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IMA ZERO. Renewing our pledge towards sustainability.

IMA ZERO is the foundation of our sustainable development programme. It includes all practices already in place, plus those we are currently implementing, and has the ultimate goal of minimizing environmental impact in industrial manufacturing, and of promoting and creating a working and living habitat that always puts people at the centre.

Economic results and social benefits are complementary objectives through which we have always generated value for our company, customers, employees, suppliers and for the entire community.

We know that, to proceed on our growth path, it is necessary to redirect our mentality towards newer and greater goals. At this point in history, we must do it not only for our business, but mostly for the environment and for the society we live and operate in: IMA ZERO definitely represents and embodies the Group’s will and dedication to change and give a positive and eco-friendly impact.

Starting from innovation, IMA ZERO is our very latest promise to create products, production processes and services, benefitting from a renewed logic of sustainability and from the awareness that our commitment today will help to shape the world of tomorrow.

The starting point: the beginning of a new era.

The arrival point, the ultimate goal: minimizing the environmental impact in the industrial manufacturing.

The IMA sustainable development programme, divided into four areas of activities.

IMA ZERO Updates

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IMA Sensing Future Magazine

IMA Sensing Future No.02 is now online!

The Group’s digital magazine embracing projects and visions of the future.
Innovative processing & packaging manufacturing, new materials, digitalization and sustainability. Enjoy your reading!

Code of Ethics and Best Practices

As the basis of its Sustainability Policy, IMA takes into consideration the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, the needs expressed by its customers and markets (above all with reference to the sustainability characteristics of the packaging) and local and global partnership. The Code of Ethics sets out the ethical and social responsibility of all participants in IMA’s entrepreneurial organization. It is an important instrument for implementing ethics inside and outside the company.

Furthermore, IMA has implemented a set of management systems certified by an independent third party, designed to create value in a sustainable way. The aim is to interpret end users’ needs by pursuing the best practices and quality standards for the health and safety of its workers.  

Social Commitment: from Local to Global

Company policies keep in mind not only the individual as a human asset but the world at large. Hence the participation to several projects and initiatives both with regional as well as national governments and organizations; from a regional Sustainable Mobility Plan to facilitate the movement of IMA headquarters’ employees to the cooperation with national government, voluntary organizations and international development bodies in order to guarantee and promote sustainable economic and social development. In particular, IMA started in 2015 a partnership agreement with FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) for the diffusion of a packaging culture, with impacts on the hygiene and conservation of food, thus contributing to the reduction of food loss.

Carbon footprint

Sustainability is a way of working in IMA’s mentality, we strive to continuously improve the environmental performance for our processing and packaging solutions. The ultimate aim is, of course, to minimize and progressively reduce the carbon footprint. Besides photovoltaic plants and solar collectors installed in many Company’s buildings, and the “Green Building Policy” adopted for the newly build facilities, the Group has purchased 800 hectares of land in Venice’s southern lagoon area. There, it is possible to certify the quantities of CO2 eliminated thanks to photosynthesis of the flora, circulation of the algae in fresh water and organic fish production (fish breeding and reproduction).

Renewable materials

As manufacturer of automatic processing and packaging machines, IMA cannot stress enough the need to find different and renewable materials, for both the Group’s interest and to guarantee our clients, partners and suppliers the highest and most efficient level of productivity.

The company has thus set the bar high to bring a wider and more systematic introduction of eco-sustainable materials. We have undertaken several collaborative research projects together with academic and sector bodies and we fund research grants to acquire more and more skills on packaging materials.


NOP (No-Plastic Program) means we promote eco-friendly plastic substitutes for the packages manufactured on IMA machines.

Through the research and testing of alternative processes and materials, together with our partners, we foster plastic-free and sustainable, compostable or biodegradable packaging solutions.IMA has established the Open Lab where Material Technologists study, develop and test compostable and recyclable materials to be used on our packaging equipment.


OpenLab is the IMA Group’s network of technological laboratories and testing area, dedicated to the research on sustainable materials, technologies and production optimization processes.

Thanks to the implementation of the most modern digital infrastructures, together with think tank spaces, environments dedicated to the generation of ideas and the prototyping of materials, we aim to build a connection between knowledge and skills coming from machines, packaging manufacturing and customers.


LOW (Low Impact Program) is our commitment to increasing IMA’s sustainable practices to preserve resources.

Over the years, we have been incorporating this concept both in our organisation and development policies, for constant adoption and conception of innovative low impact technologies:
• We have started setting water and electric consumption standards for all our new machines, developing innovative production methods. 
• New IMA plants are designed to use renewable energy resources and to minimise waste and consumption. 


E-MOB (Sustainable Mobility Program) is our commitment to investing in the search for new solutions and technologies for sustainable mobility.

Electric and hybrid vehicles can lead to emissions reduction and to the conservation of the environment.
The Company’s biggest investment ever is the acquisition of IMA AUTOMATION ATOP, an Italian excellence in manufacturing lines for the production of e-traction engines.


YOU (Human-Centric Program) means putting people at the centre of any initiative.

We promote human rights and welfare, inside and outside IMA. Made up of several different projects – social, equal opportunities and sustainable economy – we strive for better working and living conditions.In 2020, once again, IMA won the international ‘’Top Employer Italia’’ award, which certifies the Group’s maximum commitment in ensuring the welfare of its employees and collaborators.