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Sustainability

Sustainability the
Emilgroup way

Quality
Health and Safety
Environment and Energy
Corporate Ethics

INTEGRATED MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Emilgroup excels in the ceramics sector, as confirmed by the certification it possesses for its Integrated Management System in the area of Quality, the Environment, Employee Health and Safety and Energy.
Tangible proof of the significant and constant commitment the group dedicates, with its proactive approach, to these essential themes: complete respect for the highest standards is guaranteed in all phases of the product life cycle, thus protecting the various parties involved in the context in which Emilgroup operates.
An integrated management system that consolidates and strengthens the group’s competitiveness on the market.

QUALITY

In 1997 Emilgroup certified its quality management system implemented according to the ISO 9001 standard, of which it currently applies the new 2015 version. The company’s guiding principle is the satisfaction of its customers’ needs with products of innovative design that have been certified according to reliable quality standards, the result of continuous improvements to its processes and products.

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ENVIRONMENT

In 2011 Emilgroup certified its environmental management system implemented according to the ISO 14001 standard, of which the group currently applies the new 2015 version. The company is committed, on a daily basis, to developing products and processes with an increasingly reduced environmental impact. Its environmental protection activities include: the system for the complete recovery of wastewater and the reuse of all unfired reject tiles and sludge; the cogeneration plant, which produces useful energy for the needs of the plant; the widespread use of recycled materials in the paper and plastic packaging. Emilgroup makes informed choices in terms of its systems and machines, opting for those with the best low-emission and lowconsumption environmental sustainability specifications.

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HEALTH AND SAFETY

As well as scrupulously respecting the provisions of the Italian Consolidation Law on Occupational Health and Safety (Leg. Decree 81/2008), Emilgroup strengthens an extends its commitment to health and safety right across the board, adopting the additional requisites of the BS OHSAS 18001:2007 standard. Furthermore, in 2014 it received certification for its Employee Health and Safety Management System.

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ENERGY

In 2016 Emilgroup certified its Energy Management System implemented according to the ISO 50001:2011 standard, tangible proof of its daily commitment to the informed, attentive and responsible use of energy.

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Corporate Policy

In order to fully meet the expectations of the stakeholders in terms of the quality of its products/services and processes, occupational health and safety and its respect for the environment and energy performance, Emilceramica s.r.l. believes that it is fundamental to understand all of the positive and negative impacts it generates in its sphere of action.

Emilceramica s.rl. must be able to identify, quantify and manage its risks and opportunities taking an overall life cycle perspective of its products and processes, and adopting a transparent, collaborative and prudent approach.

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Code of Ethics

Emilgroup has issued a Code of Ethics with the intention of further reinforcing relations with all stakeholders.

The Emilgroup Code of Ethics:

- states the Company's rights, duties and responsibilities in relation to all its stakeholders (customers, suppliers, employees, associates, shareholders and institutions) in the pursuit of its corporate objective

- is intended to establish ethical and behavioural “standards” to guide corporate decision-making processes and conduct

- requires management and all those to whom it applies to behave appropriately, with actions that do not breach the corporate Code of Ethics

- helps to implement the Group’s policy of social and environmental responsibility, minimizing exposure to risks of compliance and reputation and reinforcing a sense of belonging in its stakeholders.

Commitment to culture

Emilgroup believes in the social and cultural role of enterprise and has promoted and financed important projects to promote and safeguard cultural heritage over the years.
Emilgroup has made a long-term commitment to the restoration of the Ducal Palace in Sassuolo, recovering and restoring the original floors in terracotta and financing the restoration of the 17th-century frescoes by painter Jean Boulanger in the “Camera di Giove” (Jupiter Room).

Among the many initiatives, the most important and original include the rediscovery of the ancient origins of Sassuolo ceramics, supported and documented with the publication of fundamental works, including volumes on Sassuolo ceramics from the 18th and 19th centuries.

In 1999, Emilgroup completed the renovation of Villa Vigarani Guastalla, a historic 17th-century building by Gaspare Vigarani, which houses the collection of ancient artistic Sassuolo ceramics.

Since 2008 the group has annually awarded 10 student grants for a total of 10,000 euro for the children of its employees who have shown exceptional merit in their studies.
This initiative is the outcome of an agreement with the representatives of the workforce, with the aim of supporting successful academic careers and consolidating achievement. The grants are awarded in the autumn by the Group's Chairman, Villiam Tioli, in the presence of representatives of the authorities and the students' families, at Villa Vigarani Guastalla, Fiorano.

Social Responsability

A set of services intended to increase both the economic and the social welfare of employees and their families.

By signing its new corporate contract (supplementing the National Contract for its industry), Emilceramica has proven its awareness of this area by introducing a number of services employees are able to access on special terms:

- Legal Advice: initial civil law consultation free of charge and special low rates for follow-on services.

- Mental Health Advice: initial consultation free of charge, covering all areas of private life and family relationships. Special low rates for counselling programmes.

- Insurance Advice: car, life, home and accident insurance. Employees can obtain quotes and policies themselves through the Internet site ]or from insurance consultants working on the company's premises.

- Health insurance: an increase in the number of facilities and services covered.
 
All services accessed under these schemes will be delivered by specialist professionals with confidentiality assured.