External Community

Relations with Institutions and Public Authorities

Group companies maintain relationships with local, national and supranational authorities in a spirit of full and active cooperation and transparency that does not compromise their independence, economic targets or the values enshrined in this Code. (Article 5 of the Ethical Code - Community).

In 2008, relations with institutions were maintained at the national, European Union and international levels, with a focus on where the Pirelli Group has a presence. This activity was characterised by a series of initiatives to build lasting and stable relations that have always been based on maximum transparency and collaboration. The principal objective is to constantly provide information to the Group’s various institutional stakeholders regarding presentation of the Group and its different companies, especially in regard to its industrialisation projects inside and outside Italy. Preventive and cooperative attention to the requests and demands made by institutional bodies, coupled with punctual monitoring of relations, makes it possible to prevent any criticalities from arising and to undertake projects that are supported by those institutions.

In Italy, Pirelli operates in a system where numerous institutional bodies have a voice. At the parliamentary level, the Group monitors all legislative activity of interest to it, concentrating particularly on the work of the standing committees in the Chamber of Deputies and Senate responsible for matters affecting its business, and occasionally appearing at individual committee hearings in support of the parliamentary information gathering process that precedes the drafting of bills.

At the governmental level, the Group cultivates ongoing relations with the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministers of Economic Development, Transport, Environment, Labour and Foreign Affairs. The issues that received the most attention during meetings with Ministers were the Group’s projects on road safety, reducing the energy impact of the transport sector, employment in areas hit by the economic crisis, incentives for businesses committed to re-industrialisation and other forms of financing for investment projects and scientific, technological and socio-economic research.

The Pirelli Group also considers its relationship with European institutions to be fundamental in defining the principles, general objectives and strategic policies of European Union policies. In this view, the Group monitors legislative activity and actively participates in the decision-making process.

The Group relies on the customary tools of information for the daily management of its institutional relations; it frequently participates with its own contributions at working or institutional meetings on public policy issues, focused on specific targets and offering complete, transparent information on these topics. Its objective is to establish a permanent dialogue.

At the local level, the Group maintains constant relations with various entities, including the Milan and Rome municipal governments, with which it collaborates on various socio-cultural projects.

At the international level, continuous contact is maintained with institutional and diplomatic representatives in the various countries where the Pirelli Group’s presence is already consolidated or in those where new installations are being planned.

In view of the new industrial installation to be opened in Russia, a visit by the Italian Minister of Economic Development and the Russian Federation Minister of Industry and Trade was organised at Pirelli Group headquarters in Milano-Bicocca. The Group also collaborated on setting up the Italo-Egyptian Business Council on logistics realised by the Italian Foreign Trade Institute and the Italian and Egyptian Ministries of Transport, where a major bilateral agreement between the two countries was signed.