Intesa Sanpaolo, which has always been attentive to environmental issues, is once again participating for the twelfth consecutive year in the European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR), which will take place from 18 to 26 November.
With the slogan "Don't get packaged", EWWR 2023 intends to highlight how each of us can contribute to reducing the use of packaging, which accounts for 36% of municipal solid waste and has a strong impact on the environment.
Intesa Sanpaolo is aware of its role in promoting sustainable practices and spreading the culture of sustainability. For this reason, on the occasion of the EWWR, Intesa Sanpaolo Innovation Center will organise on 21 November an Innovation Coffee that will be available online at the following link https://www.intesasanpaoloinnovationcenter.com/it/news-ed-eventi/eventi/2023/11/innovation-coffee-design-transizione-ecologica-prospettive-packaging/ , entitled 'Design for the ecological transition: new perspectives for sustainable packaging'. The protagonists will be Sara Fortunati - Director of the Circolo del Design and Chiara L. Remondino - Researcher at the Department of Architecture and Design of the Polytechnic of Turin, who will talk about the practices related to the design and redefinition of sustainable packaging, based on eco-friendly systems.
As always, Intesa Sanpaolo will contribute to the dissemination of this important message by publishing a communication on over 8,000 ATM machines nationwide and in the Sustainability section of the Group's website
It should be noted that the Group, while not directly working on sustainable packaging issues, implements and promotes good practices in packaging limitation, recycling and waste reduction, for examples:
- in Intesa Sanpaolo offices we are gradually eliminating PET water bottles, introducing cans, tetrapaks and, in addition, since April 2021 we have installed 52 micro-filtered water distribution points (another 20 will be installed by the end of 2023). In addition, our vending machines only dispense biodegradable cups and paddles.
- in the new Energy Corners (lounges equipped with space for relationships, food, drinks) we have already banned all single-use plastic
- through various welfare initiatives we have distributed water bottles to colleagues in different areas. For example, the Intesa Sanpaolo Workers Association donated over 87,000 aluminium flasks to all ordinary members in 2022
- our suppliers in canteens are committed to reducing the impact of waste and food waste, also in collaboration with Banco Alimentare
- as part of the CareLab - Food initiative, we have created guidelines which, in addition to pursuing the reduction of food waste, starting from the Milan office 22 Gioia Street, require catering service providers to favour circular logic, to favour products with reduced ecological footprint packaging, and to adopt a plastic-free management policy, complying with ecological requirements for paper-fabric products.
Furthermore, through Intesa Sanpaolo Innovation Center, we promote circular economy practices.
We can all do our part to reduce packaging, by avoiding buying products with unnecessary packaging, favouring the use of reusable bags, and recycling correctly.