The new Sustainability Report shows an approach that is directing the company's activities towards a more articulated and structured perspective on energy saving, circular economy, emission reduction, customer service, safety and quality of life for employees and collaborators

Environmental protection, sustainability, and the fight against climate change are 'vital' topics in this early part of the Third Millennium. People are becoming increasingly interested in issues related to the future of the Earth, particularly the younger generations. Attitudes and choices that impact, inevitably, on companies. Without respect for the planet, the management of its resources, and attention to future generations, it is not possible to imagine a sustainable tomorrow. In this scenario, if it is true that the Earth is not an inheritance received from our ancestors but a loan to be returned to our children, companies too are called upon to make their contribution, promoting virtuous, responsible, sustainable behaviour. It must be said that general attention to the environment, from this point of view, is increasing and companies, in the wake of Agenda 2030 and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, are doing their part. The PNRR itself goes in this direction: 59.47 billion (about 37% of the total funds) have been allocated to the green revolution and ecological transition.

A journey begun years ago

With the publication of its second Sustainability Report, Gruppo Mastrotto continues its Sustainability Journey, a journey begun years ago that starts with one of the oldest products of the circular economy: leather. 100% renewable, 100% of organic origin, 100% by-product of the food chain ennobled through state-of-the-art technological processes, leather gives life to new products (for the upholstery, footwear, leather goods, car interiors, nautical and aviation sectors) characterised by high durability and representing the excellence of Made in Italy at international level. A process carried out by a company that has made technological innovation, the ability to anticipate style trends, attention to customer needs, worker safety and environmental protection its cornerstones.

A better world for future generations

"Our Sustainability Journey," explains Chiara Mastrotto, president of the Group, "starts from the awareness that, being a global company, our choices in terms of production processes, distribution, sales, supply of raw materials and energy, human resources management, waste and waste treatment have and will have a social, economic and environmental impact, and that the progressive reduction of this impact must be the main objective of our choices in order to guarantee a better world for future generations.

A systemic approach

"From this new Report," continues Mastrotto, "a systemic approach to sustainability emerges, thanks to an organic identification of future company objectives and activities, as well as an improvement in the processes of listening to and involving our stakeholders through questionnaires and interviews. What began as a reporting tool has now become for us a strong element of corporate orientation, which sees a strategic approach to sustainability, a key factor in the development of our company'.

Environment, economy and society

For a company in the tanning sector (which requires inputs such as water, energy and chemical additives and originates outputs represented by water discharges, waste and emissions), the commitment to sustainability issues involves important areas of intervention such as environment, economy and society. On the environmental front, the Report recounts a 51% reduction in CO2 emissions and a 23% reduction in waste production, a 100% supply of electricity from certified renewable sources, and the Gold Rating (maximum recognition of the LWG - Leather Working Group - certification), with a raw material traceability score of 85/100, among the highest in the sector. The novelty is the achievement of Carbon Neutrality of scope 1 (direct emissions generated by the company, the source of which is owned or controlled by the company) and scope 2 (indirect emissions generated by the energy purchased and consumed by the company) of the 40 collections and 1500 colours of leather of Gruppo Mastrotto Express, a leather service for prompt delivery.

The link with the territory

In the economic sphere, over the three-year period 2019-2021, more than 50% of the average value of purchases went to Italian suppliers, highlighting the link with the national territory. The new edition of the Code of Ethics and adherence to the United Nations Global Compact, the most extensive international corporate citizenship programme, confirm the Group's desire to achieve balanced, lasting and inclusive corporate development. The Code of Ethics commits suppliers of leather and chemicals to comply with important ethical, social and environmental standards. A transparency towards stakeholders that is also expressed through networking, discussion and training on sustainability issues carried out with schools, universities and customers.

Welfare and company services

As far as social aspects are concerned, the Group distributed almost 60% of its added value to employees and collaborators, and a survey was also launched among employees to find out which services were most useful in terms of strengthening the welfare system. Numerous initiatives were undertaken to support the local area: donation of trees to the community, scholarships for school merit to employees' children, and support for local hospitals through the donation of diagnostic equipment.

What remains to be done

'There is still a lot to be done in terms of sustainability,' Chiara Mastrotto concludes, 'and the international scenario, complicated at the moment by ongoing conflicts, the energy crisis, difficulties in the supply of raw materials and rising inflation, if on the one hand obliges caution, on the other makes an active commitment to truly social, economic and environmental sustainability important and cannot be delegated.