Every day, we are committed to ensuring the sustainability of our production processes and to safeguarding the environment. We work alongside local communities to ensure that the areas in which we operate are protected and to guarantee workplace safety.
The United Nations “Decade of Action” programme has defined tangible solutions to all the challenges posed by the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. The first and most important objective is to make electrical energy production clean. A transition is required from the current model — based on fossil fuel use and the main cause of climate change, and hence of about 60% of greenhouse gas emissions — to one based on energy from renewable sources, which preserves the ecosystems for future generations and can be made accessible to an ever-greater number of people in all regions of the world to support their civil and economic progress.
Prysmian Group is committed to supporting the achievement of the global agenda goals, contributing to building and upgrading infrastructures for energy transmission and distribution and for telecommunications — the essential drivers for the transition to a new development model for the civil society.
In 2020, in order to further confirm the Group’s commitment to managing climate-related risks and opportunities, Prysmian, together with the Control and Risk Committee and the Sustainability Committee, launched the process for fully integrating the framework recommended by the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) established by the Financial Stability Board (FSB).
Most of TCFD’s recommendations — which focus on four key elements, i.e., governance, strategy, risk management, and metrics & targets — have already been adopted by the Group with the aim of fully integrating the framework by 2022 thanks to the support of a partner, a leading player in this field, which has already been identified.
Prysmian Group confirms its ambition to be one of the leading technology players in the transition to the use of renewable energy sources and to a decarbonised economy. 48% of the Group’s sales are attributable to business segments and products that contribute to a low-carbon economy . With the goal of supporting the expected acceleration of the development of new submarine and underground power interconnections (chiefly links and interconnections of offshore wind farms), the Group has planned investments in the range of €450 million by 2022 (over 50% of total investments), which are also intended to further improve the sustainability of its organisation and supply chain.
Prysmian Group has also announced a new ambitious climate strategy adopting science-based targets, in line with the requirements of the Paris Agreement, and endorsing the Business Ambition (1.5°C) with the “net zero” target expected to be achieved between 2035 and 2040 with regard to the emissions generated by its operations (Scope 1 and 2) and by 2050 for emissions generated by the value chain (Scope 3). Among the most important initiatives in this area is the Group’s Pikkala plant, chiefly dedicated to the production of cables for offshore wind farms, which will become the first net zero plant, where 100% of the energy used will be obtained from certified renewable sources.
Prysmian Group adheres to the Global Compact, whose principles and spirit are reflected in the culture, values and practices of the group. Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) values are deeply embedded in the Group’s DNA, inspiring its strategic priorities and influencing day-by-day behaviors.
Prysmian Group is highly committed to supporting the development of greener and smarter power grids. Submarine cables are, and will be, an essential part of this development. Prysmian has been involved over the years in many milestone projects across the globe, contributing to the development of entire communities. The focus of the new campaign realized in collaboration with Bloomberg is to showcase the work of organisations, such as Prysmian Group, leading global thought and action on the critical climate issues of our time.
We aim to become a thought leader in our industry and a positive contributor towards environmental issues.
This is the fifth year we continue to adopt the Sustainability Report as a consolidated disclosure of non-financial information, with specific reference to environmental, social and staff-related issues, respect for human rights and the fight against bribery and corruption. The document is prepared in accordance with GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards; we reported our efforts in several fields, from the protection of the environment and health and safety at work, to business ethics and integrity.
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As a Group with a global footprint, we take our responsibility to create an inclusive environment seriously. We have a culture of sharing, collaboration, openness and transparency which means we embrace diversity, and we consistently monitor our progression.
Each of our people has a unique skillset, perspective and capability that they bring to the business. We encourage our people make their mark on Prysmian Group by recognising the essential part that they play both in the business and for the world.