about the environmental performance (climate change) of over 2,000 companies all over the world.
In 2015, the Group also joined the Italian Climate Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI), the CPD sustainability index consisting of leading companies in the management of climate change.
At domestic level, Salini Impregilo is a founding member of the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation and collaborates with other member organizations and companies to develop specific projects and initiatives aimed at promoting the priorities set by the Global Compact.
Apart from adopting the aforementioned policies and management systems, Salini Impregilo implements additional sustainability programs based on the specific features of each project. These include eco-design and eco-construction systems currently adopted by the Stavros Niarchos Cultural Centre project in Athens, Greece, aimed at achieving LEED Platinum certification, by the Red Line North project in Doha, Qatar, which adopts the GSAS system for improvement of the sustainability performance of public works, and by the North West Rail Link project in Sidney, Australia, which in 2015 was awarded the “Leading ISCA rating” for the development of sustainability best practices in its design.
The commitment to sustainability, the initiatives implemented and the results achieved in this area are accounted for on an annual basis in the Group’s Sustainability Report, available on the www.salini-impregilo.com website.
Salini Impregilo was one of the first European construction companies to prepare an Environmental Report on a voluntary basis, starting from 2002. In the first years of its publication, this report came to be an important reference for the entire sector, since up until then few companies had dealt with the relationship between the environment and the execution of large infrastructural projects in a systematic way. At a later stage, the Group extended its reporting activities to other areas, such as the health and safety of workers, the quality of the structures erected, personnel policies and interactions with local communities.
The 2015 Sustainability Report, which you are invited to read for more in-depth information, has been prepared in accordance with the guidelines of the new Global Reporting Initiative (GRI-G4), the most advanced sustainability reporting standard currently available.
The document complies with the GRI’s Comprehensive option, which guarantees maximum disclosure about the Group’s significant impacts and is independently certified by Reconta Ernst & Young.