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Sentieri Stagionali is the digital platform that enhances the Italian parks and guides visitors in learning and discovering them, season by season.
Snam and Italy’s parks federation Federparchi signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at strengthening environmental safeguard and protection of biodiversity
Collaborating with authorities, non-profit associations and institutions is an integral part of Snam’s sustainable development strategy and, based on the principle of inclusivity, the company aims to develop valuable and trustworthy relations with every stakeholder, acknowledging their right to be heard and committing to providing reports on the company’s activities and decisions made.
When developing relationships with all of its stakeholders, Snam considers compliance with the law, ethicality and transparency to be fundamental requirements, without which any type of collaboration would not be possible.
Another important aspect is that, in all of its relationships, Snam has taken inspiration from the general principles that form the basis of its operational activity, namely to:
- Ensure the diversity of opinions and political and cultural orientations
- Guarantee the clarity of goals and thus transparency in project management
- Recognise social, cultural and environmental trends that are representative of the region
- Ensure the long-term sustainability of projects
- Ensure planning ability and flexibility in identifying routes
In 2016, around €851 thousand was dedicated to donations and sponsorships and over €1.26 million went on environmental compensation. Snam’s expenditure on protecting the environment runs to approximately €139.8 million (€129.3 million on investments and €10.5 million on management costs). Some of the initiatives proposed in 2016 are, for example, are the fourth book dedicated to Ticino Park and the Sentieri Stagionali App.
Policy for managing philanthropic activities and social initiatives
The collaboration activities are selected on the basis of the “Policy for managing philanthropic activities and social initiatives”, in line with the company’s strategy, its relationship with local areas and the sustainability objectives.
As a company operating in a regulated market with specific technical and economic constraints Snam launches community initiatives including charitable donations and sponsorships.
In particular, it priorities the following criteria when choosing or promoting its activities:
- the potential to raise awareness about the Company and its strategic growth plans;
- the capacity to create culture and value added for the community while respecting tradition, as part of an ongoing and sustainable improvement plan;
- the capacity to create economic value which simultaneously generates value for the company, for stakeholders and for the community in which the company operates.
In line with these criteria, the activities are aimed at organisations operating in the fields of environmental protection, culture, social infrastructure and regional protection and are active in the geographical areas where the Snam Group is already present with its own infrastructure and/or with investments to develop or strengthen its infrastructure.
The relationship between businesses and society has increasingly become the focus of more attention and interest. In recent years, the continuing economic uncertainty and concurrent increase in social emergencies has created serious hardship, especially in the weaker bands of the population. Businesses, which have always played a fundamental role in the economic and social development of a country, have reacted by implementing policies and tools to try and respond to these emergencies.
Snam intends to make its contribution and increase its corporate social responsibility. This is why the Snam Foundation has been established with a view to developing and adopting innovative and sound practices capable of encouraging civil, cultural and economic development in priority areas of public interest. The Foundation intends to play a part in creating tangible and intangible infrastructures, also leveraging the know-how, networks, technical and technological means to develop partnerships, projects and initiatives of social value.
Snam and the museo nazionale della scienza e della tecnologia
The project was launched for the endowment of the Italian gas transportation network synoptic panel to the Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia “Leonardo da Vinci” Foundation of Milan (MUST).
As part of the renovation of the Snam Rete Gas dispatching centre, this important technology was replaced with equipment that is even more cutting edge. For more than 30 years, via remote control, the panel managed the gas flows of the Italian grid and its injection point from the main European and North African gas pipelines.
The ultimate aim of the donation is the creation of value for both the company and the museum. Snam will have the possibility of seeing its role as the major player in the country’s gas system recognised in Milan, centre of the Po Valley, a major hub of the company’s activities and history, precisely when it reaches its 75th anniversary. The museum, which is the largest and most visited technical-scientific museum in Italy, will add an important piece to its exhibitions, also providing new economic value to its offerings aimed at an ever growing public.
The synoptic panel can be seen both as a subject of study for its value as a technical instrument, and as an iconic object to gain more knowledge about the importance of gas in the national energy system and its role as a reliable and sustainable resource. Not only will the historical aspects be stressed, but it will also be possible to dwell on the positive returns of natural gas and its uses in achieving the goals of reducing climate change and global warming on account of it being a clean and efficient resource.
The Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia will own the item outright and it will be placed in the section of the museum dedicated to energy systems with a dedicated installation, which will be realised in 2018.
Snam and Italy’s parks federation, Federparchi, have signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly implement projects aimed at further strengthening the protection of the environment and biodiversity throughout the country. The signing of the memorandum is part of Snam’s broader approach to sustainability issues, focusing on further enhancing the relationship between the company and local communities and the mutual benefits that may arise from this cooperation.
For Snam, the collaboration with Federparchi represents a unique opportunity to develop synergies with recognised experts in science, nature and wildlife.
According to the protocol, a joint consultative group between Snam and Federparchi will be established with the aim of implementing environmental mitigation protection practices in areas affected by the construction of gas infrastructures. The joint work group will also carry out surveys of the local areas aimed at acquiring direct knowledge of Snam’s techniques used in environmental restoration projects.
Besides, Snam and Federparchi are collaborating in the publishing initiative "Sustainable Paths" and in the environmental awareness projects with schools "The network of Trust and Respect" and "Stories about the future".
In January 2012, Snam joined the Sodalitas Foundation, an Assolombarda foundation whose members include 84 leading companies and foundations. Sodalitas’s mission is to build a bridge between the entrepreneurial world and the non-profit sector, to foster the widespread growth of the planning and managerial capabilities of the voluntary sector and to develop projects for promoting entrepreneurial sustainability in the Italian market.
In this context, since 2011, Snam has participated in the Sodalitas Social Innovation award, helping to evaluate the projects submitted as part of the Quality Commissions made up of a select group of companies, sponsoring foundations and institutions. The best projects are presented at the closing event of the initiative which, in some cases, leads to contacts and partnership opportunities with companies.
In addition to the award, Snam also participates in follow-up initiatives which promote dialogue between businesses and non-profit organisations to develop a common approach that in turn leads to more effective and efficient projects.
SODALITAS SOCIAL INNOVATION presented on February 2017 the projects winning the 6th edition.The award went to the social business plans more efficient to face 4 big issues: international cooperation; social inclusion,health in local regions, occupation.
Besides, since 2014 Snam participates to WHP (Workplace Health Promotion) a project born from collaboration of ASL and Confidustria and promoted by Sodalitas. The project involves the promotion of factors related to improved work organisation and a better work environment, encouraging staff to participate in healthy activities, promoting healthy choices and encouraging personal growth.
In 2015, the Snam Group decided to involve its employees in volunteering activities to support programmes of several associations:
“Food Right Now” in Uganda and Myanmar, sponsored and coordinated by CESVI, aimed to fight the food emergency and to promote a correct diet.
CESVI is a non-governmental organization – with which Snam has been collaborating for two years – that combats poverty through various development programs: the fight against malaria and AIDS, childhood, water and sanitation, emergency and rehabilitation and sustainable development.
Le stelle di Lorenzo, a national charity that makes wishes come true for children with serious illnesses undergoing long-term medical treatment.
LILT the italian league for fight against cancer which has three main goals: primary prevention (behaviours and life-style), secundary prevention (culture of early diagnosis promotion) and attention to patients, to their family, and to rehabilitation.
ANT foundation Italy, which provides free social-health assistance at home to tumour sufferers and runs free of charge cancer prevention initiatives.
AISM, the Italian multiple sclerosis association.
ABIO FOUNDATION, the non-profit organisation that helps children to overcome the impact of spending time in hospital through play, talking, smiling and specially tailored environments.
The 2015 volunteering initiative, still called “Help from the network”, involved employees/volunteers from the San Donato Milanese, Rome, Naples, Turin, Crema and Panigaglia sites, it accounted around 450 hours and consisted of three main elements:
- meetings to present all the associations
- a workshop to prepare Christmas gifts (with materials supplied by CESVI and Le stelle di Lorenzo)
- the selling of the gifts and goods supplied by all associations at the San Donato Milanese, Rome, Naples,Turin, crema and Panigaglia sites: the stalls were managed by Snam Group volunteers in the weeks running up to the Christmas holidays.
The takings, over 6,500 euro, were donated to the associations.
> For more information on the CESVI project go on the website Food Right Now.
03 May 2017 - 15:20 CEST