Panariagroup has published its 2020 Non-Financial Statement in compliance with current legislation. The official presentation will follow shortly.

Panariagroup aims to improve its impact on society in economic, social and environmental terms; for this reason, each year specific sustainability objectives to be implemented are announced. These represent a commitment that the Group makes towards its stakeholders.

BUSINESS ISSUES

Goals declared in NFS18  Status  Progress  Target
Industry 4.0: adherence to digitization incentives (Article 3 of Legislative Decree no. 145 of 23 December 2013, as replaced by Article 1, paragraph 35 of the 2015 Stability Law and amended in the 2017 Budget Law) Investments were made for the purchase of new machinery. The interconnection of the facilities, a fundamental prerequisite for certifying investment in the “Industry 4.0” program, is planned for 2020 and will determine the achievement of the fiscal target. 2018
Extension of the covered area of the Fiorano Modenese (Italy) plant for the expansion and optimisation of large format slab production. Work has started and is expected to be completed by 2020. 2019
Installation of new facilities at the Italian Business Unit, in particular no. 1 sorting line at the Toano plant, no. 1 sorting line and no. 1 drying room at the Fiorano plant. Sorting lines for the Toano and Fiorano plants have been installed. The construction of the drying room at the Fiorano plant is subject to site expansion work. 2018
Installation and launch of a dry-grinding line in the Finale Emilia plant, enabling recovery of powders during the milling of the mix and a consequent reduction in the production of waste (sludge) compared to when using a wet system. The goal has been achieved. 2019
Installation and launch of a dry-grinding and polishing line in the Aveiro plant, enabling recovery of powders during the milling of the mix and a consequent reduction in the production of waste (sludge) compared to when using a wet system. Goal postponed to 2020. 2019

 

New Goals  Target
Installation of an innovative technology (“continuous line”) in the Finale Emilia (Italy) plant with expected objectives compared to traditional lines of higher productivity, reduced electricity and gas consumption and expansion of the range of sizes that can be produced. 2020
Installation of a new atomizer in the Finale Emilia (Italy) plant, featuring greater energy efficiency. 2020
Industry 4.0: installation of a system of plant supervision and interconnection with the production lines in the plants of Finale Emilia and Toano (Italy), Aveiro and Íhavo (Portugal). 2020
Purchase of new internal handling machines (LGVs) at the Fiorano Modenese plant (Italy), with improved plant utilization, an increase in internally processed material and a consequent reduction in transport to external suppliers and savings in processing costs. 2020
Installation of new load compensators for the kilns in the Fiorano Modenese (Italy) plant, enabling increased filling of the kilns and consequent higher productivity and reduction of electricity and gas consumption. 2020
Installation and launch of a dry-grinding and polishing line in the Lawrenceburg (USA) plant, enabling recovery of powders during the milling of the mix and a consequent reduction in the production of waste (sludge) compared to when using a wet system. 2020
Installation of a mill to recover fired waste in the Lawrenceburg (USA) plant, with an increase in recoverable fired waste in the mix (up to 8%), reduced raw material consumption, and increased productivity and energy performance of the continuous mill. 2020
Replacement of compressors at the Lawrenceburg plant (USA) with new, more energy efficient models. 2020

QUALITY AND ENVIRONMENT

Goals declared in NFS18  Status  Progress  Target
Total replacement of fluorescent neon lights with installation of LED and magnetic induction lighting systems at the Toano plant (Italy) to significantly reduce electricity consumption. Goal will be completed in 2020. 2018
Partial replacement of fluorescent neon lights and installation of LED and magnetic induction lighting systems in the Ílhavo and Aveiro (Portugal) plants to obtain significant electricity reductions. Goal suspended due to an internal assessment of an organizational nature that led to the choice of different priorities. 2019
Complete removal of asbestos roofing at the Fiorano Modenese (Italy) site and replacement with eco-friendly materials. The goal has been achieved. 2019
Introduction of automatic washing systems for the glaze application machines to reduce water consumption at all the Italian plants. The goal has been achieved. 2019
Installation of soundproofing systems in the grinding department at the production sites in Portugal and the USA. The goal has been achieved. 2019
Work on dust extraction systems to reduce airborne silica in the Lawrenceburg (USA) plant. The goal has been achieved. 2019
Partial renovation of roofing in all of the Group’s plants, using eco-friendly materials. Goal will be completed in 2020. 2019
Campaign to replace lead-acid batteries with lithium batteries, which have a longer life and are less polluting, for automatic vehicles for handling finished products.. Goal will be completed in 2020. 2019
Progressive elimination of lamination from communication tools. The goal has been achieved. 2019

