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Global policy for communities and the development of knowledge

IMA’s social commitment is an element of identity for all IMA members. IMA encourages corporate citizenship and Corporate Social Responsibility programmes and initiatives, gradually raising awareness in all of its companies in order to increase the level of awareness and responsibility towards local communities.

During 2019, IMA companies supported numerous social, cultural, education and sports activities, making grants and donations for a total of 2,061,218 euros (-0.3% on 2018). This amount includes the resources allocated to social responsibility projects, expenses incurred for the benefit of employees (such as for sports groups or other corporate initiatives), and fees paid by IMA to join representative or industry associations.

Packaging plays a crucial role in the reduction of food loss and the fight against food waste. Access to appropriate packaging and its proper use are essential to ensure that food is adequately preserved and kept safe for consumption. Through local and global partnerships, IMA is committed to the development of technologies and solutions that may promote the economic and social empowerment of local communities.

In its mission, food safety has an important role: in recent years, IMA has supported the FAO, among others, as in its opinion it is capable of promoting and implementing projects that would help spread the packaging culture in regions of the world where it is necessary to act for the reduction of waste and ensure food safety.

The companies of the IMA Group contribute to various cultural and social projects both in their own territories and internationally. 


In 2015 the President and CEO of IMA, Alberto Vacchi, signed an agreement with FAO, the United Nations executive agency for food and agriculture, for the realization of the project “Improving food packaging for small and medium agro-enterprises in Sub-Saharan Africa“.

This project, which is spread over several years, has helped to improve the efficiency, competitiveness and sustainability of food chains in Africa, particularly in Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Senegal, Tanzania and Zambia.

The primary purpose of the project is the diffusion of a packaging culture, with impacts on the hygiene and conservation of food, health benefits and an incentive for the birth of local businesses.

In the initial stages of the project, a feasibility study was conducted on the potential for the creation of domestic food packaging centres in Eastern, Southern and Western Africa: the study focused on Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) and related benefits.

Training courses were organized in Tanzania, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Mali, Senegal, with the aim of coaching trainers for a sustainable food packaging business in local SMEs.

The participants were able to acquire knowledge on the importance of food packaging and its significance in domestic, regional and international trade.

Thanks to this educational path, trainers were able to create, in turn, a network that included the different SMEs and encouraged the adoption of the same methods.

The project’s output was a technical guide for SMEs on the selection and procurement of materials and equipment for food packaging, which provided general recommendations on how to identify, purchase, use and service food packaging machines.

Lack of packaging equipment and materials, together with a lack of knowledge of packaging technologies, represent a serious obstacle to improving the quality and competitiveness of food produced by SMEs in these countries of Sub-Saharan Africa.

For these reasons, the project has been well received in all the countries where it has been proposed and has had very positive results overall.


The first edition of “Packaging Speaks Green“, the international forum dedicated to sustainability in the packaging industry, organized by UCIMA and the FICO Foundation, was held on 20 and 21 February 2020 in Bologna, Italy. The event was attended by 450 participants from 20 countries and saw the participation of global brand leaders, such as Amazon, Coop, Coca-Cola, Fater (JV P&G and Angelini), Massimo Zanetti Beverages. An exclusive feature of the forum was the speech made by Tim Letts, WWF’s Deputy Climate and Energy Director, on the new world project to develop sustainable business models. FAO also had a part in the event, with a speech concerning sustainability in relation to waste. The future of sustainable packaging is now: at the forum a showcase of best practices and the presentation of unpublished data on trends in terms of purchasing and sustainable consumption. Surveys by Nomisma, Nielsen, McKinsey, WPO (World Packaging Organisation).

Two days to encourage meetings and discussions between institutions, industries and the academic world on the subject of B2B and sustainable development. A priority issue for consumers, companies and institutions, aware of the need to reduce the environmental impact of the production chain. Packaging, in particular, has become a symbol of this awareness, but it cannot be the only element to be deployed in order to reduce environmental impact. For this reason, the forum offered an exhaustive overview of the many aspects of an industrial production that is hopefully increasingly “green”, complemented by a showcase of international best practices. Three main macro-themes were tackled during the event: legislation, retailer and brand owner, materials and technologies.

The forum was supported by IMA together with the most important companies in the field of packaging and packing machines, with the sponsorship of the Ministry of the Environment and the Protection of Territory and the Sea.


Always attentive to the needs of the territory and its employees, IMA has launched a sustainable mobility plan in synergy with the Municipality of Ozzano dell’Emilia (Bologna, Italy) and the Emilia-Romagna Region, aimed at limiting the use of private cars by employees, particularly for commuting between home and work.

