Sustainability

Strategies and commitments

Approved by the United Nations in September 2015, the 2030 Agenda is a challenge both historical and ambitious for countries around the world.

Its 17 Goals and 169 Targets in fact call on Institutions, civil society and the business community to ensure that a more equitable and sustainable development model is achieved.

RDM Group is aware of the urgent need to implement effective and lasting changes in the existing systems of production and consumption. Accordingly its way of doing business is oriented toward helping achieve the 2030 Agenda.

To find out more about the commitments and results achieved by the RDM Group in developing a future-proof business model, see the Sustainable Value Report.

MAIN REFERENCE SDGs

Goal 3: Good health and well-being

Protecting the health and wellbeing of people at the workplace

The scenario in Europe

PEOPLE KILLED IN INCIDENTS AT WORK IN 2014

1.8 per 100.000 employed people

-9.0% since 2009

Source Eurostat, Sustainable development in the European Union

PEOPLE KILLED IN ROAD ACCIDENTS IN 2015

5.1 per 100.000 persons

-19.0% since 2010

Source Eurostat, Sustainable development in the European Union

Main commitments and strategies of the RDM Group

  • In the context of the “Zero Accidents” policy, the Group has developed systems and management processes for workers’ health and safety based on Standard OHSAS:18001 and voluntarily submitted to periodic inspections by independent third parties;
  • Integrated Quality, Environment and Safety Policy

Results achieved

  • Reduction in frequency of accidents in the period;
  • Reduction in seriousness of accidents in the three-year period.

Goal 4: QUALITY EDUCATION

Promoting lifelong learning opportunities and skills development

The scenario in Europe

ADULT LEARNING IN 2016

10.8% of population aged 25 to 64

+1.7 pp since 2011

Source Eurostat, Sustainable development in the European Union

Main commitments and strategies of the RDM Group

  • In addition to the informal learning tools and on the job training, employees of the RDM Group are offered a differentiated proposal training, aimed at involving all the professional categories of the Group;
  • 2 million euros invested in training activities over the last three years

Results achieved

  • Increase in the average hours of training per capita.

Goal 6: CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION

Ensuring the availability of water resources and protecting water-related ecosystems

The scenario in Europe

WATER EXPLOITATION IN 2015

Water exploitation is at sustainable level in 16 of 20 reporting Member States

Malta and Cyprus show severe water scarcity in 2015

Source Eurostat, Sustainable development in the European Union

Main commitments and strategies of the RDM Group

  • The Group systematically monitors the amount of water withdrawn and waste water quality;
  • Thanks to continuous technological and systems improvements over the years water consumption has been progressively reduced. One example is the reuse of condensed steam and process water in multiple work cycles;
  • In all the plants, industrial waste water is treated in purifying plants, which by using chemical and physical processes and aerobic digestion, reduce the content of dissolved organic substances, making them suitable for re-emission into the environment or to be conveyed to consortium systems for further subsequent processing;
  • Integrated Quality, Environment and Safety Policy.

Results achieved

  • Reduction of water demand per tonne of marketable net production.

Goal 7: AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY

Improving energy efficiency and promoting the expansion of technologies for clean energy production

The scenario in Europe

SHARE OF RENEWABLE ENERGY IN 2015

16.7%

+3.8 pp since 2010

Source Eurostat, Sustainable development in the European Union

ENERGY DEPENDENCE IN 2015

54.0% of imports in total energy consumption

+1.4 pp since 2010

Source Eurostat, Sustainable development in the European Union

Main commitments and strategies of the RDM Group

  • To monitor energy consumption and systematically identify efficiency operations, the RDM Group has developed management systems based on ISO:50001 and voluntarily submits to periodic inspections by independent third parties;
  • The Group uses cogeneration plants, allowing the combined production of electricity and heat, with combined yields above 85%;
  • Energy policy.

Results achieved

  • Reduction of energy consumption per tonne of production;
  • The RDM Group provides for the Italian electrical grid operator to transfer energy into the national distribution system in case of need. In the three year period, the Group sold about 40,000 MWh of electricity, constituting the excess production in the cogeneration regimen with respect to internal needs.

Goal 8: DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH

Ensuring full employment, providing opportunities for decent work

The scenario in Europe

EMPLOYMENT RATE IN 2016

71.1% of population aged 20 to 64

+2.5 pp since 2011

Source Eurostat, Sustainable development in the European Union

NOT IN EMPLOYMENT, EDUCATION OR TRAINING IN 2016

14.2% of population aged 15 to 29

-1.2 pp since 2011

Source Eurostat, Sustainable development in the European Union

Main commitments and strategies of the RDM Group

  • The Group employs more than 1,500 people, including staff employed directly, collaborators and trainees, maintaining a level of employment practically invariato in the three year period;
  • Anyone working in the Group is offered a prospect of stable work;
  • In spite of the process of profound rescaling of the productive assets which in recent decades has involved the entire European pulp and paper industry, the Group has undertaken to minimise any adverse corporate impacts with a responsible approach during reorganisation.

