Institutions and NGOs
EUROPEAN OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH AGENCY (EU-OSHA)
Pirelli continued acting as official partner of the European Occupational Safety and Health Agency (EU-OSHA) in 2011.
The Agency confronts a different problem every two years. In 2010 and 2011, the theme was Safe Maintenance. Its aim was to raise worker awareness of the importance of maintenance, and the risks of accidents stemming from not performing it correctly. Pirelli engaged participation by maintenance staff at all production sites, by organizing specific training days on the topic.
This was Pirelli’s second partnership, after the one based on “Risk Assessment” in 2008- 2009, which aimed to promote a participatory approach to risk assessment, based on consultation and participation by everyone present at the workplace.
This partnership will continue in 2012- 2013. The new campaign will focus on leadership in the field of occupational health and safety, which is fundamental to involving everyone at the Company in reducing workplace accidents.
Pirelli acts as deputy chair of CSR Europe, and has been delegated responsibility for governance and finance. CSR Europe is a network of leading European companies that addresses corporate responsibility issues.
Its members include more than 70 multinational companies and 27 national partner organisations in 23 European countries.
CSR Europe functions as the European platform for businesses and interested parties, enabling them to cooperate and exchange experiences to become global leaders with Europe in the areas of sustainable competitiveness and social well-being. The network was founded in 1995 by European business leaders, in response to an appeal by European Commission President Jacques Delors.
Among the initiatives of CSR Europe, Enterprise 2020 is certainly one of the most important initiatives of CSR Europe.
Enterprise 2020 is part of the Europe 2020 strategy adopted by the EU Council. It consists of an alliance between companies that strategically guides businesses towards responsibility and transparency by developing new business models, innovative solutions for the planet and collaborating with stakeholders, in view of making material contributions to the construction of a sustainable and inclusive society.
With Enterprise 2020, CSR Europe is committed to:
- supporting businesses in the creation of sustainable competitiveness, by offering a platform for innovation and the exchange of experiences;
- encouraging close collaboration between businesses and stakeholders, by exploring new forms of cooperation to create a sustainable future;
- reinforcing the global leadership of Europe in CSR, by engaging European institutions and a wider range of international players.
The activity illustrated above is focused on four fronts: market transformation, inclusive societies, health and transparency.
In European Commission Communication 2011/681, which outlines the new EU strategy for CSR, the European Commission recognises the Enterprise 2020 di CSR Europe initiative as an example of business leadership that is particularly material to the political objectives in question.
Pirelli has also participated in the European Alliance for CSR since 2007, fully sharing its approach to sustainability as a strategic and competitive business management technique. So far, Pirelli ’s participation in the initiative – promoted by the European Commission in Brussels to encourage the spread and exchange of the best sustainability practices amongst businesses – has been expressed through its active participation in the Alliance’s European Laboratories, coordinated in Italy by the Sodalitas Foundation and throughout Europe by CSR Europe.
The Multiculturalism Workshop has created the toolkit Multiculturalism, an Asset for Business. A Comparison of Experiences and Programmes: Stimulus for Improvement of Company Life. The Equal Opportunities Workshop produced a toolkit entitled Practising Gender Equality in Careers.
SIGNING OF THE 2°C CHALENGE COMMUNIQUÉ
In 2011 Pirelli continued its commitment to climate change, both by pursuing its own objectives to reduce CO2 emissions, and through signing of the 2°C Challenge Communiqué.
Together with other business leaders, the company has signed the Corporate Leaders’ Group on Climate Change, a programmatic document first drafted at Cambridge University on initiative by the Prince of Wales.
Since the beginning, it has aimed at bringing together the biggest British, European and international business enterprises that share the conviction that new long-term policies are indispensable for dealing with climate change.
The 2°C Challenge Communiqué invites to break the stall in international negotiations and take the necessary measures at the national level to guarantee sustainable growth and a climate-friendly economy.
In 2010 Pirelli signed the Cancun Communiqué, after having signed the Copenhagen Communiqué in 2009 and the Bali Communiqué in 2007, which was the first document for development of concrete strategies through joint government action to reach a comprehensive global agreement on the climate.