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Newsletter
Year 2, no. 9
November - December 2014

THE NETWORK

The Global Compact Network Italy (GCNI) was established in 2002 to contribute to the development in Italy of the "Global Compact", a project designed to promote the culture of corporate citizenship launched, in 1999, by the then Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan.

Considering this objective, the Network operates as an information platform, giving support and coordination to Italian companies and organizations which resolve to share, support and employ a whole range of universal principles in matters of human rights, labour, environment and the fight against corruption, thereby contributing to the accomplishment of "a more wide-ranging and sustainable global economy".

In June 2013, the GCNI became legally established as the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation.

Currently, 39 organizations adhere to the Foundation as founders or participants.

NEWS FROM THE FOUNDATION

New adhesion to the GCNI Foundation. The Global Compact Network Italy Foundation Board of Directors, who met on 1st October, reviewed and approved the application presented by the Association of Diplomats for Foundation membership with "Participant" status. The Association, which joined the United Nations Global Compact in June, offers courses and training initiatives aimed at young people interested in pursuing a professional career in an international context, with particular attention to the issues of ethics and sustainable development.

To view the current list of organizations participating in the GCNI Foundation, click here

"Environment" Working Group: activities update. On 1st October the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation "Environment" Working Group met via a web-meeting. At the meeting, the Working Group analysed and discussed the preparatory document for the Workshop "Natural capital: accounting and accountability of the actors", co-organized by the GCNI Foundation and scheduled for 5th November 2014 as part of the Ecomondo initiative. In addition, as provided forin the meeting’s agenda, the Working Group shared Enel SpA’s testimony on the theme of "The ecosystem services in business management" during the course of thematic analysis and comparative analysis of business practices to which the Working Group is devoting part of its program activities. The next Working Group meeting will be dedicated to sharing new business cases and, as agreed at the last meeting, a "glossary" will be developed with the aim of clarifying the conceptual differences between the various issues related to the protection of the natural capital on which the Working Group is strongly committed through the implementation of many different activities.

For more information on the "Environment" Working Group activities, click here

Communication on Progress for SMEs Webinar. The first appointment of the Cycle of Webinars on the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) reporting instruments was held on 23rd October from 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. This cycle of webinars is sponsored by the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation and is open to all Italian organizations participating in the UNGC. The first webinar was designed specifically for small and medium-sized enterprises - SMEs participating in the United Nations Global Compact and interested in examining Communications on Progress as a reporting tool for the Global Compact’s Ten Principles; large companies participating in the UNGC and characterized by a reporting system on unstructured sustainability issues. The seminar focused on the technical aspects of the production process of the Communication on Progress - COP; on the selection and organization of the contents of the reporting document; and on how the document is transmitted to the United Nations Global Compact Office. At the end of the webinar the critical issues related to the work of drafting the COP were shared and discussed, in order to facilitate the identification of possible solutions through dialogue and discussion among participants. For information on upcoming events, please contact: l.lamberti@globalcompactnetwork.org

"Board of Directors and Sustainability Policies. How Sustainability and CSR are part of the agenda of the Board of Directors of Italian listed companies". 90% of the companies have integrated CSR issues into their Code of Ethics, 51% of the Boards consider and approve CSR policies while 42% combine real commitment with inclusion of social and environmental issues in the business plan: these are just some of the significant results from the research project "Board of Directors and Sustainability Policies. How Sustainability and CSR are part of the agenda of the Board of Directors of Italian listed companies”. Promoted by the CSR Manager Network in partnership with ASSONIME and Nedcommunity and conducted with researchers from Università Cattolica ALTIS, the research presents a picture of the level of involvement of the Board of Directors on corporate social responsibility issues, highlighting how CSR is becoming a prominent theme in the agendas of Boards of Directors of listed Italian companies. Research has revealed widespread analysis and approval of sustainability reports, a significant involvement of Boards of Directors in the approval of socio-environmental policies and - albeit to a more limited extent - the implementation of general policies into real objectives and commitments. The study concentrates mainly on companies listed on the FTSE-MIB compared with two benchmarks consisting of listed and large unlisted companies. The research deals with various aspects among which: the formalization of CSR within the strategic mission and vision of the company, the role of the Board in examining, approving and supervising CSR policies and the integration of these policies into the business plan. The CSR Manager Network is a national association that brings together CSR professionals from all types of organization. The complete study is available at http://www.csrmanagernetwork.it/ricerche/