Results achieved

  • 97% of the RDM Group staff is hired under a permanent contract;
  • Over the last three years about 100 people have entered the Group at an age under 30 years.

Goal 9: INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE

The modernisation of industrial processes to make them sustainable, by encouraging the development of best available technologies

Main commitments and strategies of the RDM Group

  • Implementing computerisation programmes by adopting a single Enterprise Resource Planning system that integrates all the Group’s core processes;
  • Development of a corporate digitisation programme starting from the tracking system for raw material.

Results achieved

  • Investments of over 179 million euros over the past 10 years.

Goal 12: RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION

Adopt sustainable models of production and consumption, substantially reducing waste production through prevention, reduction, recycling and reusing

The scenario in Europe

GENERATION OF WASTE IN 2014

1.716 kg per capita

-1.2 % since 2010

Source Eurostat, Sustainable development in the European Union

RECYCLING RATE IN 2014

55% of total waste treated

+2 pp since 2010

Source Eurostat, Sustainable development in the European Union

Main commitments and strategies of the RDM Group

  • The RDM Group has developed technologies and production systems based on transforming fibres with retrieval in a circular economic model that requires limited use of virgin raw materials: about 60% of the materials used by the Group to produce cardboard comes from recycling;
  • Over 87% of the materials used to produce paper, for its packaging and plant maintenance, consists of renewable materials.

Results achieved

  • Italian and European market leader in packaging materials made from recycled paper. In 2017 alone over 800,000 tonnes of fibrous raw materials were regenerated at end of life; if considering the average production of packaging waste by a European citizen, the RDM Group plants renew what is generated by more than 11.7 million inhabitants, equalling for example the amount of household waste from packaging paper and cardboard generated in 2015 by the entire Swedish and Finnish population considered together (reworking by the RDM Group of Eurostat data).

Goal 13: Climate action

Taking urgent action to combat climate change and its consequences

The scenario in Europe

GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS IN 2015

77.9% Index 1990 = 100

-8.0 index points since 2010

Source Eurostat, Sustainable development in the European Union

EMISSIONS INTENSITY OF ENERGY CONSUMPTION IN 2015

89.1% Index 2000 = 100

-3.7 index points since 2010

Source Eurostat, Sustainable development in the European Union

Main commitments and strategies of the RDM Group

  • The group adheres to the EU ETS trading system of greenhouse emissions shares;
  • The Group’s strategy focuses on the increased use of alternative and renewable energy sources, including by expanding biomass energy production;
  • Accurate emissions monitoring, developing a system of continuous improvement in energy efficiency, as well as regular environmental improvement works have enabled the Group over time to reduce emissions in greenhouse gas emissions and pollutants into the atmosphere per tonne of net marketable production.

Results achieved

  • Reduction in direct and indirect emissions of greenhouse gases per tonne of production.

Goal 15: LIFE ON LAND

By 2020, promoting the implementation of sustainable forest management, halting deforestation and promoting reforestation

The scenario in Europe and worldwide

  • According to the UN agency UNEP and INTERPOL, a considerable portion, estimated between 15 and 30% of the world production of timber, is procured illegally, generating a turnover that varies between 30 and 100 billion US dollars;
  • Specific measures have been identified at the European level to combat illegal logging by combatting trade in products related thereto, including the main regulations, FLEGT – Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade and EUTR – European Union Timber Regulation.

Main commitments and strategies of the RDM Group

  • The RDM Group submits its forest product suppliers to a specific qualification process, preferring the purchase of FSC® or PEFC™ certified raw materials;
  • For the virgin fibres of vegetable origin, a policy has been adopted that provides for purchasing exclusively certified raw materials according to formats guaranteeing the source from controlled and sustainable supply chains.

Results achieved

  • 71% of the consumption of wood, wood pulp and other wood products is certified according to standards FSC®, PEFC™ or FSC Controlled Wood®;
  • 100% of the plants have adopted a system for managing raw materials of forest origin in compliance with the FSC® or PEFC™ standards and subject to control by a third party.

Goal 17: partnerships for the goals

Strengthening the means for implementing and renewing the global partnership for sustainable development

Main commitments and strategies of the RDM Group

  • The RDM Group belongs to various associations and working groups, both locally and internationally, that support industry development in cellulose-based packaging and recycling in the context of a system that promotes the advancement of the sector and sustainable innovation;
  • From a perspective of synergy with the institutions and the various entrepreneurial and industrial realities, RDM Group has joined the Alliance of Italian companies for water and climate change, with the goal of facilitating the development of strategic lines and appropriate tools for an integrated and coherent water resources management and climate change adaptation.