Ethics and social responsibilities
For us here at Fruttagel, sustainability means acting on several fronts, with the understanding that development cannot be separated from social, as well as economic, growth, and that goes hand in hand with protecting the environment. For this reason we consider Corporate Social Responsibility an essential element of being a cooperative enterprise and of our actions within that scope.
We have been reporting our activities in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility since 2006, when our first Social Report was drawn up, and it has been enriched year after year with new chapters and sections. Alongside our 2014 report, we started working towards moving from a Social Report to a Sustainability Report, with a more precise identification of areas and policies to be submitted to the attention and involvement of our main stakeholders.
The Sustainability Report is now an essential part of our way of doing business, presented annually at the Shareholders’ Meeting together with the Financial Statements, and is deeply integrated into our Business Plan.
For the three-year period 2017-2019, our Sustainability Report identifies and describes in detail the actions we consider to be priorities for each area.
(Disclosure Management Approach)
|1||Contributing shareholders: increase in organic commitments||Developing organic crops in the medium term by retained contributing shareholders|
|2||Clients and “organic marketing”||Working on our clients’ side to promote/strengthen organic products|
|3||Foreign business development||Opening and developing a foreign market segment|
|4||Training, information||Retaining and categorizing the work and behavior of employees|
|5||Community/territory||Support to entrepeneurial and social development at a local level; circular economy|
|6||Company welfare||Programs and initiatives to categorize employment status|
|7||Membership and Code||Employee participation in defining the rules system (Charter) and the revision of the Code|
|8||Supplier qualification||Coordination/optimization of goods and services supply policies|
products and processes
|Initiatives and projects to produce greater value and sustainability|
|10||Environmental sustainability||Guaranteeing the reduction in the use of energy and rationing the use of energy and resources|
ScopeContributing shareholders: increase in organic commitments Clients and “organic marketing” Foreign business development Training, information Community/territory Company welfare Membership and Code Supplier qualification Innovation: products and processes Environmental sustainability
DMADeveloping organic crops in the medium term by retained contributing shareholders Working on our clients’ side to promote/strengthen organic products Opening and developing a foreign market segment Retaining and categorizing the work and behavior of employees Support to entrepeneurial and social development at a local level; circular economy Programs and initiatives to categorize employment status Employee participation in defining the rules system (Charter) and the revision of the Code Coordination/optimization of goods and services supply policies Initiatives and projects to produce greater value and sustainability Guaranteeing the reduction in the use of energy and rationing the use of energy and resources
Sustainable development guides our medium-long term strategies, through which we are committed to making our contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals identified by the UN 2030 Agenda.
In particular, we are committed to achieving the objectives n. 2,6, 7, 8, 12 and 13.
UN Objective n. 2
Ending hunger, achieving food security, improving nutrition and promoting sustainable agriculture
UN Objective n. 6
Guaranteeing the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation to all.
UN Objective n. 7
Ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy systems for all
UN Objective n. 8
Encouraging lasting, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
UN Objective n. 12
Guaranteeing sustainable production and consumption patterns
UN Objective n. 13
Promoting actions, at all levels, to combat climate change
What we have done
The environment and enhancement of the supply chain:
- a water purifier (Alfonsine plant): enabled us to recover in 2018 about 220,000 cubic meters of water and to emit 563,000 cubic meters (with possibilities of increasing this up to 750,000);
- cogeneration plant: tested in March 2017, the plant allowed us during the 2017/2018 period to cover an average of 28% of electric power used for the operation of Alfonsine plant. Furthermore, part of the heat produced by the cogenerator motors is recovered thanks to the combined energy and thermal efficiency, in the form of steam and hot water, allowing a lower use of the thermal plant;
- a new frozen automated warehouse which is expected to be built by 2020 (also in Alfonsine) which will make it possible to travel 130 000 km less on the road, save 47,000 liters of diesel and reduce the emission of over 120 tons of CO2;
- a special plant for the extraction of legumes and cereals made at Alfonsine with advantages both for producers and in terms of efficiency and a further guarantee of quality of the final product;
- packaging for frozen vegetables that is entirely compostable, Ok Compost-certified in accordance with the UNI EN 13432: 2002 standard by TÜV Austria, made of bioplastic that can be disposed of using the organic waste collection boxes;
Defining and adopting the ethical and moral values with which all the operators dealing with Fruttagel are called to characterize their business and their relationships with the company is, for us, an integral part of being a responsible company. For this reason, since 2009 we have adopted a Code of Ethics and an Organizational Model drawn up pursuant to Legislative Decree n. 231/2001 and in 2017, in order to strengthen a culture of work in a cooperative sense and a sense of belonging to the company, our employees have developed a proper Membership Charter, which identifies the ethical, dutiful, virtuous and sustainable behaviors that each employee is called upon to adopt and request from others.
High quality and well-being through food:
- organic food development: 22% of the fruit and vegetables we process are organic;
- checks: we carry out over 450 000 internal analyses and 855 external analyses of our products;
- dietary education: we promote correct dietary habits and sustainable lifestyles with projects dedicated in particular to the younger generations.
- certifications: our work is corroborated and substantiated by numerous certifications. See them here
We work towards the incentivization of a continued career, characterized by a strong stability in working relationships and a great commitment for a state-of-the-art contractualization in terms of welfare, which assigns a fundamental role to the support measures dedicated to the needs of employees in the social, welfare and supportive aspects of the work-life balance.
The educational project
For us at Fruttagel, working with a sustainable development perspective means promoting proper nutrition and sustainable lifestyles among the younger generations. These principles distinguish our business activity both on the production front and in the relationship with customers and consumers and guide the promotion of projects dedicated in particular to the new generations.
With the initiative “From the field to the school desk with Ortilio”, aimed at primary schools in Alfonsine and Ravenna, we support the adoption of healthy lifestyles and correct and balanced eating habits among the younger generations and in families, enhancing the quality and genuineness of the food supply chain and promoting environmentally friendly behavior.
The course provides a series of educational experiences for the classes, developed in line with the national indications for the primary school and the Education Provision Plans (POF in Italian), and the possibility of participating in an educational competition dedicated each year to a different theme, linked to the environment, to proper nutrition and to healthy and sustainable lifestyles. The project, launched in 2014, involved over 420 classes of students in the area.
To learn more, visit the site educational.fruttagel.it.