Social Responsibility

Some years ago the Marchesini Group S.p.A. decided to give the various Corporate Social Responsibility activities a more functional structure.

We could not but start by sharing our founding values, which have been the essence of “who we are” for over 40 years: what we commonly call the Code of Ethics.

Following on from this, we wanted to share with our stakeholders our commitment to achieving the economic, social and environmental sustainability goals. By publishing our first Sustainability Report in 2016, we wanted to highlight and valorize our sustainability strategy, “what we sustainably do”.




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1 WE BELIEVE IN ETHICAL BUSINESS
Compliance with all the laws, directives and regulations applicable in the various geographical contexts in which the Marchesini Group works is an essential condition for every action, operation and negotiation undertaken. Breaches of law and current regulations, in any country in which the Group works, are not admitted in any way.
Following the Antitrust provisions, the Marchesini Group promotes integrity and fair play between the parties in reaching challenging objectives and new goals.
In fact, the Marchesini Group does its very best to contrast all forms of corruption aimed at gaining undue advantages, whether this involves Private Individuals, relations with Public Administrations and Public Individuals (toward whom utmost transparency and integrity must be assumed).
2. WE BELIEVE IN THE VALUE OF PEOPLE
Our People, thanks to their passion and their enthusiasm, are the stronghold of the Marchesini Group. Therefore, our respect toward them and their well-being, as well as safeguarding diversities, is a constant commitment of the Group. An interesting, encouraging, friendly and collaborative workplace improves the performance of every work team and of the Marchesini Group on the whole.
1.1 LAWS AND FAIR PLAY
Compliance with all the laws, directives and regulations applicable in the various geographical contexts in which the Marchesini Group works is an essential condition for every action, operation and negotiation undertaken. Breaches of law and current regulations, in any country in which the Group works, are not admitted in any way.
Following the Antitrust provisions, the Marchesini Group promotes integrity and fair play between the parties in reaching challenging objectives and new goals.
In fact, the Marchesini Group does its very best to contrast all forms of corruption aimed at gaining undue advantages, whether this involves Private Individuals, relations with Public Administrations and Public Individuals (toward whom utmost transparency and integrity must be assumed).
3. WE BELIEVE IN POSITIVE RELATIONS
The Marchesini Group sustains its reputation also by informing the market about the facts concerning the Group’s management in a transparent and complete way.
The way of doing business is deeply connected to promoting a sustainable growth, with particular reference to safeguarding the environment and the bond to the social contexts in which the Group works.
3.1 SAFEGUARD OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION
Confidential information concerning the Group, or rather all the information that cannot be published by law, is a fundamental asset of the Marchesini Group.
For this reason, the Recipients have the duty to behave carefully and responsibly in managing corporate information; they shall respect the rules of the Group to avoid revealing information within the company and thus to protect it from outsiders. Confidential information and documentation can only be revealed outside the company if explicitly authorised.
The Marchesini Group forbids the use of confidential information, be it within the Group or outside, for purposes that have nothing to do with the specific function, as well as issuing false or misleading information.
1.2 RELATIONS WITH SHAREHOLDERS
The Marchesini Group strives to create value for all its Shareholders, safeguarding the interests of the Group itself and of the Shareholders as a whole, without any preference for certain categories. It is explicitly forbidden to offer any form of favouritism or preference toward one or more Shareholders.
The Marchesini Group encourages and guarantees correct and transparent flows of information to its Shareholders.
Only the specifically authorised functions may maintain relations with the Shareholders on behalf of the Marchesini Group.
2.1 PERSONNEL SELECTION AND MOTIVATION
Our People are selected according to criteria of merit, proficiency, competence, attitude and their belief in the Group’s values. The Marchesini Group explicitly refuses any form of discrimination or undue favouritism when selecting its employees. The Marchesini Group takes care of its People, encouraging their personal and professional development, creating initiatives to strengthen their skills, knowledge and competences. All People shall be guaranteed equal opportunities of training and professional growth according to criteria of merit and the results achieved. We believe in the strength of team work. We therefore encourage effective collaboration based on shared values, objectives and methods, sustained by the passion for one’s work. People must collaborate constantly, exchanging their experiences and actions in order to encourage the consolidation of a feedback culture. The assessment of the performance of each person must bear in mind not only what has been reached but also how the results have been reached. We award integrity, honesty, passion, positive thinking, willpower and innovative ideas. The Marchesini Group develops People who pursue the Group’s objectives.
The company also pays utmost attention to the social-economic fabric of the areas where it works. By privileging territoriality and by transmitting generational knowledge and know how, the Group has proven that the company environment and the performances are much better.
