Ilip for the environment & CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility)

CSR Policies and the
2020 – 2022 Corporate Sustainability Plan

In addition to the environmental sustainability policy we adopt in regard to our products, based on the concept of the 3Rs, Reduction in the use of raw materials and food wastage, Recycling of plastic packaging in order to be able to reuse the raw materials, taking a circular economy approach and Renewable resources like bioplastics, ILIP now launches a new 2020 – 2022 Corporate Sustainability Plan and CSR Policies.

The search for increasing environmental sustainability is intrinsic to ILIP’s DNA, we need simply take a look at the timeline showing the main steps in the process

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Considering the concept of sustainability in its broadest sense, which includes not only environmental sustainability, but also social and economic sustainability, and drawing inspiration from the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) prepared by the United Nations, listed below (click on the image for more details),

i 17 obbiettivi di sviluppo sostenibile

ILIP has identified a series of areas in its production and business processes to be monitored and has set itself targets for improvement.

Based on the Group’s “Code of Ethics”, which defines, amongst other things, conduct in business, policies governing compliance with employment contracts, equal opportunities and behaviour that is not permitted in the workplace, the areas range from environmental protection and the reduction of the environmental impact of its business and products during production, controlling energy consumption, limiting CO2 emissions and fostering the development of procedures for the internal recovery of reject materials, through to reducing occupational diseases and injuries with the growth and spread of a business culture aimed at preventing risks, incidents and emergencies, integrating health and safety management into all business processes.

Even the value chain is sensitised, from the suppliers through to the customer and, where possible, the consumers, directing them towards making informed choices that take into account the environmental impacts of the products certified by LCA studies or Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and activities carried out relating to worker health and safety, product quality and consumer safety.

Clear, measurable KPIs have been defined for the Integrated Management System, which will be monitored until achieved and thereafter the results continuously improved.

More specifically, as regards environmental protection, Ilip is committed to monitoring the impact of its business throughout the production chain, seeing environmental sustainability as a decisive element, together with technical and economic considerations.

The company undertakes to work in respect of the environment, using the very best technologies available and guaranteeing an efficient use of energy, materials and natural resources.

The main aim is to reduce the environmental impact through specific programmes and projects throughout the value chain: from the raw materials to the production plants and logistics.

In this respect, it should be noted that with the commissioning of the AUTOMATIC WAREHOUSE, with a capacity for 60,000 pallet places, not only will ILIP improve its customer service, but, given its strategic position alongside the production plant, the current product transfers to external warehouses will cease: 8,501 transfers in 2019, equal to 283,380km and 300,000kg CO2 emissions. In addition, the warehouse will be protected by an innovative oxygen reduction fire-fighting system, which will not only protect the products, but also the surrounding environment and communities.

Read our Sustainability Pledge.

Reduce

At Ilip, we work incessantly, day after day, to reduce plastic consumption by reducing the thickness and weight of our packaging solutions without detracting from their performance. This is clearly exemplified by our B19NR fresh produce tray: it weighs 20.7% less than the earlier model and ensures a markedly higher resistance to compression. Besides combating the waste of raw materials, we also undertake to reduce food waste by designing solutions that prolong the shelf life of foods.

Sustainable packaging is “fit4purpose”: more freshness, less waste.

The environmental impact of packaging can only be assessed in relation to the product it contains and the function it serves. This is why a balance must be sought between “underpackaging” and “overpackaging”: efficient packaging protects food products in an optimal manner, extending their shelf life and minimising both food waste and environmental impact. Ilip supports scientific research on the role played by packaging in food preservation with the aim to reduce food waste.

We were the first manufacturer of thermoformed plastic packaging to adhere to and support the Save Food initiative.

Recycle

The vertical integration of R-PET: A closed loop that opens up to the environment.

ILPA is a concrete case of a circular economy, one of the few groups in Europe to have integrated vertically the R-PET-cycle, from post-consumer bottles to new food packaging, guaranteeing origin and traceability. Ilip is responsible for the last step in this process: thermoforming the R-PET reels to produce food packaging in r-PET with an average recycled material content of 80% and the possibility to make packaging with 100% R-PET.
We recycle about 30,000 tons of PET a year to obtain second raw material, thereby avoiding the production of a corresponding amount of new PET, resulting in substantial savings in terms of CO2 emissions, of about 75,000,000 kg of CO2 eq. (*)

This is why we are veritable champions of circular economy.

(*) GWP: 1 Kg PET bottle grade = 2,51 Kg CO2 eq. (PlasticsEurope Eco-Profile and EPD PET bottle grade May 2011)

Renewable resources

Renewable resources such as bioplastics are a valid alternative to fossil polymers. For this reason, many products in our assortment are made from PLA and Mater-Bi® and are compostable e biodegradable.

Since 2002, we have been using bioplastics to produce single-use tableware and packaging solutions for delicatessens, as well as for fruit and vegetable packaging. All of our compostable products are certified and comply with the European standard EN 13432. After use, these products end up being recycled (the composting, if appropriate and available) and the result of this process is the compost.

Compostable
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If you care for sustainability, choose IlipBio.

If you want to learn more about the characteristics of ILIP BIO products, read the manual IlipBio for the Environment.