 

New Goals  Target
Industry 4.0: achievement of CE line certifications in the plants in Finale Emilia and Toano (Italy). 2020
Inclusion of hybrid cars in the Italian Business Unit’s Car Policy. 2020
Replacement of 50% of the Portuguese Business Unit’s car fleet with hybrid cars. 2020
Optimisation of the filter dust recovery and treatment system in the Fiorano Modenese plant. 2020
Certification of the new MAXA (NSF) large slab line, which is intended for the furnishing accessories segment and designed to be suitable for food contact. 2020

HUMAN RESOURCES

Goals declared in NFS18  Status  Progress  Target
Creation of a reward system for employees who distinguish themselves in activities related to environmental protection (an “ecological merit award”) in all Business Units. An “ecological merit award” has been created in the Italian Business Unit. An extension of the foreign Business Units is planned over the next two years. 2019
Improvement of activities to listen to staff in the Italian and US Business Units (e.g. climate analysis, etc.). An initiative to listen to staff has been created at the Italian business Unit. An extension of the foreign Business Units is planned over the next two years. 2019
Modification and extension of the drinking water distribution service for employees in the Italian Business Unit. The goal has been achieved. 2019
Structured training plan for the sales force in the Italian Business Unit. The goal has been achieved. 2019
Improvement of communication channel with employees, through dedicated software in the Italian Business Unit. Goal will be completed in 2020. 2019

 

New Goals  Target
Implementation of at least one of the three projects awarded as part of the 2019 “Sustainability Award” in the Italian Business Unit. 2020
Implementation of improvement initiatives linked to the results of staff listening activities carried out in 2019 in the Italian Business Unit. 2020
Creation of Scholarships dedicated to the children of employees in the Italian Business Unit. 2020
Creation of a Solidarity Fund in the Italian Business Unit, with voluntary donations from employees for a specific charitable project. 2020
Establishment of a “Sustainability Award” in the Portuguese Business Unit through an ideas competition open to the staff of Gres Panaria Portugal. 2020
Staff listening initiative in the Portuguese Business Unit, in line with the methods adopted by the Group. 2020

SUPPLY CHAIN

Goals declared in NFS18  Status  Progress  Target
Introduction of a standardized system to assess new suppliers on the basis of social and environmental criteria, as well as criteria related to human and workers’ rights. The goal has been achieved. 2019
Development of an Impact Assessment and Risk Analysis of social and environmental impact in the supply chain. Goal confirmed for 2020. 2020

 

New Goals  Target
Introduction of a standardized system to assess new suppliers on the basis of social and environmental criteria, as well as criteria related to human and workers’ rights in the Portuguese Business Unit. 2020
Development of an Impact Assessment and Risk Analysis of social and environmental impact in the supply chain in the Portuguese Business Unit. 2020

Customers

New Goals  Target
Development of stakeholder engagement for customers in the Italian Business Unit. 2020

Governance

Goals declared in NFS18  Status  Progress  Target
Improvement of the access control system at the Italian Business Unit’s sites, through installation of dedicated IT supports. The first part of the work has been carried out and is scheduled to continue in 2020. 2018
Installation of a SAP information system to manage all of the Portuguese Business Unit’s processes. The goal has been achieved. 2019
Adaptation to the Italian legislation introducing obligatory “electronic invoicing”. The goal has been achieved. 2019
First-time adoption of the IFRS 16 Accounting Standard in relation to lease and rental contracts. The goal has been achieved. 2019

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