1.3 RELATIONS WITH SUPPLIERS AND TRADING PARTNERS
The selection and qualification of Suppliers and Trading Partners, as well as the definition of the purchase conditions of merchandise and services, must be guided by criteria of competition, objectivity, decency, impartiality, honesty of price and quality of the merchandise and/or service. The choice of suppliers and trading partners for the Marchesini Group is a fundamental element, also to guarantee the innovation and supremacy of its production process and commercialisation of its products. The Suppliers and the Trading Partners of the Marchesini Group utilise operational solutions that comply with law and current standards and, more generally speaking, with the principles of safeguarding People, the health, safety of workers and the environment. The Marchesini Group expects its Suppliers to respect these principles. Where appropriate, based on the quality and quantity of the order placed and on the risk level of the specific case involved, the Group may carry out audits at the suppliers’ premises; it also has the faculty to continue the relationship according to such mandatory values and in compliance with legislative provisions and standards accordingly.
1.4 RELATIONS WITH CUSTOMERS
The Marchesini Group aims at total Customer satisfaction, both in terms of the quality of the product and the excellence of the service. One of the many objectives of the Marchesini Group is to offer innovative products in order to create trustworthy relations with its customers. Customers must be given exhaustive and accurate information on the products and on the services supplied.
Misleading promotional activities on the products are explicitly forbidden.
2.2 RESPECTING OUR PEOPLE
The Marchesini Group contrasts all forms of bad behaviour or harmful or discriminating attitudes against People, in view of their genre, nationality, culture, religion or any other personal characteristic. The Marchesini Group encourages a work environment where People feel free to express their beliefs, provided they respect those of others and the dignity of everybody.
Each Recipient must work proactively to maintain an environment of reciprocal respect of the dignity and reputation of all People.
The Marchesini Group, in all the countries in which it works, refuses to exploit labourers unduly, especially minors. In addition to full compliance with the standards envisaged accordingly in the individual countries, the Marchesini Group safeguards the rights of workers, trade union freedom and rights of association.
1.5 CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
The Recipients must avoid and report any situations and/or activities that could lead to conflicts of interest or that could interfere with their ability to take impartial decisions in safeguarding the interests of the Marchesini Group.
More generally speaking, when maintaining relations with third parties, the Recipients must act correctly and transparently, with the explicit prohibition to offer undue favours, to act collusively or to press for personal advantages or advantages for others.
3.2 THE ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
We are convinced that, not only can business be done respecting the environment and the social context in which we work, but this is actually a fundamental factor for our competitiveness and lasting solidity.
This is why the Group encourages sustainable development, favouring initiatives aimed at safeguarding the environment, energy efficiency and sustaining research of production and distribution technologies that have a low impact on the environment.
The Marchesini Group respects all the standards on safeguarding the environment. It avoids environmental pollution in the form of unlawful emissions into the air, the water, the ground and the subsoil, but also excessive noise and, above all, improper management of waste. It avoids mixing waste, only entrusts waste disposal to authorised and competent companies and manages the related documentation proficiently.
2.3 WELL-BEING
The Marchesini Group safeguards the psychological-physical well-being of its People, aiming at a balance between their work needs and their personal and family needs. We forbid any form of violent or harmful behaviour toward the dignity of People.
Contributing in improving the quality of life of its People is a way to transmit a sense of being a part of the Group and this makes the Marchesini Group not just a simple Organisation, but an Organisation made up of People for the People.
The Marchesini Group promotes social and beneficial measures and services and initiatives that have a real impact on the life of its workers.
1.6 ANTI-LAUNDERING
In observing current standards, the Marchesini Group prevents the use of its economic-financial system for money-laundering purposes and for financing terrorism (or any other form of criminal activity) by its Customers, Suppliers, Employees and the counter-parties with whom it does business.
The Marchesini Group meticulously verifies the information available on all the counter-parties in order to ensure their respectability and the legitimacy of their activities before commencing any form of business relations with them.
3.3 DONATIONS, SPONSORSHIPS AND PARTNERSHIPS TO SUPPORT THE COMMUNITY
Donations must be allocated to recipients whose goals do not contradict the principles of the Code of Ethics. In all cases, such transactions must be traceable. The decisions must be transparent, starting from the choice of the beneficiaries through to the receipt of the gift or donation by the third party. It is explicitly forbidden to allocate contributions to political parties or their representatives or to associations for which conflicts of interest could arise.
When choosing third parties for sponsorships and partnerships, the Marchesini Group promotes activities that are in line with the Group’s mission or in any event with the principles of its Code of Ethics.
In no way may the donations, sponsorships or partnerships be used by the recipients for corruptive purposes: such activities must not indeed be carried out to obtain undue advantages from others who are directly or indirectly connected to their recipients.
1.7 DONATIONS AND GIFTS
When maintaining relations with Customers, Suppliers and third parties in general, it is forbidden to offer and accept money, gifts or benefits, even as a personal gift, with the aim to obtain undue advantages of any kind that go against their official duties or that somehow breach a standard.
Acts of commercial courtesy toward third-parties, likewise for those received, are admitted provided they are of moderate value and, in any event, they do not compromise the integrity and the reputation of the company and do not influence the independent decision of the recipient.
Any form of corruption toward third-parties, be they private or public bodies, is explicitly forbidden, because it is totally in contradiction with the Group’s culture.
1.8 SAFEGUARD OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS AND ANTI-COUNTERFEITING
One of the fundamental assets of the Marchesini Group is its know-how and its intellectual property rights, which it owns, with particular reference to brands, products, software and production processes.
