Raising awareness both inside and outside of the Bank as to the importance of protecting the environment and promoting good practices is one of the primary objectives of Intesa Sanpaolo’s Environmental and Energy Policy.
Through the "Ambientiamo" platform, which promotes good practices to be implemented both in the office and at home, the “Climate Change” training project was implemented in 2015. Through edugames, videos, documentaries and support material, the four platform modules delve into the impacts that climate change may have on the present and future generations. Of particular interest is the contribution to the course of the Meteorological Service of the Italian Airforce. From 2010 to date, there have been over 90,000 accesses to the training modules available on the “Ambientiamo” platform.
For the employees who work at the operating units and the head office structures that fall within the scope of application of the Environmental and Energy Management System, the Bank has committed to provide specific training on the System objectives, the requirements of the international reference standards and management and operational procedures through which they are incorporated into the Intesa Sanpaolo Group. This training, which initially included classroom courses and that from 2011 is available through an online platform dedicated to environmental issues, was delivered to a total of more than 1,400 employees. Awareness-raising on these issues also involves providers of goods and services regularly operating on the Bank’s premises. In addition to meetings (33 in recent years) organized with the managers of contractors during the periodic internal audits in accordance with System procedures, good practices and objectives are shared, in particular with the operators of the maintenance area for the more technical content and the operators of the cleaning area for the aspects related mainly to waste management.
Other awareness-raising actions, targeted at a wider audience, are conducted through the participation in initiatives promoted by entities or organisations both in Italy and abroad. In 2015 Intesa Sanpaolo adhered to the "M'illumino di meno” initiative with a symbolic gesture: on 13 February the approx. 15,000 signs of all Intesa Sanpaolo Group branches were turned off from 4 p.m. to midnight to generate savings of around 7.2 tonnes in atmospheric emissions of CO2. During the "World Environment Day" the "Digitalisation of contracts” project was launched and trees were given away to the employees as part of the initiative "Un albero del Parco in Banca (A Park tree at the Bank)”. Finally, Intesa Sanpaolo also joined the “European Week for Waste Reduction” with customer communication campaigns carried out through ATMs, the website and at the Branches.
International Subsidiary Banks also promoted training and communication initiatives and projects on environmental matters. Upon participating in the “World Environment Day” each bank chose its commitment: some have focused more on training and communication activities, others have taken the opportunity to implement simple but concrete actions, such as, for example, the reduction of paper consumption. In the case of Banca Intesa Beograd, for example, employees have had the opportunity to join in volunteer activities within the project "Nas Beograd" (Our Belgrade), and on 30 May they took part in the maintenance and cleaning activities of the green areas in the Bezanijska Kosa district. Other initiatives have focused on the recovery of materials or on the involvement of children and grandchildren of employees in Alexbank. Another theme chosen by some Banks was that of food, sustainable agriculture and food waste reduction. Within VÚB Banka, for instance, a "mini EXPO" area was set up in which issues such as responsible behaviour, waste reduction and targeted purchases have been addressed. Intesa Sanpaolo Bank Albania, on the other hand, organized an information session on organic farming and typical regional products at a farm near Tirana.
The Earth Hour campaign promoted by the WWF was also highly popular in terms of participation: one example was the switching off of office lights at Banca Intesa Beograd, Banca Intesa Russia, CIB Bank and Intesa Sanpaolo Bank Romania.
On the theme of education worth mentioning is the initiative of Intesa Sanpaolo Albania aimed at promoting energy efficiency initiatives at the office, through the provision of specific "information tables" located in the offices of the headquarters and at the bank branches. This initiative involved about 500 employees, in addition to the personnel of companies in charge of physical safety.
The implementation of the Rules governing sustainability for the organisation of Group’s events, issued in 2010, is becoming an established practice, as shown by the 2015 reports, submitted by the International Subsidiary Banks and Group departments. As an example, invitations and documents in electronic format are used in over 90% of events, locally grown products and washable dishes are increasingly requested and catering with environmental and social sustainability characteristics has been introduced.
SUSTAINABLE EVENTS AT EXPO
An important example among all the others was the organization of the events within the Expo Waterstone pavilion. The topic "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life" prompted everyone to address conscious and responsible development, taking care of the planet for future generations. Within this context, the Intesa Sanpaolo pavilion stood out for its strong personality and a clear focus on sustainability and environmental impact issues.
Indeed, within the Waterstone pavilion preference was given to materials processed with low environmental impact: in particular it should be noted the use of shingles as a way of architectural freedom of expression and natural shading system in favour of energy savings needed to cool the interior of the pavilion.
During all the events short supply chains, washable dishes, sustainable providers, accommodation facilities with environmental features were use and, above all, a lot of attention was paid to electronic invitations and the use of environmentally friendly paper.
Moreover, 19 events with companies focusing on the environment were organized, boosting participation of over 2,500 people. These events had different kinds of formats: some were live, where companies told stories of excellence on sustainability, research and innovation, but also artisan tradition and social responsibility. The Exhibition format which provided for visibility spaces dedicated to content and/or company products in the area open to the visitors of Expo; the Networking format that allowed companies to submit commercial offers to prospects and customers, organize workshops, business meetings, networking activities or to share strategies with its own sales force and the Meeting format with meetings and business appointments, featuring the organisation of workshops, networking activities and the sharing of strategies with one’s own sales force. All companies were chosen through the public initiative "Candida la tua impresa" (Nominate your company) aimed at business customers belonging to EXPO-related sectors.