The Group focuses its endeavours to strengthening communities by supporting public health, jobs and education.
Working in collaboration with the Human Foundation, active in the social innovation sector, in 2014 the Group promoted a competition among undergraduate dissertations entitled “Technology for human beings”, targeting the students of three and five-year degree courses at the engineering and physics faculties of Italian universities. In particular, the competition involved student discussion of the applicability of new technologies to sustainable development, and analysis of the technical and applicability issues in developing contexts and emerging countries.
The Prysmian Group organised its first multi-Stakeholder Engagement event on the subject of sustainability in Milan during December 2014. The objective of this initiative, which has opened a new phase in relations with our stakeholders, was to promote dialogue and discussion about sustainability matters and the social responsibility of the Group. The event was a strong sign of Prysmian’s desire to enhance substantially our commitment to sustainability.
The Prysmian Group was awarded a contract for cabling the basic infrastructure at the site hosting the services, buildings and pavilions for the Milan Universal Exposition - Expo 2015. The Group will provide special eco-friendly and fire-retardant cables. In addition to providing exhibition space for participant countries, this location next to the new Milan Trade Fair complex in Rho-Pero will also host the thematic pavilions and the structures needed for major events and services. The contract envisages the supply of 50 km of medium voltage P-laser cables, a high performance ecological product made from recyclable raw materials, as well as 300 km of low voltage cables from the Afumex range.
In 2012 the Prysmian Group started a project in support of Save the Children, the largest independent international organisation for the protection of children around the world, in order to improve infant life expectancy in Ethiopia.
"FRIENDS OF THE SUPERGRID" AND "MEDGRID" TO PROMOTE CLEAN ENERGY
The Group supports the development of renewable energy transmission and distribution grids through its participation in two major projects: "Friends of the Supergrid", an international organisation whose mission is to support the development of a pan-European offshore supergrid, and "Medgrid", a trans-Mediterranean supergrid for routing renewable energy from North Africa to Europe.
QUEST FOR GREEN ENERGY FROM THE TIDES
Prysmian cables have been selected by FORCE (Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy) for the world's largest tidal power generation project. In addition, Draka has worked with Uppsala University, in Sweden, to develop cable connections between the sea surface and sea bed.
HYBRID CABLES TO MEET THE FUTURE CHALLENGE OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES
The Group is involved in the exciting challenge of electric and hybrid vehicles, as eco-friendly alternatives to fossil fuel pollution, for which it is developing cables to satisfy high temperature standards and high voltage resistance, using the most shielding technologies possible.
CARBON FOOTPRINT, THE FRENCH PROJECT FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
The "Sustainable Development Project" started by Prysmian Câbles et Systèmes France to quantify and illustrate the CO2 content of the organisation's activities demonstrates the Group's commitment to improving its control of environmental performance and has led to the definition of specific objectives and targets.
WORLDSKILLS: IN SUPPORT OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING
Draka has provided support for many years to Worldskills, a not for profit organisation that promotes vocational education and training with the goal of contributing to the economic and social development of the countries and populations involved.
P-LASER, THE ECO-SUSTAINABLE CABLE MAKING INNOVATIONS IN POWER DISTRIBUTION
The Group has recently launched the P-Laser eco-sustainable power distribution cable for the utilities sector, developed and produced using innovative technology. P-Laser has revolutionary high-performance insulation using fully recyclable thermoplastic materials.
SUPPORT FOR RURAL ELECTRIFICATION IN TANZANIA
Through the ACRA project, the Prysmian Group has helped the population of Madunda in the south of Tanzania to improve living conditions and the local economy by supporting the construction of a hydroelectric plant on the Kisongo river.
TRAINING DEDICATED TO YOUNG STAFF
Prysmian Group devotes attention to the induction of young staff. A 6-month international training programme for newly-qualified engineers starts after an initial selection and assessment process and involves both lessons in the classroom and on-site workshops.
AFUMEX: CABLES THAT REDUCE EMISSIONS DURING FIRES
Prysmian Group technology has developed a generation of cables made with a Low Smoke Zero Halogen (LSOH) sheath that offer significant advantages in terms of both safety and environmental impact in the event of fire.