Sustainability plan




The Sustainability Plan represents the strategic vision of the Group in the area of sustainability and is the essential instrument for setting our objectives as well as the activities and plans we intend to use in order to reach them.

Plan sets 18 sustainability objectives and 43 concrete actions which must be undertaken in order to achieve them.

 

Each objective is related to a specific macro-area (Governance, Economic responsibility, Product responsibility, Responsibility towards human resources, Social responsibility, and Environmental responsibility) and to the related issues in each sector.

 

The objectives of the El.En. Group contribute to the achievement of nine of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) promoted by the United Nations and published in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which the Group recognizes as relevant for its business and in line with its goals;

The objectives of the Plan are updated every year and take into consideration the results which have been achieved and those which still need to be reached as well as the new issues which have emerged over time.

The chart below shows the objectives contained in the plan, the results achieved and the goals for the next few years.


Governance



1) Implementation of a corporate governance of sustainability

Actions Results 2020 Objectives 2021 - 2022

 

  • Instruct the Executive Administrator in charge of the system of internal controls and risks to define the strategic points of Sustainability, of the Plan and the examination of the Consolidated Non-financial Statement;

  • We entrusted the Commission for Controls and Risks with the examination of the Company policies and objectives related to sustainability issues and the supervision of the Sustainability Plan and integrate the Regulation of the Commission with these functions. The Board of Directors entrusted the Executive Administrator with the amount budgeted.

The Bord of Directors instructed the Executive Administrator as directed.
  • To assure that the company maintains all of the initiatives intended to guarantee the mid- to long-term sustainability of the company activities that are beneficial to the stakeholders in compliance with regulations.

2) Dialogue with the stakeholders

Actions Results 2020 Objectives 2021 - 2022
  • Issuing and distribution of a questionnaire related to sustainability topics to all employees;
 
  • Re-enforcement of dialogue with the stakeholders.
 
  • We submitted the materiality questionnaire to 320 employees of the subsidiary companies (in the three year period 2018- 2020 the employees of 11 companies of the Group were involved);
 
  • We submitted the materiality questionnaire to a sample of suppliers of the subsidiary companies both in Italy and abroad (in the three year period 2018-2020 the suppliers of 5 of the companies in the Group were involved);
 
  • We participated in events promoted by local institutions to discuss the main topics and sustainability initiatives in the territory and meetings with local and national institutions in order to promote sustainability projects;
 
  • We participated in research and sustainability ratings on behalf of investors.
 
  • Distribute the sustainability questionnaire to all of the employees of the Group;
 
  • Extend the questionnaire also including parts to collect opinions, suggestions and assessments;


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  • Carry out new stakeholder engagement and meetings with other stakeholder categories.

3) Promotion of a sustainability culture

Actions Results 2020 Objectives 2021 - 2022
  • Conduct training sessions on the objectives contained in the Sustainability Plan and the actions that must be taken in order to reach them;
 
  • Organize training meetings in class or via web in order to create awareness in the employees on sustainability issues.

 

  • We conducted promotion campaigns on sustainability issues by giving our employees, suppliers and clients the documents that have been published;
 
  • We edited a Synthesis of the Sustainability Report to improve the availability of the main issues and we distributed it mainly to employees and clients;
 
  • We developed a section for sustainability issues on our site www. elengroup.com. which will be available starting in May 2021.
  • To conduct training sessions on sustainability sessions on sustainability issues for some categories of employees in all of the companies belonging to the Group;
  • Create work groups dedicated to sustainability issues;
  • We created on-line training concerning social and environmental themes and Company policies;
  • We created a Sustainability Section on our on-line site.

4) Active and passive anti-corruption fight

Actions Results 2020 Objectives 2021 - 2022
  • We worked to Prevent corruption in all spheres of influence;

  • We conducted training on the Ethics Code of the Group.
  • We conducted a specific training course for directors and executives of the subsidiaries of the El.En. Group which was called “Anticorruption, Ethics Code and Human Rights” (177 employees were involved);

  • the Anticorruption Policy approved by El.En has recently been adopted by all of the subsidiary companies and brought to the attention of all of the employees of the Group;

  • We continued with the training courses on Model 231 for the employees of the Italian subsidiaries that adopted it.
  • Creation of specific on-line training for some categories of employees with response and certification that the test has been passed.
 
