IMA ZERO is the foundation of our sustainable development program.
It includes all practices already in place, plus those we are currently implementing, and has the ultimate goal of minimizing environmental impactin industrial manufacturing, and 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 apositive 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.
According to the 2030 Agenda, the United Nations want to achieve a world without wars, excessive inequalities, hunger and without either racial or gender discrimination. To achieve these objectives, a balance must be found between the need to produce and generate shared wealth in order to reduce inequalities, and the need to conserve the planet on which we live.
IMA set its goals to sustain this cause.
IMA wants to pursue the best quality standards, by adopting best practices for the health and safety of its workers and minimizing environmental impact.
According to this objective, IMA achieved the following certifications: UNI EN ISO 9001:2015 – quality management system;UNI EN ISO 45001 – occupational health and safety management system; UNI EN ISO 14001 – environmental management system.
As the basis of its Sustainability Policy, IMA considers:
– the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), identifying those that are most relevant to its value chain;
– the needs expressedby its customersand markets, above all with reference to the sustainability characteristics that packaging will have to have more and more in the future; – local and global partnerships, for the development of technologies and solutions, and to encourage the economic and social empowerment of the communities involved.
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.
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 some Company’s buildings, and the “Green Building Policy” adopted for the newly build facilities, in 2020, IMA S.p.A. launched a project together withValle Morosina, a firm that generates certified carbon credits from the photosynthesis of the terrestrial and acquatic plant community and the biological production acquaculture activities (extensive fish farming) that take place in the Morosina and Ghebo Storto Valleys (Southern Lagoon of Venice): In particular, IMA has acquired sufficient carbon credits to offset all of its direct emissions and indirect emissions.
As manufacturer of automatic processing and packaging machines, IMA cannot stress enough the need to find different andrenewable 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 academicand sector bodiesand we fund research grants to acquire more and more skills on packaging materials.
MORE SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS, LESS PLASTIC IN PRODUCTS AND PROCESSES.
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, biodegradable or recyclable packaging solutions.
According to these objectives, IMA established OPENLab, which is “the first Research Network in the world established entirely for the development of eco-friendly packaging materials” – Alberto Vacchi, CEO and President.
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.
The main goal of the laboratories is to find alternative materialsto plastic and it aims to merge studies, experimentation and industrial development activities on materials including all laboratory phases, from design to engineering, of products and processes.
Besides dedicated test areas, every lab is equipped with state-of-the-art and high precision instruments, capable of studying and analysing over 1,000 samples per year.
Thanks to the OPENLab team of experts – with specific background in materials, machines and packaging processes – it is possible to study and evaluate any technical failures preventing materials being used improperly on packaging machines.
In the period 2017-2021, over 3,800 film structures were analysed in the laboratory and over 400 films were tested.
IMA wants to create a powerful database containing compositions and performances of all materials in relation to different machines.
OPENLab is definitely a symbol for IMA’s innovation and a benchmark for sustainability.
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.
Environmental sustainability - Global environmental policy
IMA acknowledges the importance of protectingand safeguardingthe environmentas part of strategic business decisions.
Through investments in research and development for sustainable innovation, the Company wants to minimize its environmental impact. In particular, it is committed to favouring renewable resources, recycling and reuse, to reducing pollution due to atmospheric emissions and to consciously managing scrap and waste.
IMA pledges to reduce energy consumption in different concrete ways, such as the adoption of responsible behaviour by personnel, investment in efficient or low-consumption installations, machinery, devices, control systems and the use of renewable energies.
In 2020, considering the IMA Group in the world, 8,647.8 ton CO2eq ofindirect emissions were saved.
IMA has prepared programs and initiatives to improve the efficiency in the use of energy resources. In particular, in Italy, the Group has implemented a gradual expansion of the number of plants whose electricity is certified as renewable by specific Guarantees of Origin (GO).
Moreover, the Company fosters the generation of renewable electricity by photovoltaic installations and production of renewable thermal energy using solar collectors, saving the consumption of methane.
One of the main objectives for the upcoming years is the respect for eco-sustainability of new buildings.
MORE POWER, LESS CO2
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, supported by the latest acquisition of IMA AUTOMATION FASP that will complement the portfolio of high-tech solutions provided by IMA.
Three further internal E-MOB projects are: Bike to work, Integrated Mobility CityBus and E-charging stations.
Bike to Work
Bike to work is a local project that aims at discouraging the use of private transport, fostering the use of bike and other means of transportation in the respect of the environment through kilometric incentives for home to work transfers.
It actively supports different initiatives to develop sustainable mobility with greater security for biking, to increase awareness in citizens allowing them to make informed mobility choices.
As part of the E-mob project, the Group agreed upon the purchase of personal annual tickets, which are totally paid by the Company and are exclusively valid for the areas where the Company has its headquarters.
The project aims at reducing the use of personal means of transportation, fostering public transport for emission reduction.
In order to foster and promote a more sustainable mobility, IMA installed free e-charging stations for electric and hybrid cars in its Italian plants. Each e-charging station has two charging points, this enables the employees to keep on charging their cars while they are at work, optimising waiting times. In this way, the Group encourages its workers to use electric and hybrid transport, representing a further step forward for IMA, oriented towards a more “electric” future and supports fight against climate change.
MORE QUALITY OF LIFE, MORE QUALITY OF WORK
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.
Overall, in 2021, around 118,000 training hours were provided, increasing by about 20% every year since 2012. Globally, the average number of hours’ training per employee was 19.28 hours.
Equal opportunities are a fundamental value for IMA and in an industrial environment that, by history and tradition, tends to employ much fewer women than men, we can proudly state that women account for 18% of the total workforce. To assure women professional development, thanks to the project “IMA – Mainstreaming Actions”, around 600 womencould take part in classroom sessions, project works and individual coaching on topics such as equal opportunities, the culture of gender diversity in organisations, the ways of achieving work-life balance and techniques for leadership and the management of emotions.
IMA promotes inclusion, integration, equal opportunities and reciprocity, as elements that can enhance the value of diversity, removing the economic and social obstacles that restrict the freedom of the individual.