The winners of the first edition of the Sofidel Suppliers Sustainability Award were presented their awards in Lucca, near the Company’s home in Porcari. This award, the first of its kind in the tissue sector, is coherent with the Group’s commitment to promoting sustainable development. The aim of the award is to encourage, disseminate and promote environmental and social sustainability best practices and improvement actions among suppliers on a yearly basis.
Over 300 of the Group’s suppliers – from Italy and abroad – participated in the initiative. They were assessed using the “TenP – Sustainable Supply Chain Self-Assessment Platform”, created and promoted by the Global Compact Network Italia (GCNI) Foundation, of which the Sofidel Group is a “Founding Member and Sponsor”. A performance self-assessment tool, built on the UN Global Compact’s Ten Principles (“TenP”), which follows the most important and up-to-date international standards and conventions on sustainability.
Sofidel has reduced direct emissions of CO2 into the atmosphere by 17.8%
It takes into account human rights, working conditions, the environment and the fight against corruption, with the aim of identifying common challenges and solutions to improve sustainability in the supply chain.
“Launching this award is a natural evolution of our commitment to promoting responsible and sustainable growth which sees sustainability as a strategic lever for cultural and competitive development,” explains Luigi Lazzareschi, CEO of the Sofidel Group. “We have decided to promote this culture with our national and international partners by rewarding them for sustainable growth initiatives. This is because we are convinced that building a positive future for companies as well as for people and the whole world means moving towards an ever more widespread and shared commitment. Each of us, in our different fields and depending on our different roles, must take on new and broader responsibilities.”
The award event for the Sofidel Suppliers Sustainability Award was subjected to ISO 20121 sustainability certification by SGS (Société Générale de Surveillance), world leader for certification, inspection, audit and analysis services. This sustainability certification is the international standard that certifies an event’s zero impact on the environment based on parameters such as energy and water consumption and production of waste. SGS has ISO 20121 certified major events such as the Rio 2016 Olympics and the London 2012 Olympics and the 2016 UEFA European Football Championship.
The Sofidel Group
The Sofidel Group, located in Porcari, in the province of Lucca, is one of the major manufacturer of paper for hygienic and domestic uses (tissue) in the world. Founded in 1966 and particularly well-known in Italy for the Regina brand, the Group is present in 13 countries – Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Hungary, Greece, Romania, Turkey and the United States – and has over 5,500 employees. With more than one million tonnes in annual production capacity, the Group holds second place in Europe and sixth place worldwide in the sector, and in 2015 recorded a consolidated turnover of 1,809 million Euros. In its value chain, Sofidel places strategic importance on sustainability for growth and development, setting the reduction to a minimum of its own environmental impact and the maximisation of social benefits as objectives.
Sofidel places strategic importance on sustainability for growth and development
Sofidel, in fact, believes that companies have the responsibility of playing a fundamental role not only in terms of the production and distribution of goods and services, but also in the guaranteeing of long-term social and environmental advantages for stakeholders at all stages of the value chain. Sofidel is the first Italian manufacturer and the first company in the world from the tissue sector to join the WWF Climate Savers project, aimed at market-leading businesses with regards to the low carbon economy, which sets particularly ambitious objectives. As of today, Sofidel has reduced direct emissions of CO2 into the atmosphere by 17.8% thanks to investments in energy efficiency, in the use of cogeneration plants and the use of renewable energy sources.
Another fundamental area of action is the sourcing of cellulose from certified and managed sources (FSC, PEFC, SFI), which has reached a level of almost 100% (99.97% – 2015).
The Sofidel Group’s products and business lines
Sofidel’s production is divided among different business lines, according to the market served (consumer or business), the brand policies (brand or private label) or the product in question.
All the products are characterised by a number of common strengths, from innovation to safety, as well as well-being for people and the environment, with a view to responsible consumption. For all of its products, Sofidel guarantees the highest levels of comfort, hygiene, practicality and value for money for consumers in all situations (home, the workplace, public services, areas of intense traffic etc.), and respect for the most wide-spread international standards for self-monitoring in health and hygiene, for the highest possible levels in physical, chemical and biological safety.
The objective is to make products with an ever lower ecological impact which are, at the same time, ever more efficient; products that contain lower levels of natural capital thanks to higher levels of functional quality and to innovative performance.
Sofidel’s production is divided into four business lines, which bring together the reference brands:
≥ Brands, products for the consumer market aimed at families in the toilet paper, paper towel, napkin and handkerchief sectors (Group Brands: Regina, Softis, Le Trèfle, Sopalin, Nouvelle, Thirst Pockets, KittenSoft, Nalys, Cosynel, Yumy, Soft & Easy, Volare, Onda, Lycke, Forest).
≥ Private Labels, products for the consumer market sold with Large-Scale Distribution brand names or with other brands belonging to the Group, such as Nicky, Valenty, Florex, Daily, Talent, Temis and Tyril.
≥ Away from Home, products created for use outside of the domestic environment, from hotels to restaurants, from service stations to public buildings/hospitals (Group Brands: Papernet, Heavenly Soft).
≥ Rolls, semi-finished products for the transformation market.