Sustainability and GRI 4.0 at Energy Week

This year’s Energy Week, an eight-day series of events in Bergamo dedicated to sustainable development and the green economy, opened on 19 October and closed its doors yesterday 26 October.

As in previous years, Energy Week was promoted by Confartigianato Bergamo [Bergamo chapter of the Italian Artisans and Small Business Association] with the collaboration of Confindustria Bergamo [Bergamo chapter of the Italian Manufacturers’ and Service Companies’ Association] and in partnership with Bergamo Sviluppo, the University of Bergamo, the Architectural and Engineering Registration Boards, the Bergamo District School Board and BergamoScienza.
Over the years, Energy Week has taken its place in the Bergamo community as one of the main venues for sustainability events. This year’s 6th edition went international with the presence of foreign delegations, yet always remained focused on the main objective stated in its mission since 2009: to discuss and promote a broad range of sustainability and green economy issues in the community and at companies and schools, through events, workshops and technical seminars. On Thursday, 23 October, the fifth day of Energy Week 2014, the topics of discussion in two of the afternoon sessions were “Energy Efficiency for New Growth”, and “Sustainability Reporting according to the Vision of GRI 4.0”. Among the speakers at the second presentation and round table discussion, which was moderated by Filippo Servalli, marketing director of RadiciGroup, were Fabrizio Berlendis, Confindustria Bergamo; Marcello Colla, Etica SGR; Silvio De Girolamo, Autogrill; and Maria Teresa Betti, RadiciGroup.
“At last week’s conference we described our experience on the path towards sustainability and on preparing and writing our Sustainability Report, in particular,” commented Maria Teresa Betti, of RadiciGroup Corporate Marketing & Communication. “We focused mainly on the significance and implications of the GRI guidelines, which we began following three years ago.  First of all, at the beginning, we were forced to reanalyse and rethink our overall strategy for sustainability in the face of the new social significance that is now associated with it, alongside the environmental and economic ones. Working with the GRI performance parameters has helped us to draw a clearer and more detailed picture of our Group, its various facets, and its strengths and weaknesses, and has strongly influenced our efforts towards continuous improvement.”
In her talk, Ms. Betti emphasized some of the key aspects of the RadiciGroup approach to sustainability: the rigorous measurement of environmental impact along the entire production chain, the importance of transparent communication, and the central role of stakeholders, including local communities. She also stressed the role of work, not only as a tool for economic production but also as a means for personal and social development and promoting the protection of human rights. In closing, Ms. Betti gave a preview of RadiciGroup’s next step in implementing the GRI framework: to publish its Sustainability Report in accordance with the new Global Reporting Initiative 4.0 guidelines. This transition will allow the Group to improve on both the form and the substance of its sustainability project. It will also raise RadiciGroup’s awareness and knowledge of itself and lead to reporting that will be an even more faithful representation of the Group.
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