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Our environmental policies

Intesa Sanpaolo transposes its commitment into various environmental policies that outline the strategic and operational areas in which our Group carries out its initiatives to protect the environment and reduce its carbon footprint.
All the policies have been drawn up with particular attention to the inclusion of blind and visually impaired persons, following the rules of accessibility certified by LIA Foundation (Libri Italiani Accessibili - Italian accessible books).

Rules for the environmental and energy policy

The Rules for the environmental and energy policy, adopted by the Management Board since 2007, define the principles and guidelines concerning the environment and direct / indirect impacts generated by its activities
The basic principles upon which our environmental policy is founded are the reduction of waste, progressive improvement of energy efficiency and performances, attention to the environmental and social consequences of our decisions.
In addition to guaranteeing full and total compliance with legislative provisions for the protection of the environment, we aim to identify innovative and effective solutions in this field, to apply the best environmental standards and to promote and develop the concept of environmental responsibility, with a renewed commitment to translating the international standards to which we have adhered into concrete actions.

Rules on Green Banking Procurement 

The Rules on Green Banking Procurement set minimun sustainability criteria in the purchases of papar, stationery, electricity, office machines as well as in the Group's real estate assets.
Within these rules, reference is also made to the issue of water although for the Bank it is not a material issue, in fact, within the Intesa Sanpaolo Group, water is used only for hygienic purposes. Despite this, the Group intends to implement all possible actions aimed at containing this important raw material.

Rules governing the organisation of communication events and training courses

The Rules governing the organisation of communication events and training courses set out the criteria and rules for improving the environmental sustainability of internal and external communications events and training courses.
The criteria are considered in all stages of any event, that is the preparatory and promotional stages, the organisation and running of the event (means of transport, the nature of the location providing accommodation, the catering facilities and event displays), the dismounting site and departing.

Waste Management

The correct waste management is defined in internal procedures for environmental protection. For the purposes of managing the waste produced at the Group's sites, the Italian territory was divided into a number of lots where companies specialised in waste collection, sorting and disposal activities operate. These companies are subject to an evaluation process during which the authorisations required to operate as transporters (by means of vehicles entered on the relevant register) and recipients are also acquired. The various types of special waste are managed on the basis of their specific characteristics, while for separately collected waste such as paper, plastic and glass, compliance with the provisions issued locally applies. Similarly, in other countries, waste collection and management take place in compliance with the reference national legislation. With the beginning of the COVID-19 emergency, at Group branches and buildings due attention was focused on the disposal of personal protective equipment (masks, gloves, etc.) according to the laws in force. In Italy, for example, specific bins were provided exclusively for the disposal of these materials, which are subsequently collected with the mixed waste collection by the local municipality. 

In 2021 the merger of the Intesa Sanpaolo Group and the UBI Group resulted in the unification of numerous branches and some buildings and the consequent disposal of a large number of paper archives and other materials. The amount of special waste produced by the Group therefore rose and totalled 5,380 tonnes. 
The management of Intesa Sanpaolo Group waste, including collection, transportation, recovery and disposal at external sites, is overseen by third parties in accordance with all the relevant legislation in force. Only 5.8% of the waste produced is disposed of (4.6% disposed of in landfills) with over 94% prepared for reuse, recovery or recycling.

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