UPCOMING INITIATIVES

Communications on Engagement for Global Compact non-business participants Webinar (4th November). The second webinar of Cycle of Webinars on the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) reporting instruments will be held on 4th November from 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. This cycle of webinars is sponsored by the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation and is open to all Italian organizations participating in the UNGC. The webinar target participants are to be made up of non-profit organizations interested in participating in the UNGC and in discussing Communications on Engagement as a means of reporting on the Global Compact’s Ten Principles. The seminar aims to provide participants with the tools necessary to produce and transmit their Communication on Engagement – COE to the Global Compact Office in New York. The meeting will open with a detailed illustration of the policy on the COE, recently introduced by the Global Compact Office and designed for non-business organizations participating in the initiative. Afterwards, the criteria to be used in the production of the document and how it should be transmitted to the Global Compact Office in New York will be shared and discussed.

Due to the interactive nature of the meeting, the seminar is limited to a maximum of ten active connections and registration is required.
To subscribe, contact: l.lamberti@globalcompactnetwork.org

"Natural capital: accounting and accountability of the stakeholders" Workshop (5th November, Rimini Fiera). As part of the States General of the Green Economy 2014, scheduled for 5th - 6th November at Rimini Fiera (trade show), there will be the "Natural capital: accounting and accountability of the stakeholders" Workshop organized in collaboration with the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation. The meeting is scheduled for 5th November, 3.00 – 6.00 p.m. At the workshop, set up as a study session and discussion on the topic, there will be four categories of participants: ecosystems services experts, economists (especially corporate) dealing with accounting and the economic promotion of biodiversity and ecosystem services, businesses and organizations that are trying out innovative practices in this field, and the institutions involved in these processes. Roberto Coizet - President, Edizioni Ambiente and Mark Frey - President, Global Compact Network Italy Foundation will coordinate the meeting.

To view the workshop program, click here
For further information and to register for the meeting, click here

Presentation Event for the TenP Platform - Sustainable Supply Chain Self-Assessment (10th November, Milan). Recognizing the importance that the supply chain plays in contributing to the improvement of sustainability performance and corporate competitiveness, the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation has promoted the creation of a platform aimed at supporting organizations in the collection and sharing of information on their suppliers’ sustainability practices. This was how the TenP – Sustainable Supply Chain Self-Assessment Platform was created, an innovative tool that allows companies to develop a supply chain approach in their strategies and business policies and to address the emerging challenges of sustainability through the development of collective solutions. The TenP Platform presentation event will be held on 10th November in Milan, at La Casa dell’Energia e dell’Ambiente (Piazza Po, 3). The event will begin at 10:30 a.m.

Participation is by invitation only.
For further information write to: tenp@globalcompactnetwork.org

GCNI Foundation’s "Anti-Corruption" Working Group meeting. On 14th November, from 10.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m., there will be the forthcoming meeting of the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation’s "Anti-Corruption" Working Group. The meeting will be hosted at the ENI headquarters, in Piazzale Enrico Mattei 1, Rome. After a series of meetings held via the Web, the Working Group decided to meet again in person to allow the newly participating company representatives (Edison SpA, Osram SpA, GDF Suez Energia Italia SpA, Maire Tecnimont SpA) to be able to introduce themselves in person to the Working Group. New corporate testimonies will be shared at the meeting, within the course of thematic analysis and comparative analysis focusing on the risk areas highlighted by the Matrix finalized by the Group last spring. The third topic on which the Working Group will focus is as follows: strategies and policies on corporate donations.

Presentation of the GCNI Foundation’s training on "Business and Human Rights" (10th December, Milan). The first trial of the training scheme on "Business and Human Rights" will be held on 10th December morning, in Milan, at the Edison headquarters. It has been developed by the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation (GCNI Foundation) with the aim of supporting its members in the dissemination of the culture of respect for human rights within their business operations. The training tool was create dusing the "United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights" as a reference framework. This tool will be presented as an important theoretical reference on the issues and a valuable tool for analysis of the operational aspects of the management of human rights in business. The meeting is open exclusively to firms and organizations that are members of the GCNI Foundation and will feature a highly participatory and interactive approach, through a combination of methods in order to share information and experiences. On this occasion, after a few months of inactivity, the GCNI Foundation’s "Human Rights" Working Group will be formally reactivated.

