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Filo no. 52: sustainability is a virtuous process

The 52nd edition of Filo hosted the workshop “Sustainability: a virtuous process”, organised by Filo in late afternoon on the first day of fair, at the explicit request of the exhibitors, which in fact had the opportunity to take part in great numbers.

Carlo Piacenza, president of the Unione Industriale Biellese, opened the work, going into the fundamental question: “Sustainability shouldn’t be just a commercial attitude, a cosmetic one. The sustainability that we are promoting, the one that has always been at the core of our companies, aims at the respect for the territory where we live and it is built in the R&D departments, through technological innovation“.

This is confirmed by Filo’s exhibitors through the answers they gave to the questionnaire that is at the basis of FiloFlow. Paolo Monfermoso, general manager of Filo, has shown some of them which were particularly significant for the debate, starting from the chemical management. Indeed, Alessandra Tortora from Zdhc has explained how her organisation doesn’t propose a “certification, but an approach to sustainability: not only it defines standards for a sustainable chemical industry, but it makes available to the supply chain tools for their implementation and it supports innovation. It is a process of progressive improvement, which has positive effects for the company since it triggers a virtuous cycle“.

Raffaella Carabelli, past president of Acimit, has dwelt on the Sustainable Technologies project and on the need to face sustainability in a supply chain context, starting from machinery: “A textile machine with the Acimit Targa Verde offers advantages to manufacturers and clients. The manufacturer can communicate to the client his/her commitment towards sustainable processes; certifying the environmental impact of the machine through the evaluation of the carbon footprint. For the textile company, the advantage lays in the reduction of costs production, thanks to the innovative effort of the manufacturer, and the added value in the certification of the product“.

Francesco Marconi for the Il Quinto Ampliamento has highlighted how “Taking care of environmental sustainability and creating an adequate welfare system for the employees is improving the reputation of the company and its ability to attract intelligences, which therefore means improving the profitability and economic solidity of the company itself“.

Last but not least, Eleonora Giada Pessina from Pirelli has outlined the framework of the project Pirelli for the sustainability of the supply chain of natural rubber. “Pirelli is a multinational corporation which competes globally, which has chosen a long-term, multi-stakeholder and value’s supply chain approach to sustainability. If we want to understand which are the problems to be tackled by creating tangible values, indeed, we need to involve all players along the supply chain, from the producers of raw materials to the clients, NGOs and international organisations included, in a model based on dialogue, efficacy and transparency“.


Biella, october 9th 2019

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