The three following commitments show the undertakings taken on by the Group relating to every area of sustainability: financial, social and environmental.
Our approach to sustainability comes through in continual respect for high international standards with explicit commitments declared in company policies and in the Code of Ethics. In line with its mission, in 2011 we signed the UIC Declaration on Sustainable Mobility&Transport, thus supporting the ten principles laid out in the United Nations' Global Compact Programme, which involve human rights, employment, environment and anti-corruption.
Since 2010 the Group's Sustainability Report has been awarded the A+ certificate, the top level of certification according to the GRI international standards.
The tenth edition of the FS Italiane Group's Sustainability Report was for the first time written in accordance with the new measurement criteria from the Global Reporting Initiative, with a "comprehensive" option, which corresponds to a complete application of the requests of the GRI guidelines.
The group also supports the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) launched on 25th September 2015 by the United Nations, so as to promote a common agenda on development until 2030.
The new GRI-G4 guidelines always stress the identification and analysis of stakeholder expectations, identifying the issues of greatest interest both for the group and for its interlocutors, through the materiality matrix which is the basis to creating the Sustainability Report.
In 2016, Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane SpA established a Sustainability Committee, an advisory board made up of senior managers from the main Group companies, formed to integrate social and environmental aspects into economic-financial strategies, promote the values and principles of sustainable development and meet stakeholders’ needs and expectations.
The CEOs of six Group companies, five central directors and the head of sustainability are members of the Sustainability Committee. So as to integrate strategies with sustainability aspects, using the corporate shared value approach, the Group has initiated pilot projects to create a methodology that incorporates multi-dimensional assessments of activities.
In 2017, an induction programme was launched for both the Board of Directors and the Sustainability Committee, aimed at strengthening the top management’s knowledge of and commitment to sustainability: a total of three meetings were held.