Communications on Progress Webinar - "Advanced" Level (15th December). The Global Compact Network Italy Foundation has organized an advanced level Communications on Progress webinar for 15th December. This is the third and final appointment of the Cycle of Webinars on the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) reporting instruments. This cycle of webinars is sponsored by the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation and is open to all Italian organizations participating in the UNGC. The target participants of this initiative are the UNGC member companies who are interested in examining the requirements for the change from "Active" to "Advanced" status within the Differentiation Program of the Communication on Progress started in 2011 by the Global Compact Office in New York. The seminar will focus on the qualification criteria of the Communication on Progress - COP as "Advanced". The self-assessment questionnaire that companies are required to fill in before transmitting the document to the Global Compact Office in order to qualify its COP as "Advanced", will be specifically analysed in detail as well at this meeting. Some best practices will be shared and discussed with the participants in an interactive manner.

Due to the interactive nature of the meeting, the seminar is limited to a maximum of ten active connections and registration is required.

To subscribe, contact: l.lamberti@globalcompactnetwork.org

NETWORK NEWS IN SHORT

FIGHT THE FOOD WASTE AT CA’ FOSCARI – INITIATIVES FOR THE EWWR

Ca’ Foscari University of Venice will join the EWWR - European Week for Waste Reduction, that will take place from 22nd to 30th November 2014. The edition of this year will focus on the issue of food waste and how to prevent it. For this occasion Sustainable Ca’ Foscari organizes a seminar on the 27th November at the conference hall of the new Scientific Campus in Via Torino, Mestre. At the seminar professors and researchers of the university will discuss with some entrepreneurial cases that deal these issues inside their own activity. The seminar will talk about the food waste from different point of view, including issues of recycling of wasted material in the food industry and the reduction of wastes. In this way the research of Ca’ Foscari on sustainability is highlighted. The initiative aims to promote the knowledge of these thematic and to sensitize the community on the food waste. During the week in the main sites of the university the bookcrossing project will start, in order to promote the sharing of the know-how and reduction of paper waste. It will be possible also to book a Special Tour LEED, a guided tour in Ca’ Foscari Palace with a particular focus on the work for the achievement of LEED certification.

For further information please visit the website of Sustainable Ca’ Foscari www.unive.it/nqcontent.cfm?a_id=132906

“ACTIVE AGEING IN ITALIAN COMPANIES”: THE ITALIAN SCENARIO AND THE RESULTS OF FONDAZIONE SODALITAS’ RESEARCH

In Italy the employment rates is consistently below the European average mainly due to the low Female employment rate (over 20 points less than Germany). Italian workers in the 55-64 years cluster increased significantly in the last 10 years (about +10%), rising from 29% in 2002 to 40% in 2012. In the coming years the age cluster 55-64 will grow further as a result of demographic projections and of the delay of retirement age (due to the recent reform of pension scheme). In 2014 Sodalitas Foundation, AIDP and Università Cattolica realized the online survey “Active Ageing in italian companies”, to understand how companies are facing the extension of working life and what kind of HR policies have been defined and implemented. 150 HR Manager answered the online questionnaire. The implementation of age management policies (at least one) has involved 83% of the companies with an average of 6 HR policies, focused on health and well-being (79% of companies and 34% of policies) and incentives and bonuses (70% of companies and 20% of policies). Out of those 6 an average of 4 HR policies were actually applied. The “best in class companies” (23%) can contribute to the definition of some important items concerning age management, particularly the less common ones (Training, Internal Mobility, and Integration between different age).

“NEW VISION OF VALUE” - THE ‘NEW VALUE’ ACCORDING TO KPMG

On September 2014, KPMG launched the report “ A new Vision of Value”, which presents an innovative methodology to measure the ‘True Value’ of the companies. It is about identifying positive and negative impacts on environment and society, measuring these impacts and comparing them with the financial results. The need for a new approach to value measurement comes from the necessity to answer to stakeholders’ requests, to face Megaforces at work (i.e. climate change, water scarcity and demographic trends) and to be prepared to new regulations and standards. The report describes in depth the proposed methodology and presents some specific case histories, which reflect the paradigm change around the concept of ‘Value’. One case history is about a brewery which, in a 2030 scenario, could see its earnings margin of 5% turned into a loss of 4%. Another case history is about a plastic plant whose EBITDA margin could be eroded by 7%.

