Protecting the environment

Protecting the environment

Acting to combat climate change and use natural resources responsibly: at Sisal we are committed to analysing and managing our impacts on the planet with the aim of being a net zero carbon emissions company by 2030.

Environmental impact

At Sisal we are convinced that the commitment to protect the environment must, today more than ever, be undertaken by everyone: individuals, governments and institutions, civil society, and in particular businesses. For this reason, we have decided to give a decisive impetus to our action for the planet, moving from an approach based on compliance to a strategy that aims to make Sisal an increasingly sustainable and innovative company.

In 2021, we launched a survey of our various business areas to identify the most impactful processes, measure their extent, and find the most effective action levers.

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97% of electricity produced from renewable sources (100% in Italy)

Since 2021, all Sisal offices and directly operated stores in Italy have been supplied with electricity from renewable sources with a Guarantee of Origin certificate. This made it possible to avoid 3,574 t of CO2eq.

3.574 tons of C02eq avoided

Furthermore, between 2020 and 2021, we outsourced the IT infrastructure previously held in house to green data centres fully powered by renewable energy sources.

In addition to the emissions produced within the company (scope 1) and those deriving from the generation of energy consumed (scope 2), we are completing the mapping and reporting of the main sources of emissions generated along the entire value chain (scope 3), mainly including electronic equipment used in stores on the local markets. Scope 3 emissions are in fact the main component of Sisal’s carbon inventory, hence the commitment to involve the entire value chain, upstream and downstream, so as to minimise our environmental impact.

The methodology used for calculating emissions requires using the GHG Protocol Corporate Standard as the main benchmark, applying specific emission factors by country and activity.

Our path towards zero net emissions: main areas of action

Retail & Building
  • We are analysing the emissions attributable to stores not directly operated by Sisal in order to find the most effective ways to involve partners in the process of reducing emissions.
  • We have introduced various measures to reduce the impact of buildings that house our business activities, including by using more efficient heating and air conditioning systems and replacing incandescent with LED bulbs. The new headquarters in Milan, for example, have been able to reduce energy consumption by 40% and water consumption by 45% compared to the previous site.
Internal processes
  • In order to promote a more sustainable mobility, we are renewing the company car fleet, increasing the number of hybrid or electric models, and we have introduced a platform to facilitate car-pooling in Rome and Milan.
  • We are expanding the environmental and energy management system certifications (ISO14001 and ISO 50001) in order to improve monitoring and managing energy at our offices.
Culture and awareness-raising
  • We involve the company population through information and awareness-raising campaigns on the environmental impact of the company and individuals.
Reporting
  • We are further consolidating the reporting models underlying our carbon inventory, including by involving suppliers and partners.

With regard to game cards and receipts, we use Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) certified paper suppliers. This is a certification that guarantees that the paper being used originates from a responsibly managed forest and supply chain, preserving biodiversity, ecological productivity and processes.

In order to reduce paper consumption, we have introduced paperless solutions, such as the digitisation of services and receipts at our stores and the use of recycled and renewable materials. We act on the corporate culture by promoting responsible behaviour among our people when using printers and recycling paper, and we use sustainability evaluation criteria in the selection of suppliers.

At the company’s internal laboratories and at those of some of our third-party partners, we repair electronic equipment to extend its useful life and to reduce the production of waste and associated emissions at the same time obtaining an economic advantage in line with the principles of circular economy.