The Marchesini Group works diligently to safeguard this. It is indeed forbidden to use any means protected by the rights of others without appropriate authorisation or in violation of the terms stated by the authorisation itself.
3.4 RELATIONS WITH PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS
The Marchesini Group maintains relations with several Public Institutions with utmost transparency, clearness and honesty, in such a way as not to induce partial, falsified, deceptive and misleading interpretations.
Considering the confidential and delicate nature of the relations with such bodies, only the People who have been appointed accordingly are allowed to maintain relations with Public Institutions.
1.9 SAFEGUARD OF PRIVACY
The Marchesini Group guarantees that any acquired personal information is protected appropriately according to the terms stated by standard, avoiding improper or unauthorised use, to safeguard the dignity, image and privacy of every person inside and outside the Group.
Personal information is processed lawfully and correctly. Personal information is collected and stored only if it is required for certain, explicit and legitimate purposes. Data are kept just for the time required for such purposes and no longer.
2.4 PROMOTING, SAFEGUARDING AND VALORISING DIVERSITY
As a Global entity, the Marchesini Group believes in the strategic importance of being able to comprehend the different cultural schemes of the places in which it works, analysing their identity, relational and communicative orientations. The Group strives to remain open to new viewpoints and to different ways of thinking and to intending the professional and personal experience, styles of leadership, cultural contexts and various other differences.
The Marchesini Group encourages favourable workplaces for the various cultures and transversal collaboration, being a fundamental factor of its competitive advantage.
The Marchesini Group ensures the same opportunities of growth and career to men and women alike, aware that the differences of genre are a way of acquiring competence, capabilities and different styles within each team.
2.5 WORKERS’ HEALTH AND SAFETY
The Marchesini Group strives to diffuse and consolidate a culture of safety, by developing the awareness of the risks involved, encouraging responsible behaviour by all workers and working to preserve their health and safety, above all through preventative actions.
We aim to protect our People by safeguarding them and promoting a workplace where health and morals are protected without unlawful pressure or discomfort.
1.10 COMPUTERISED SYSTEMS, THE INTERNET AND SOCIAL NETWORKS
IT tools are crucial for research, innovation and excellence, in terms of the quality of the product and the service offered to the Customer.
To promote the name of the Marchesini Group and its products, and to establish a direct communication line with Customers, the Marchesini Group uses the social networks as a simple and straightforward means of exchanging information and constructive discussions. Considering the enormous reflection and reputational impact that any information or opinions expressed in these contexts may have, it is recommended to be very careful in assessing the contents and material to be published via digital means of communication.
The Marchesini Group explicitly forbids the use of computer systems or social networks that could represent a breach of current laws or that could offend the freedom, integrity and dignity of People, especially minors, or that could lead to unauthorised intrusions or damages to the computer systems of others.
3.5 RELATIONS WITH THE MEDIA
Relations with the press and the media must be maintained only with explicitly appointed People, in compliance with the procedures or regulations implemented by the Marchesini Group. Communications outside the company must be true, honest, transparent, and cautious and must aim at publishing the policies, programs and projects of the Group.
Relations with the Media must be carried out in compliance with law and the Code of Ethics with the aim of safeguarding the Company’s good name.
1.11 GROUP PROPERTY
Those who work for the Marchesini Group must carefully and diligently use the Group’s systems according to current procedures and shall avoid, in particular, any improper use that could cause damage to or contradict the interests of the Group.
Every person is responsible for protecting not only the systems entrusted to them but also for contributing in protecting the whole patrimony of the Group generally speaking.
1.12 IN-HOUSE CONTROL AND RISK MANAGEMENT CULTURE
The Marchesini Group believes it is important to develop a culture of in-house control and risk management that favours knowledgeable decisions and safeguards the corporate patrimony, the efficiency and effectiveness of the company processes, the safety of products, the reliability of financial information, the observance of laws, directives, standards and regulations, as well as the company statute and in-house procedures.
To pursue such targets, the Marchesini Group has set up some tools, activities, procedures and organisational structures aimed at allowing the identification, measurement, management and monitoring of the main risks to which the Group is exposed. All the Recipients must guarantee utmost collaboration toward in-house functions and independent Bodies appointed to verify the effectiveness of the control system itself.
2.6 OUT-OF-HOUSE NOMINATIONS AND ROLES
The People of the Marchesini Group are professional, knowledgeable and competent people who are often the subject of interest of external Bodies such as Schools, Universities, Research Institutes, Industrial Associations and Local functional and territorial Bodies.
The company encourages and valorises this process of knowledge sharing and distinguishes between the two different cases:
a) Nominations, roles and offices outside the Company, be they gratuitous or upon payment, to be fulfilled during working hours: in these cases, with the exception of any laws and relations with the workers’ representatives, such work is authorised by the General Management after the functions in charge have assessed its nature and connection to the corporate brand.
b) Nominations, roles or offices outside the Company, be they gratuitous or upon payment, to be fulfilled after working hours: such activities can be carried out provided they are not in any way connected to the Group’s brand.