Acea has developed and implemented over time specific compliance controls designed to thwart risks pertaining to unlawful behaviours during the performance of business activities, particularly as regards those more exposed to the risk of corruption.

The Acea Group:

  • undertakes to prevent and combat unlawful practices on the part of all persons acting, for whatsoever reason, in the name and on behalf and for the benefit of the Group;
  • rejects all forms of corruption and forbids any behaviour that is liable to facilitate or encourage corruptive phenomena;
  • is committed to the constant implementation of a “sustainable” business that combines results and performance with the observance of rules and values, with a view to rendering the Group ethically upright on the assumption that any “unlawful” gain does not constitute acceptable profit.

The Group has defined an “anti-corruption framework” comprising four pillars:

  • Values and regulatory system,
  • Risk Assessment and monitoring,
  • Communication and training,
  • Reports and sanctions.

Anti-Corruption Guidelines

In March 2023 Acea’s Board of Directors adopted the Anti-Corruption Guidelines, an essential part of the framework’s first pillar, “Values and regulatory system”. The Guidelines standardise and integrate all the compliance controls contained in the Internal regulatory system (Code of Ethics, Model 231, related procedures etc…), with a view to defining a comprehensive system of rules and principles intended to prevent and combat risks associated with unlawful practices.
Il The document enables the regulation of roles and responsibilities pertaining to the parties involved and the behavioural principles to be observed in sensitive areas.

The corruption prevention Management System and Acea’s Anti-Corruption Policy

The voluntary implementation of a Corruption Prevention Management System (CPMS), according to the requirements set forth by standard UNI ISO 37001:2016, forms part of a virtuous circle for combating and preventing corruption phenomena.

The system’s “manifesto” is the Anti-Corruption Policy, approved by the Board of Directors in March 2023, which sets out the general principles and engagements pertaining to Acea S.p.A.

This document is intended not only for Acea personnel, but also suppliers, partners and everyone acting in the name and on behalf of Acea or with whom Acea comes into contact in the course of its business. It specifically represents the commitment vis-à-vis the principles and requirements laid down by standard ISO 37001:2016.

In September 2023, Acea S.p.A. was awarded ISO 37001:2016 certification for their CPMS.

Il Responsabile Anticorruzione

Acea’s Anti-Corruption Manager (ACM) oversees compliance for corruption prevention purposes and has the responsibilities defined in the Anti-Corruption Guidelines.

In particular, the ACM:

  • monitors and coordinates activities connected with the adopted anti-corruption framework;  
  • coordinates, develops, monitors and maintains the Corruption Prevention Management System in accordance with standard UNI ISO 37001:2016.

A similar function has been created at the Group companies.

Anticorruption Managers

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Dissemination and communication initiatives

Internal and external stakeholders play a leading role in the creation of a shared culture. Acea regularly arranges training and communications programmes destined for its own personnel and third parties to enhance the dissemination of Group values and rules aimed at preventing and combating corruption.


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