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 NFS19  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). The goal was partially completed and broken down into multiple goals in 2020 (plant interconnection and CE line certifications), identified below by the designation “Industry 4.0”. 2018
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; the achievement of the goal has been postponed to 2021 due to delays in the completion of the new building. 2018
Extension of the covered area of the Fiorano Modenese (Italy) plant for the expansion and optimisation of large format slab production. 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. The goal has been achieved. 2019
Installation of an innovative technology (“continuous line”) in the Finale Emilia (Italy) plant with expected goals compared to traditional lines of higher productivity, reduced electricity and gas consumption and expansion of the range of sizes that can be produced. The goal has been achieved. 2020
Installation of a new atomizer in the Finale Emilia (Italy) plant, featuring greater energy efficiency. Goal will be completed in 2021. 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 Ílhavo (Portugal). Goal will be completed in 2021. 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. The goal has been achieved. 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. Goal will be completed in 2021. 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. The goal has been achieved. 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. The goal has been achieved. 2020
Replacement of compressors at the Lawrenceburg plant (USA) with new, more energy efficient models. The goal has been achieved. 2020

 

New Goals  Target
Installation of a new lapping line and a new packaging line at the Finale Emilia site, enabling the processing and management of large formats (up to 180 cm side). 2021
Complete renovation of a production line at the Fiorano Modenese plant through the installation of a new press for forming large-format slabs, a multi-level dryer, a sorting line and a packaging line with an increase in production capacity and optimization of energy consumption. 2021
Alteration of the internal plant structure of the Fiorano Modenese plant with consequent improvement of the logistics and production organization and purchase of new laser-guided systems for the automatic handling of large-format plates, with consequent optimization of the productivity of the internal processing lines (grinding and lapping). 2021
Installation of a new pressing, drying and decoration line at the Aveiro plant, with a consequent increase in the production capacity of large-format tiles (up to 120×120 cm) and optimization of energy performance. 2021
Reorganization of the layout of the sanding and grinding department at the Ílhavo plant to optimize internal logistics and installation of soundproofing systems to improve noise levels. 2021
Replacement of an oven at the Finale Emilia site with a new plant featuring high production capacity and performance optimization in terms of energy consumption. 2022

QUALITY AND ENVIRONMENT

Goals declared in NFS19  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 2021. 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 will be completed in 2021 with the installation of the systems at the Ílhavo plant. 2019
Partial renovation of roofing in all of the Group’s plants, using eco-friendly materials. The goal has been achieved. 2019
Campaign to replace lead-acid batteries with lithium ones, which have a longer life and are less polluting, for automatic vehicles for handling finished products. Goal will be completed in 2021. 2019
Industry 4.0: achievement of CE line certifications in the plants in Finale Emilia and Toano (Italy). Goal postponed to 2021. 2020
Inclusion of hybrid cars in the Italian Business Unit’s Car Policy. Goal postponed to 2021. 2020
Replacement of 50% of the Portuguese Business Unit’s car fleet with hybrid cars. Goal will be completed in 2021. 2020
Optimisation of the filter dust recovery and treatment system in the Fiorano Modenese plant. Goal postponed to 2021. 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. The goal has been achieved. 2020

 

New Goals  Target
Further development of activities for the eco-friendly improvement of packaging with the replacement of “white” strapping (made of virgin plastic) with “green” strapping (made of regenerated plastic) in the plants of the Italian Business Unit. 2021
Implementation of dedicated internal logistics software (VMS) aimed at optimizing the management of material handling, resulting in lower fuel consumption and less pollution. 2021
Installation of a continuous seismic monitoring system at the Fiorano plant. 2021
Creation of a service model dedicated to active participation in projects related to the 110% Bonus for energy upgrading of Italian real estate. 2021
Total replacement of fluorescent neon lights with installation of LED and magnetic induction lighting systems at the Lawrenceburg (United States) plant to obtain significant electricity reductions. 2021
Request for accreditation on the EcoVadis platform to obtain a sustainability performance assessment. 2021

HUMAN RESOURCES

Goals declared in NFS19  Status  Progress  Target
Creation of a reward system for employees who distinguish themselves in activities related to sustainability issues “sustainability award” within all Business Units. A “sustainability award” was created within the Italian and Portuguese Business Units. It is planned to be extended to the U.S. Business Unit in 2022. 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 and Portuguese Business Units. It is planned to be extended to the U.S. Business Unit in 2021. 2019
Improvement of communication channel with employees, through dedicated software in the Italian Business Unit. The goal has been achieved. 2019
Implementation of at least one of the three projects awarded as part of the 2019 “Sustainability Award” in the Italian Business Unit. The goal has been achieved. 2020
Implementation of improvement initiatives linked to the results of staff listening activities carried out in 2019 in the Italian Business Unit. The goal has been achieved. 2020
Creation of Scholarships dedicated to the children of employees in the Italian Business Unit. Goal will be completed in 2021. 2020
Creation of a Solidarity Fund in the Italian Business Unit, with voluntary donations from employees for a specific charitable project. The goal has been achieved. 2020
Establishment of a “Sustainability Award” in the Portuguese Business Unit through an ideas competition open to the staff of Gres Panaria Portugal. The goal has been achieved. 2020
Staff listening initiative in the Portuguese Business Unit, in line with the methods adopted by the Group. The goal has been achieved. 2020

 

New Goals  Target
Free and optional offer of a specialist consultation service (posturologist, nutritionist, psychologist) in the Italian and Portuguese Business Units. 2021
Planned investments of €0.5 million for measures to reduce the risk of manual handling of loads (manipulators, automatic loaders) in the Italian Business Unit. 2021
Planned investments of €0.7 million for measures related to the safety and environmental comfort of employees (soundproofing systems and systems to reduce airborne dust) in the Italian Business Unit. 2021
Support for professional and academic training of employees of the Portuguese Business Unit, in collaboration with the AIDA Qualification Centre. 2021
Extension of the skills management and development system, already implemented for the Aveiro (Portugal) office, to the Ílhavo (Portugal) office. 2021
Development of a healthcare programme with ARC Healthcare (prevention, risk assessment and personal support programme for chronic diseases) in the US Business Unit. 2021
Development of training activities through the dedicated learning management system platform in the US Business Unit. 2021
Development of a staff listening initiative in the American Business Unit, in line with the methods adopted by the Group. 2021

SUPPLY CHAIN

Goals declared in NFS19  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 in the Portuguese Business Unit. The goal has been achieved. 2020
Development of an Impact Assessment and Risk Analysis of social and environmental impact in the supply chain in the Portuguese Business Unit. The goal has been achieved. 2020

 

Local community

New Goals  Target
Establishment of a Solidarity Fund for which all employees of the Italian Business Unit are eligible. 2021

Customers

Goals declared in NFS19  Status  Progress  Target
Development of stakeholder engagement for customers in the Italian Business Unit. Goal will be completed in 2021. 2020

 

New Goals  Target
Implementation of the VIS service in the American Business Unit to monitor supply quality in real time and give customers fast and comprehensive feedback, improving the after-sales service. Business Unit. 2021

Governance

Goals declared in NFS19  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 will be continued in 2020 and completed in 2021 with the expansion of the Fiorano site. 2018

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