In planning its strategies, the IMA Group takes account of the economic, social and environmental impact of its operations, adhering to the principles of sustainable growth and of Corporate Social Responsibility.
Dear Readers, Presenting IMA’s Sustainability Report is one of the duties that I appreciate most as CEO and Chairman of the Group. I say this because I am extremely aware of the fact that the efforts that a company makes are not only quantitative, measurable in terms of products and economic results. Certainly these are important aspects, a sign of market success. But there are also aspects of the business that define its quality, social role and commitment to being respectful of new rights. In this context, even though IMA has delisted from the Milan Stock Exchange and is therefore not required to publish a Consolidated Non-Financial Report annually, we have decided to produce a Sustainability Report that meets all the requirements to gain formal certification.
IMA’s strategy aims to create profit to remunerate its shareholders, but also economic value for all of its stakeholders. This is based on the primary objective of IMA’s business: end-user satisfaction.
Continuous investment in technology and constant improvement in the quality and reliability of products allowed IMA to open new foreign branches, create joint ventures with other industry players and partnerships in the academic and scientific field; in this way, IMA is able to serve its end-users more and more quickly and efficiently, obtaining a competitive advantage.
Professional growth, quality of the work environment and collective well-being are all part of industry’s responsibility towards society. IMA is committed to ensuring them through training, prevention and investment in the local territory.
Professional and human know-how and skills form a heritage that the Group intends to develop. Thanks to a management team that is sensitive to the problems of society and the development of culture, IMA also supports various local initiatives and international projects.
Underlying IMA’s sustainability policy is transparent governance, which the Group wants to apply when managing the impact of its decisions and activities.
Transparency is understood as being towards all stakeholders and should inspire socially responsible conduct that leads to sustainable development.
IMA was one of the first Italian companies in the industry to have a Code of Ethics. It defines the ethical and social responsibilities of stakeholders and the rules of conduct that those who work for the Group and on its behalf have to comply with.
The advanced mechanics and industrial automation cluster of Emilia-Romagna has strong roots: great passion and an in-depth understanding of packaging, automation and engineering in general has given rise in Emilia-Romagna to a network of companies dedicated to advanced engineering. Often they are born from one another, carving out their own specific niche and helping to forge a well-defined territorial identity, thanks to the exchange of ideas and transfer of draftsmen and engineers from one company to another. The existence of many specialist schools in the area also facilitates the generational renewal of technicians, assuring the continuity of skills.
IMA has management systems that have been certified by independent third parties. In particular, IMA SpA has ISO 14001 certification for its Environmental Management System, and ISO 45001 certification for its Health and Safety Management System.
Local communities play an important role for IMA which is committed to building a close link with the territorial context of the countries in which it operates and promoting sustainable development. Harmony with the community is to be considered strategic both through dialogue with the various organisations and through the participation and promotion of local projects. To this end, IMA supports projects and initiatives concerning people’s health, education (with a special attention to the technical and scientific knowledge for young people), sports and those associations engaged in assisting people in need.