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

Objectives declared in NFS17  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 scheduled for 2019. 2018
Installation of new facilities at the Italian Business Unit, in particular no. 1 sorting line at the Toano plant, no. 1 sorting line at the plant and no. 1 drying room at the Fiorano plant. The creation of the drying room at the Fiorano plant was postponed to 2019. 2018
Installation of new facilities at the Portuguese Business Unit: installation of a glazing line for large formats and increased production potential for double loading at the Ilhavo plant, no. 1 digital machine at the Aveiro plant. The objective has been achieved. 2018
Creation of new areas for the storage of the finished product at the Aveiro plant and redesign of logistics management for the Portuguese Business Unit. The objective has been achieved. 2018
Completion of the construction of the new Florida Tile showroom, covering an area of 400 sq. m at the Lexington site. The objective has been achieved. 2018
Extension of the covered area of the Fiorano Modenese plant for the expansion and optimisation of large format slab production. Objective confirmed for 2019. 2019

 

New Objectives  Target
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. 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. 2019

QUALITY AND ENVIRONMENT

Objectives declared in NFS17  Status  Progress  Target
Progressive introduction of EPDs (Environmental Product Declarations) for all porcelain stoneware and laminated stoneware collections by the Brands in the Italian Business Unit, through installation and use of dedicated software. The objective has been achieved. 2018
Upgrading of quality and environmental management systems to comply with the new ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 standards for the Italian and Portuguese Business Units. The objective has been achieved. 2018
Implementation of a quality management system certified according to ISO 9001:2015 for the US production plant. Objective suspended due to an internal assessment of an organizational nature that led to the choice of different priorities. 2018
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. Objective will be completed in 2019. 2018
Optimisation of management, purification and recovery of wastewater and sludge at the Italian plants. The objective has been achieved. 2018
Installation of ventilation systems to improve the working environment inside the press and spray-drying departments of the Florida Tile plant in Lawrenceburg. The objective has been achieved. 2018
Introduction of a structured recycling system at the offices of the Italian Business Unit and an awareness campaign for a “green” workplace. The objective has been achieved. 2018

 

New Objectives  Target
Partial replacement of fluorescent neon lights and installation of LED and magnetic induction lighting systems in the Ilhavo and Aveiro (Portugal) plants to obtain significant electricity reductions. 2019
Complete removal of asbestos roofing at the Fiorano Modenese (Italy) site and replacement with eco-friendly materials. 2019
Introduction of automatic washing systems for the glaze application machines to reduce water consumption at all the Italian plants. 2019
Installation of soundproofing systems in the Grinding department at the production sites in Portugal and the USA. 2019
Work on dust extraction systems to reduce airborne silica in the Lawrenceburg (USA) plant. 2019
Partial renovation of roofing in all of the Group’s plants, using eco-friendly materials. 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. 2019
Progressive elimination of lamination from communication tools. 2019

SUPPLY CHAIN

Objectives declared in NFS17  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. Objective confirmed for 2019. 2019
Development of an Impact Assessment and Risk Analysis of social and environmental impact in the supply chain. Objective confirmed for 2020. 2020

Governance

Objectives declared in NFS17  Status  Progress  Target
Commitment to the principles of the UN Global Compact. The objective has been achieved. 2018
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 was carried out, but these activities are also planned for 2019 and 2020. 2018
Formalisation of a Code of Ethics for the Group. The objective has been achieved. 2018
Adaptation to the new European privacy regulations. The objective has been achieved. 2018
Installation of a SAP information system to manage all of the Portuguese Business Unit’s processes. Objective confirmed for 2019. 2019

 

New Objectives  Target
Adaptation to the Italian legislation introducing obligatory “electronic invoicing”. 2019
First-time adoption of the IFRS 16 Accounting Standard in relation to lease and rental contracts. 2019

HUMAN RESOURCES

Objectives declared in NFS17  Status  Progress  Target
Implementation of a bonus system for managers linked to the company’s financial results. The bonus system concerns Commercial managers at the Italian Business Unit, as originally planned. 2018
Informative initiatives on Sustainability for employees, with dedicated meetings and periodic newsletters. The objective has been achieved. 2018
Introduction of scholarships for the employees at the Portuguese Business Unit as an incentive to achieve individual training objectives. Objective suspended in favour of other initiatives developed in 2018. 2018
A campaign for free and voluntary flu vaccinations for employees at the Italian Business Unit. The objective has been achieved. 2018
Introduction of new health and ergonomics courses in the Florida Tile plant and showrooms. The objective has been achieved. 2018
Introduction of emotional intelligence training courses for the Portuguese Business Unit. Objective suspended in favour of other initiatives developed in 2018. 2018
Creation of a reward system for employees who distinguish themselves in activities related to environmental protection (an “ecological merit award”) at all Business Units. Objective confirmed for 2019. 2019
Improvement of activities to listen to staff at the Italian and US Business Units (e.g. climate analysis, etc.) Objective confirmed for 2019. 2019

 

New Objectives  Target
Modification and extension of the drinking water distribution service for employees in the Italian Business Unit. 2019
Structured training plan for the sales force in the Italian Business Unit. 2019
Improvement of communication channel with employees, through a dedicated software in the Italian Business Unit. 2019

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