The Group is committed to operating in an environmentally and socially-responsible manner.
As discussed above, the Governance and Sustainability Committee was assigned responsibility for strategic oversight of sustainability-related issues and reviews the annual Sustainability Report. The GEC defines the strategic approach, evaluates the congruity of the Sustainability Plan with business objectives and is regularly updated on the Group’s sustainability performance.
The Sustainability Unit, which is part of the Group’s financial organization, has operational responsibility for promoting a culture of sustainability throughout the Group, it facilitates the process of continuous improvement, and contributes to managing risks and strengthening the relationship with and perceptions of stakeholders, in addition to managing sustainability reporting and communications.
The Code of Conduct includes guidelines aimed at ensuring the Group’s activities are conducted in a consistent and responsible manner. In addition, the Group has also adopted “Sustainability Guidelines for Suppliers,” setting forth expectations for suppliers and sub-suppliers of the Group worldwide, “Environmental Guidelines,” which provide clear indications on how to establish and update environmental targets, develop new products and execute daily activities worldwide, and “Green Logistics Principles” setting forth principles for ensuring respect for the environment in the Group’s logistical and supply chain operations.
The Group also produces a Sustainability Plan, to drive continuous improvement in the Group’s sustainability performance. The Sustainability Plan reports on the annual progress of existing and new targets, as well as actions to be implemented in order to reach these commitments.
The Sustainability Plan is part of the Sustainability Report, which is prepared on a voluntary basis applying the Global Reporting Initiative’s G4 guidelines (GRI - G4) - comprehensive approach, taking also into account international Integrated Reporting Framework principles and contents.
The Company’s sustainability model results in a variety of initiatives related to good corporate governance; environmentally responsible products, plants and processes; a healthy, safe and inclusive work environment; and constructive relationships with local communities and business partners, as these are the milestones along the Group’s path of continual improvement oriented to long-term value creation.
Over the years, the Group has placed particular emphasis on the reduction of polluting emissions, fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in:
- engines, by developing increasingly efficient technologies for conventional engines, expanding the use of alternative fuels (such as natural gas and biofuels), and developing alternative propulsion systems (such as hybrid or electric solutions), based on the specific energy needs and fuel availability of the various countries:
- production plants, by cutting energy consumption levels and promoting the use of renewable energy;
- transport activities, by increasing low-emission transport and involving our employees to reduce their commuting emissions;
- supplier activities, by promoting environmental responsibility and spreading the principles and culture of World Class Manufacturing;
- office-related activities, such as business travel, office activities and information technology emissions;
- eco-responsible driving behavior, by providing dealers and customers with information and training on vehicle use and maintenance.
The Company’s achievements in improving its sustainability performance have been recognized through inclusion in several leading sustainability indices. In particular, in 2014 the Company was included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index.