In 2020, in addition to the involvement of Snam people with payroll giving initiatives, donation of vacation days, match giving and donation of part of the RAL, the Competence Volunteering Program was launched
Young Energy is Snam's programme modelled on the “Alternanza scuola lavoro” framework (school-work alternation). The project is aimed at third-year, fourth-year and fifth-year high school students.
Snam participates in the LifeGate PlasticLess® project which, with the help of floating bins positioned in port waters, aims to clean the seas
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 2020 Snam provided:
- in cash about 6,900,000 euros for sponsorships, donations, donations to local communities for the pandemy, contribution to the Snam Foundation, environmental compensations, employees payroll giving matching, expenses for the projects "Con la scuola" and Young energy and various initiatives for staff such as such as reimbursements babysitting, study support services, school-work orientation, scholarships, school loans, microcredit, etc., contributions to the Global Compact, Sodalitas and CDP;
- in kind giving about 14,711,900 euros for masks and lung ventilators distributed to Civil Protection and to various hospitals and for employee health and welfare initiatives such as the supply of pulse oximeters, covid-19 insurance, summer stays, a psychological support and health guidance desk, together with other initiatives to support families and well-being;
- in corporate volunteering, 4,800 euros for 100 hours donated, limited this year to the competence volunteering program given the impossibility of organizing external initiatives as in the previous years;
- in management overhead to oversee sustainability and relations with the communities about 791,200 euros for 10 FTEs.
For the protection of the environment, health and safety, in 2020, Snam made expenses for a value of approximately 173 million euros (155 million euros for investments and 18 million euros for management costs).
Among the initiatives proposed in the last year, in addition to those in contrast to the Covid-19 emergency and the Foundation's projects, there are, for example, the Plasticless initiative in collaboration with LifeGate, the The Thin Line publishing project which tells, through the images of the places and the voices of the communities, the journey to five Italian regions in which Snam operates, the project "Con la scuola" and the fourth edition of the project Young Energy.
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 issue of the use and recycling of plastics is fully in line with Snam's commitments to combat pollution, climate-changing emissions and promote a circular economy.
Since 2019, Snam has been committed to reducing the use of plastic by defining a target to eliminate that used in the packaging of supplies by 2023 and also eliminating that used for sending materials to its construction sites, net of the quota necessary for security reasons. Therefore, in collaboration with suppliers, new supply specifications have been defined to provide for the elimination of non-functional packaging and the replacement of essential plastic ones with other materials, such as wood.
To reinforce the programme initiated to reduce the use of plastic materials and aware of the serious environmental problems deriving from their disposal, the Company participates in the LifeGate PlasticLess® project which, with the help of Seabin technology or floating bins positioned in port waters, aims to clean the seas of dispersed plastic waste, promoting the spread of good sustainable practices. Positioned at strategic points in harbours and boat clubs, these little allies catch over 500 kg of plastic waste a year, including the tiny and insidious microplastics and microfibres which, if ingested by aquatic fauna, cause damage and enter the food chain, ending up right on our tables.
The first step in supporting the project was taken by Snam together with LifeGate in the port of Messina with the installation of a new Seabin device, the inauguration of which was the occasion for a digital meeting between the company and the local authorities and to reaffirm the company's commitment to defending the environment and enhancing local areas.
Young Energy, now in its fourth edition, is the project that has the aim of facilitating the orientation of students and of bringing them closer to the labour market through initiatives focused on corporate business.
Since the start of the project, Snam has hired 18 young people from the institutes involved and in 2020, in response to the covid-19 emergency, the Young Energy format was completely digitally redesigned, involving around 800 students from 8 technical institutes and continuing in the same way also in 2021 involving 8 new schools between technical institutes and high schools.
Snam intends to make its contribution and increase its corporate social responsibility. Snam Foundation was created with a view to play a part in creating tangible and intangible infrastructures, also leveraging the know-how, networks, tecnic means to develop partnerships, projects and initiatives of social value.
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.
Actually, next to the three main strands on which the Snam Foundation programs focus (Environment, Minors and Youth, Social Company) 2020 has saw the foundation actively engage in countering the effects of the pandemic crisis on social categories more fragile and on the national health system.
After the success of the second edition of the Volunteering Day during which 750 members (including Snam employees, family members, university students, start-ups, partners and suppliers) dedicated a working day as volunteers in third sector organizations identified by the Foundation, giving more than 6,000 hours to 70 third sector entities distributed over 60 Italian locations, Snam continued to make available corporate volunteering initiatives, remodeled in response to the Covid-19 emergency.
In 2020, in addition to the involvement of Snam people with payroll giving initiatives, donation of vacation days, match giving and donation of part of the RAL ("let's shape the future"), the Competence Volunteering program was launched, promoted by Snam Foundation in collaboration with the Snam Institute, which has allowed employees to consolidate their social commitment throughout the year, making their work skills, attitudes and personal skills available to institutions, startups with a social vocation and schools. These initiatives involved 1200 Snam people, reaching a total of 4,100 hours donated. Donations from Snam's people reached a figure of approximately 650 thousand euros and were for the most part matched by the company.
Snam and Italy’s parks federation, Federparchi, collaborate to jointly implement projects aimed at further strengthening the protection of the environment and biodiversity throughout the country. This collaboration 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.
Besides, Snam and Federparchi are collaborating in the publishing initiative "Sustainable Paths" and worked together in the environmental awareness projects with schools "The network of Trust and Respect" and "Stories about the future".
For years now, Snam has been enhancing the positive experiences with Italian parks with the editorial initiative "Sustainable Paths", a series with which Snam testifies its commitment to environmental protection issues and the adoption of virtuous best practices that have always distinguished the the Company's way of operating in the construction of the infrastructures. The fifth publication that has been added to the series concerns the Casentino Forests National Park and was presented at the "Fuori conTesto" literary and cultural festival with the participation of the Young Witch Prize Fabio Genovesi. The park, recently recognized by UNESCO as a "World Heritage Site", extends between Tuscany and Romagna and is crossed for a short distance by two parallel gas pipelines that are part of the transport backbone that brings gas from North Africa to Italy. The story of the park and its geographical, naturalistic, historical and cultural peculiarities is intertwined with the practices carried out by Snam in an area of particular value, which allow infrastructure essential for the energy needs of the Country to live with the environment and ecosystems.
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.
Snam also collaborates with Sodalitas by bringing its best practices to the Sodalitas Value Academy, a series of meetings reserved for associated companies which aims to offer an opportunity for discussion and networking on strategic issues for value creation and integration of sustainability in the companies, to Sodalitas Social Master Class meetings reserved to third sector players and to Sodalitas Call for Future, the initiative which presents corporate case histories able to create positive changes.
10 May 2021 - 15:40 CEST