  • Continuation of the training sessions based on Model 231 for all of the employees of the Italian subsidiaries that have adopted it;
 
  • We distributed the Ethics Code and conducted an initial specific training course in all of the subsidiary companies.

 


Economic responsibility



5) Creating sustainable value

Actions Results 2020 Objectives 2021 - 2022
  • Conduct the activities of the company so that they create the conditions for a sustainable and economical development.

 

  • We increased our sustainability reporting through the identification of all of the steps, the persons involved and the necessary documentation in order to write the NFD in conformity with the GRI accounting standards approved by the Committee for Controls and Risks.
  • To guarantee the satisfaction and meet the expectations of all the stakeholders by achieving the objectives outlined in the Sustainability Plan.

6) Promotion of a culture and sustainable procurement practices

Actions Results 2020 Objectives 2021 - 2022
  • Definition and promotion of social, environmental and ethical standards amongst our suppliers.
  • We continued spreading the social, ethical and environmental standards for the suppliers of the Parent Company and some of the subsidiary companies by submitting questionnaires and sending them our sustainability documents.

 

  • To increase awareness and training of our suppliers in relation to ESG issues.

7) Carry out checks on suppliers during the selection phase, taking into account social and environmental criteria

Actions Results 2020 Objectives 2021 - 2022
  • Promotion of good sustainability practices at our suppliers’
  • To the check-list of the qualification audit used for selecting suppliers of critical components we added questions concerning social and environmental issues also for Quanta System S.p.A. and ASA S.r.l.

 




  •  To guarantee the level of uniformity in compliance to their standards and the respect of a sustainable supply chain.


Human resource responsibility



8) Guaranteeing health and safety in the workplace

Actions Results 2020 Objectives 2021 -2022
  • Promotion of a culture of health and safety in the workplace;
 
  • Conducting the activities that every company follows in relation to health and safety and then proceed to the definition of a procedure for the collective activities.
  • We conducted over 2900 hours in training courses related to health and safety.


  • To continue to promote training tools and information on health and safety for the employees.

9) Increasing the well-being of the employees

Actions Results 2020 Objectives 2021 - 2022
  •  Improvement of the well-being of the employees during the working hours;
 
  • Spread of a culture of well-being through programs aimed at encouraging a healthy life style;
 
  • Definition of programs to guarantee access to the best health and welfare services;
 
  • Annual surveys of employees related to the internal climate conditions.

 

  • We completed the project for the remodeling of the rooms of the companies in Calenzano;
 
  • We completed the remodeling of the medical and industrial production lines of El.En. S.p.A.;
 
  • We inaugurated the Chinese "Green Factory" the second manufacturing building of the Chinese subsidiary Penta Laser Wenzhou.
  • To continue with well-being initiatives;

 

  • To start an awareness program related to the spread of a wellness culture;

 

  • To conduct an annual survey of the employees in retain to internal climate conditions.

10) Promotion of the training and enhancement of human capital

Actions Results 2020 Objectives 2020 - 2022
  • Definition and implementation of training and development programs;
 
  • Attract young resources through partnerships with universities and research centers.

 

  • We conducted over 27.100 hours of training courses at a consolidated level;
 
  • The Human Rights Policy approved by El.En. was adopted by all of the subsidiary companies and distributed to all of the employees of the Group;
 
  • We conducted a specific training course for the directors and executives of all of the subsidiaries of the El.En. Group which was called “Anticorruption, Ethics Code and Human Rights” and involved 177 employees.
  • To increase awareness and re-enforce the perception of People in terms of issues of diversity and human rights;
 
  • To continue to initiate partnerships with universities and research centers.
 


Social responsibility



11) Expansion of positive social impact through our products

Actions Results 2020 Objectives 2021 - 2022
  • To issue instruments and solutions on the market which make it possible to improve the patient’s quality of life;
 
  • To issue on to the market technologies for industrial applications which reduce the environmental impact and consumption of resources and improve the quality and productivity of work.

