To spread a culture based on a respect for the environment and social development, we organise various events to involve and raise the awareness of the local communities. In fact, we are convinced that our efforts to protect natural resources and our respect for the territory can generate value for everyone, if our stakeholders also share and take part.
We have already been monitoring the climate changing emissions of our supply chain for several years now, with the additional objective of encouraging our suppliers to adopt initiatives to manage their environmental impact responsibly. Furthermore, during the qualification stage, they are given a mandatory self-assessment questionnaire, which includes environmental and social questions and we are developing initiatives to raise awareness on social and environmental topics.
We want industry and the community to develop constructively together with mutual respect. We actively dialogue with the community (Committees, negotiating tables) and aim to jointly tackle the problems which emerge, and plan the development of solutions for the community by using targeted, shared investments. Moreover, we add value to the industrial sites belonging to the companies in the Group by organising cultural events and opening our plants to external visitors. In 2018, we ran 51 tours to welcome approximately 13,290 visitors from Italy and abroad, approximately 7,675 of whom were children and their teachers involved in the Acea School project.
It is important for the residents to become increasingly conscious of how they use the natural resources. Thus, each year we organise campaigns to raise awareness of and engage on topics of water and energy saving and protection of the environment.
Join forces for water: our water saving campaign
Following last year’s water crisis, in 2018, we wanted to continue our commitment to safeguard water by investing in and servicing our plants and, last but not least, to stress how important it is for everyone to fight drought, which has recently become a global problem.
Students and the younger generations in general are major stakeholders, as they represent our future. It is, therefore, essential to involve them in a sustainable development of our planet. Together with numerous campaigns to raise awareness on the responsible use of natural resources, and with the guided tours of our plants, for years we have involved thousands of young people in our environmental education programmes Acea for Schools, for primary and secondary schools in the capital of Rome, involving over 7,600 students and their teachers in 2018. We also design Work-Study courses to stimulate the interest of young people, who are nearing the age of employment, in a sustainable management of our business and to encourage them to reflect on the future of the natural environment.