A NEW IMPORTANT PROJECT IN ORDER TO VALUE THE LOCAL TERRITORY WITH DECO INDUSTRIE PRODUCING HEALTHY BISCUITS WITH ITALIAN FLOUR

Under the umbrella of Legacoop Romagna that has promoted an unprecedented alliance with four cooperatives, Conase, Terremerse, Promosagri, DecoIndustrie, and Molino Naldoni, these companies are sharing their know-how and experience with the aim to produce good and healthy food. The project involved twenty hectares, from Cervia to Argenta (Ferrara), thirty-six farms which are cultivating approximately 3,000 tons of wheat and flour that will be used to produce million kilograms of biscuits. Deco Industrie is part of this process as will be able to produce the new line of healthy biscuits within Christmas time: "It is an unique project – said CEO Giorgio Dal Prato - because we want to integrate our local resources in a chain from the seed to the biscuit. This means less km, less pollution and integrations with our local resources. We don’t need to buy flour abroad we can help the local community and strengthen our economy”. The fields have been already sown in June and we count to have enough wheat and flour for first cookies on the shelves in December – said Dal Prato - to make good biscuits we need good materials, until now we were forced to import grains or flours from France and Germany. It was from this awareness: a real need that we decide to find a solution within our province with a positive impact for our economy”. Deco Industrie produces 60 million boxes of biscuits sweet and bread substituted products such as Piadina Loriana a typical flatbread of the regional traditional culinary Emilia-Romagna. The company has diversified its business in different areas of interest, detergent with its own brand Scala and food with its brands Pineta and Loriana, but Deco Industrie works with the main National and International industrial clients.

WORKERS' RIGHTS: SALINI IMPREGILO, FENEAL UIL – FILCA CISL – FILLEA CGIL AND BWI SIGN INTERNATIONAL FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT

Salini Impregilo and the National and International Construction Unions – Feneal Uil, Filca Cisl, Fillea Cgil, BWI – have signed an International Framework Agreement under which the parties agree to promote and to respect, at all worksites where the Italian Group operates, the fundamental human rights principles, as defined by the key international declarations of the United Nations, the International Labour Organisation and the OECD. Given the international importance of Salini Impregilo’s activities, the Agreement was signed with the Italian Construction Unions, Feneal UIL, Filca CISL and Fillea CGIL, in addition to the BWI (Building and Wood Worker's International), which comprises roughly 326 unions representing some 12 million members in 130 countries. Its mission is to promote union development in the sectors of Construction and Wood throughout the world, and to reinforce the rights of workers within a scenario of sustainable development. By signing this Agreement, Salini Impregilo continues to be the only company in the industry to sign an agreement with national and international unions for workers' rights at all of the work sites around the world in which it operates. With this Agreement, the Parties acknowledge the importance of promoting and adopting open and democratic industrial relations in all countries in which the Group operates, in conjunction with transparent collective bargaining procedures between union representatives and members of the Salini Impregilo Group. The Agreement aims to become a reference model for the improvement of working conditions in the countries in which the Group is present.

SALINI IMPREGILO ADHERES TO THE CARBON DISCLOSURE PROJECT

Salini Impregilo has taken another important step forward in terms of transparency and environmental sustainability adhering to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), the global system that allowsto measure, compare and share information on the environmental performance of approximately 2,000 companies around the world. By joining the CDP, Salini Impregilo confirms its commitment to promote the sustainable development undertaking to respond to the requests of more than 700 international institutional investors committed to sustainability with assets of US$92 trillion. For this purpose, the Group gives voluntarily public disclosure to the greenhouse gas emissions and to the strategies carried out in the management of the climate change issues. In the first year of adhesion to the program "Climate Change 2014" Salini Impregilo won a very good rating, equal to 85B, with a score of 85/100 regarding the disclosure and the evaluation of B-level (on an increasing scale from D to A) regarding the performance achieved during the period.

For further information and the download the completed questionnaire, visit the link https://www.cdp.net/en-US/Results/Pages/Company-Responses.aspx?company=8892

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