Philsophy: Turn Risk into a choice

The assessment and prevention of the risks that could affect the Group’s values and objectives has always been an integral part of the innovative spirit and professional excellence on which Pirelli’s historical identity was founded.
Risk is a fact of business life: a preventive analysis of risk factors and an assessment of their impact on a company performance are essential prerequisites for value creation. On these bases, decision-makers are allowed to make choices knowingly.


Considering that risks represent a key component of business, the new integrated risk governance model (Enterprise Risk Management) has the following mission:

  • “to manage” risks in terms of prevention and mitigation;
  • to seize” proactively the opportunity factors;
  • to disseminate the “culture” of the value of risk within the Company, in particular, in the strategic planning and operating processes and in the most significant business choices;
  • to assure transparency in relation to the risk profile assumed and the management strategies implemented, based on periodic and structured reporting to the Board of Directors and to the Top Management and adequate information to the shareholders, and more in general, to the so-called stakeholders.


In harmony with these aims, Pirelli’s Enterprise Risk Management is:

  • enterprise-wide: extended to all types of potentially significant risks/opportunities;
  • value-driven: focused on the more significant risks/opportunities in relation to their capacity to prejudice the achievement of Pirelli’s strategic objectives or to erode critical corporate assets (so-called Key Value Drivers);
  • top-down: the Top Management identifies the priority risk areas and the events of greatest impact for the business;
  • quantitative; where possible, based on an accurate measurement of the impacts caused by the risks on the expected economic/financial results in relation to their probable occurrence;
  • integrated in the decision-making/business processes and, in particular, in the strategic planning and operational process.

Pirelli’s Enterprise Risk Management model forms part of three key phases in the decision making process:

  • strategic planning (medium/long term);
  • operational planning (annual and quarterly);
  • new investment projects/businesses.

It is worthwhile noting that the Enterprise Risk Management model goes beyond the strategic, operative planning and analysis of investment projects through a continuous monitoring and management of operational risks.

Pirelli's risk model was developed further, becoming a support tool in the decision-making process relating to investment initiatives.

The set of characteristic information for the traditional analysis of investment projects was supplemented with the "risk dimension" based on:

  • a detailed analysis of the economic, political, safety and operational risk of the country where the investment is intended to be made;
  • the estimate of the "risk adjusted" cash profiles generated by the investment and the degree of volatility of the Net Present Value (NPV@risk) in relation to the events which are able to generate changes to the business plan results.

The inclusion of the risk variable in the analysis of investment projects and the possibility of comparing them with the expected returns, will contribute to:

  • enhance further the Top Management's awareness and guide the risk management strategies;
  • permit a comparative evaluation of the investment initiatives to be made.
Last Revised: 23 Jan 2017