The project intends to develop in the Ozzano dell’Emilia area a scheduled public transport service that connects the railway station with key stops in the area, including industrial businesses such as IMA, in integration with the railway service.

The service shares objectives and strategies with the “PUMS” (Sustainable Mobility Plan for the Metropolitan City), an integrated and sustainable mobility program designed to facilitate the movement of IMA employees between Ozzano dell’Emilia and Castel San Pietro Terme (Bologna, Italy), a city in the metropolitan area of Bologna.

It is the result of a mobility management policy implemented thanks to cooperation between the public and private sectors: through a corporate mobility policy, the aim is to generate positive effects on the community.

The idea of a sustainable mobility in the cities that host IMA’s 8 production plants, including the headquarters in Via Emilia in Ozzano dell’Emilia, comes from an initiative of union representatives and was possible thanks to an advanced system of liaising between companies, union and local institutions. After several planning meetings, the first of which was at the IMA headquarters, the Company decided to accept and provide concrete support for the final proposal.

The Integrated and Sustainable Mobility project will give IMA employees the opportunity to use two dedicated bus lines free of charge. The planned routes will allow maximum flexibility in travel and will consider connections, working hours and travel times.

IMA’s growth path towards an increasingly sustainable company, close to the local area and its people, has acquired a new element, which consolidates a culture of sustainability, where corporate welfare and the environment are on the same track, and offer solutions that are valid and concrete to both IMA workers and local inhabitants.

FAMILY PROJECT by Antoniano Onlus

Thanks to IMA’s contribution, meals, counselling, financial help and housing have been guaranteed to almost 70 families in difficulty. The continuity of this support has also allowed Antoniano to consolidate existing services and develop new ones, such as housing, with the aim of creating a lasting impact on the territory in terms of integration and social cohesion. Also in 2020, IMA’s contribution will be allocated to canteen services, a counselling centre, a family fund and housing for families in difficulty and will guarantee around 25% of the project’s annual budget.

Thanks to IMA, 11 families will be helped (about 42 people, including 26 children), in particular:

  • 10 families will have access to the evening canteen, a counselling centre and the family fund for one year;
  • 1 family will benefit from the housing reception service in one of the Antoniano’s apartments.



IMA supports the project for the construction of a conservation and restoration centre for motion picture heritage at the former Giuriolo car park. The 12,000 square metres of this abandoned area and source of degradation for over twenty years will become the head office of the Technological Hub for the Conservation and Restoration of the Cinematographic Heritage of the Cineteca di Bologna: in addition to the film archive, there will be a restoration laboratory, classrooms for technical training activities, a cinema, exhibition spaces and a refreshment point. In particular, the area will accommodate an open archive, a “dynamic museum” which you can walk through and visit and which will become the home of the 75,000 films now preserved by the Bologna Film Library. A multifunctional space integrated in the neighbourhood with a mix of technical spaces and free access areas which, in addition to representing an important urban regeneration operation in the area, will also generate employment opportunities for about a hundred operators and technicians.


Vinimay Trust is involved in childcare and youth care facilities in education, providing supplementary nutrition and life education camps. As far as youth care is concerned, the Vinimay Trust provides a temporary hostel for kids who leave childhood facilities when they are 18. These children are basically orphans or have very unsteady family support. The goal of the hostel is to provide kids with the resources they need to integrate into society, helping them develop interpersonal relationships, get a job and learn to manage their earnings. The kids can stay at the hostel for up to three years. The Company provides financial support to the Vinimay Trust so that it can carry on these activities.


Each year, the TATA hospital in Parel-Mumbai welcomes around 65,000 patients in need of cancer treatment. Over 50% of patients comes from outside the city and most of them are poor. Approximately 25% of those who undergo treatment leave because they are unable to bear the costs of accommodation, healthy food and transportation in Parel-Mumbai. The Zilika Foundation’s “ALL IS WELL” project offers them free accommodation, meals and transportation. Zilika is in Airoli, Navi Mumbai, approximately 45 km from the TATA hospital. Zilika has two ambulances for the emergency transportation of patients. However, it has always been difficult to organize the daily visits to the hospital by the numerous patients and their relatives, as they would have to cover considerable distances to reach the structure, if they cannot rely on accommodation in town. Considering this great discomfort, IMA-PG has donated a Tempo Traveller minibus to facilitate patients’ tiring travel each day between Zilika and the TATA hospital. Following chemotherapy sessions, patients may develop fever or other side effects and need to be transported to the TATA hospital even at difficult times. In these cases, the Tempo Traveller has proved extremely useful for the sick. In addition to the minibus, IMA PG has donated funds to meet the costs of board and lodging for patients.