 

  • In the medical sector research and development of new laser systems or the improvement of pre-existing ones so that an increased percentage of the population can benefit from the innovative technologies that can improve their well-being.
 
  • In the industrial sector, research and development to improve the flexibility and decrease consumption of electrical energy of the production systems.
 
  • In the sector of conservation, we developed and improved the instruments used for the restoration of works of art.

 



  • To continue to issue high performance products on the market.

 

12) Support of non-profit organizations, foundations and scientific laboratories

Actions Results 2020 Objectives 2021 - 2022
  • Support of non-profit organizations, foundations and scientific laboratories by assisting them in the use of the new technologies which are available to patients.

 




  • We supported non-profit organizations and foundations with donations of money.
 
  • We also supported some organizations through the donation or loan of laser equipment at no cost, both for long-term use and for ad-hoc projects.
  •  To increase the well-being of people who make use of the services offered by non-profit organizations and foundations.

13) Contributing to the conservation of the world’s artistic heritage

Actions Results 2020 Objectives 2021 - 2022
  • Support of the conservation of the world’s artistic heritage.
  • We supported some organizations through the donation or loan of laser equipment at no cost, both for long-term use and for ad-hoc projects.
 
  • To continue to protect the world’s artistic heritage in order to preserve its beauty for future generations.

14) Strengthening relations with the community

Actions Results 2020 Objectives 2021 - 2022
  • Promotion of indicatives which contribute to the growth of the local community also through partnerships with associations and non-profit organizations;
 
  • Promotion of alternating school-work programs and curricular and extra-curricular apprenticeships.
 
  • During this year we have sponsored some non-profit associations in the communities in which the Group operates;
 
  • We have developed alternating school-work projects and curricular and extra-curricular apprenticeships.
  •  Continued support of initiatives promoting the social and economic development of the local community in which the Group operates.


Product responsibility



15) Guaranteeing the highest level of quality of the product and compliance with technical standards

Actions Results 2020 Objectives 2021 - 2022
  •  Continual improvement of the quality and respect of the technical standards in every phase of manufacturing.
  • We obtained the ISO 50001 in energy efficiency and ISO 45001 on Health and Safety for the Chinese subsidiary Wenzhou;
 
  • We maintain all of the certifications now valid for the companies belonging to the Group.

 

  • To insure that the requirements for quality of the processes, in line with the expectations of the market, are respected in an efficient and integrated manner.

16) Investing in innovation, research and development to benefit the progress of scientific knowledge

Actions Results 2020 Objectives 2021 - 2022
  • Investing in research and development for the purpose of developing products and processes which satisfy the requirements and needs of the clients and optimize their satisfaction.
  • 4% of the Consolidated sales volume is invested in Research and Development

 

  • 8 research centers are active;

 

  • As of December 31st 2020 we have more than 80 patents waiting for approval.

 

  • Monitor the trends and act in a specific and focused way in the areas of interest of the clients.


Environmental responsibility



17) Promoting policies to increase energy efficiency

Actions Results 2020 Objectives 2021 - 2022
  • Introduction of the sustainability requirements like the use of lighting and air-conditioning systems with low environmental impact when refitting rooms.
  • The Environmental Policy approved from El.En. it was approved by all of the subsidiary companies;

 

  • Adoption of lighting and air conditioning systems with low environmental impact in the new building of chinese subsidiary Penta Laser Wenzhou, which received the award for “Green Factory”;

 

  • Two photovoltaic plants which started to function in 2020.

 

  • Introduction of lighting and conditioning systems with low environmental impact during all interventions of redevelopment of the environments.
 
  • Installation of one photovoltaic plants in Calenzano production site

 

18) Decreasing the environmental impact

Actions Results 2020 Objectives 2021 - 2022
  • Promotion of ecological behavior among the employees.
  • Penta Laser Wenzhou, as part of a government program in which their Green Factory has been selected and awarded a prize, has promoted education programs for Green Production for all of its employees.

 




  •  To promote among our employees a culture for the rational use of sources of energy and the consequent reduction of the related costs.