Snam and Global compact


Snam signed the charter for the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation as a founding member/promoter and is member of the Global compact as a participant


Snam  disseminates Global Compact’s  principles through the documentation of commercial contracts


In February 2013, together with Global Compact Network Italy, Snam organised a workshop on Integrated Reporting

Global Compact is an international initiative which sustains ten universally accepted principles relating to human rights, labour, the environment, anti-corruption, uniting governments, companies, UN agencies, labour organisations and civil society.

Snam’s commitment to doing business according to a sustainable development model, to respect and protect human rights and labour and the environment, was renewed in 2009 with its membership of Global Compact, the largest voluntary initiative in the world on sustainability issues, launched in July 2000 by the United Nations.

The Global Compact principles are universally shared and accepted, as they are based on the: the Universal declaration of Human Rights , the Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the Rio Declaration, and the United Nations Convention against Corruption.

By becoming part of this initiative, Snam has joined a universal network of companies willing to implement change, alpromote good corporate citizenship and search for innovative solutions and partnerships.

Snam wants to confirm and reinforce its commitment as a socially responsible company and participates, on various fronts, in the work of Global Compact Network Italia which, in 2013, became a foundation and Snam is one of its Charter Promoter Members.

In view of the benefits derived from this initiative, such as access to the broad and deep experience of the United Nations with regard to sustainability and development issues, the use of Global Compact management tools and resources, and the opportunity to be involved in specific working groups, ul>

  • implement all the necessary changes to ensure that Global Compact and its principles become part of the company’s strategy, culture and daily operations;
  • promote and increase awareness of Global Compact and its principles through its own communication channels;
  • implement an annual Communication on Progress (CoP), a tool used to inform its stakeholders in a transparent and continuous manner of ongoing activities and achievements in the practical application of the ten Global Compact principles.

In 2015 Snam collaborated with the Global compact Network Italy foundation for the publication MAKING THE CASE Business, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services as Tool for Change.


Snam has chosen to publish its Communication on Progress within the Sustainability Report through the use of a reconciliation table, shown below.

Download the Reconciliation Table

Principles 1 and 2
Businesses are required to promote and respect internationally proclaimed human rights within their sphere of influence and ensure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses, even indirectly.

  • In April 2017 Snam adopted a Policy about Human Rights
  • Snam operates in the framework of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Fundamental Conventions of the ILO - International Labour Organisation - and of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the principles enshrined in the United Nations Global Compact (principles enshrined in its own code of ethics.

Read about this subject in our Code of Ethics

  • Snam promotes sustainability and business ethics in its supply chain and conducts audits in the field of human rights, occupational safety of suppliers and subcontractors.

Read about this subject in Growing with our suppliers 

  • Snam safeguards occupational safety and health through training, awareness raising and education initiatives

Read about this subject in Safety culture 

Principles 3, 4, 5 and 6
Businesses are required to uphold freedom of association and the recognition of the right to collective bargaining; the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour; the abolition in practice of child labour; and the elimination of all forms of discrimination in respect of employment and work

  • Snam respects everyone’s dignity, and offers equal opportunities in every phase and every aspect of the employment relationship, avoiding all forms of discrimination based on sex, age, health, nationality, political opinion or religious views.

Read more about the subject in The importance of diversity

  • Snam applies the Energy and Petroleum agreement and guarantees trade union rights for all workers and holds numerous meetings with Trade Union organisations at a national and local level dedicated to the analysis of business development projects and new organisational structures.

Read more about this issue in  Workers at the core

  • Snam develops initiatives to reconcile work and life

    Read more about the subject in Employee initiatives

  • Snam provides its employees with training and professional development opportunities

Read the report in Promoting talent

Principles 7, 8 and 9
Businesses are required to provide support for a precautionary approach to environmental challenges; to undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and to encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.


  • Snam develops projects to strengthen its operational excellence and to contribute to the containment of greenhouse gas emissions

Read more about this topic in Acting for the Environment

  • Protecting the environment and biodiversity are integral parts in defining Snam’s corporate policies and investment decisions

For more details go to the page dedicated to Biodiversity

  • All of Snam’s activities are monitored by certified environmental management systems (ISO 14001)

Read more about this topic in Environmental management systems

  • Snam performs specific energy management and CO2 saving activities

For more details go to the page dedicated to Climate Change

  • Snam also evaluates it suppliers using environmental criteria

Read more about this topic in Supplier sustainability



  • Principle 10

Businesses are committed to working against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.


  • Snam disseminates ethical principles and business values

For more details read the page Business conduct

  • Snam collaborates with International Transparency International on anti-corruption and governance

For more details read the page Business conduct

  • Snam provides training activities in matters of legality and anti-corruption

Read more about it in Promoting talent 

  • Snam conducts reputational checks of suppliers and subcontractors

For more details read the page Supplier sustainability 

  • No cases of corruption were reported in 2017

For more details read the page 172 of our Non-Financial Statement


Snam and the Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), officially known as "Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development", are an intergovernmental set of aspiration Goals with 17 targets promoted by United Nations.

Snam, also undertakes to contribute to the sustainable development of the economy and future society with reference to the Sustainable Development Goals defined by the UN and expresses its contribution to all the goals. With reference to the strategy of the integration of SDGs into the business model, Snam is particularly active in goals 7, 9, 13, 15.

Regarding Goal 7, Access to Energy, Snam is engaged in investments and actions to improve the energy efficiency of its plants. In February 2018 it signed an Agreement for the acquisition of Tep Energy Solution (Tep) one of the leading Italian companies operating in the energy efficiency sector.
In 2017 the 35% of the electricity consumed by Snam was produced from renewable sources. Snam is also active in the development of the use of renewable Biomethane fuel.
For more details go to Biomethane

Regarding Goal 9, Build resilient infrastructure, Snam creates quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructures built through always adopting the best technologies available. The Company recently launched Snam Global Solutions, which offers design, consulting and project management activities for the gas market. The aim is to globally develop the experience, distinctive skills and know-how of Snam, gained in its 75 years of operation and management of the entire gas infrastructure supply chain in Italy and Europe.
Read more in Network development  

Snam is particularly committed on the Goal 13, Fight to Climate change: in addition to using natural gas as the main fuel, Snam is introducing energy management programmes and reducing the carbon footprint. The targets for 2021 are:

  • to reduce natural gas emissions by 10%, like for like, compared with 2016 figures;
  • to improve the energy efficiency of the gas preheating systems by 10% in 58 pressure reduction stations;
  • to increase the energy efficiency of the lighting systems of 16 compression stations by 40%.

Find more in Climate change

Regarding Goal 15, Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, Snam adopts the best practices in the construction of infrastructures designed to safeguard the territory and protect
biodiversity and ecosystems. Specifically, following in-depth research and monitoring, recovery operations are carried out in the territories to maintain the natural balance and avoid any impact on the vegetation, water and existing ecosystems.
For more details read the page Biodiversity  

With regard to the prevention of extreme poverty, the results published  by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) show encouraging results, including the halving of the number of people living on less than a dollar a day since 1990. For more information on  the achievement of the previous objectives, the Millennium Developments Goals, view the report.



Visit Snam’s page on the Global Compact website

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Discover the activities of the Global Compact Network Italy

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