The future of plastics is green: the summit of Confartigianato
The event 'The future of plastics is green was held in Gallarate on Tuesday 28 November, competitiveness strategies for companies' was held: a conference about sustainability in products and processes, about the use of new materials, about the relationship with territories, communities, people, collaborators, suppliers and customers, and about the transparency of company decisions and choices.
The topics discussed focused on how companies can adapt to ESG principles, what they should do, how and when.
Omniaplastica was there with the contribution of Luca Castellanza, Group Managing Director, to share thoughts and action points.
The new rules of sustainability
The European Union is dictating increasingly stringent rules on the subject of environmental sustainability: twenty regulations in just under eleven months imposed a series of directives that will affect, above all, small and medium-sized companies.
Compliance with these directives is only part of the scenario that awaits entrepreneurs and that deals with the ESG principles - Environmental, Social and Governance, which finally regulate the sustainable operations of companies in a concrete manner.
"Not conforming to ESG principles," clarified Mauro Colombo, managing director of Artser, " might exclude companies from the market, lead to the loss of some customers and to receiving a negative credit rating from banks, which today look upon the 'sustainability rating' as the seal of approval of a company".
A docufilm to better understand business sustainability
In order to convey the 'sustainable' message loud and clear, a docufilm was made by Confartigianato Imprese-Territorio. It took more than five months of investigation and involved large and small companies, prototyping laboratories, university lecturers and artists.
Cristiano Citterio, Product Regulatory Affairs Manager R&D at LATI - Industria Termoplastici Spa., spoke about the European directives that call for products with a reduced content of dangerous substances and their impact on production, pointing out that Italy occupies one of the top positions in Europe on the recycling front.
For Michele Bandera, member of the Board of Directors of Costruzioni Meccaniche Luigi Bandera Spa, "ESG principles translate into the 'doing good business' that means generating wealth for one's company and the community. The process, according to Bandera, is also closely linked to the world of young people, who, with digitalisation, bring a great deal of attention to environmental safety and security, and he pointed out that some courses at the Higher Technical Institutes are more focused on what businesses need than some university faculties.
Gian Luca Ranzato, owner of Color Plast Srl, emphasised how large companies are an important driver for sustainability and are also able to drive small and medium-sized enterprises towards change.
Luca Castellanza, for Omniaplastica, pointed out that the timelines for change imposed by Brussels to comply with ESG principles are stringent. Companies that are not prepared or interested in change are doing 'greenwashing', acting more in theory than in practice.
"It is important for companies to change their behaviour, but a new mindset is also required from consumers, and our task is also to train young people who can deal with these new environmental parameters competently".
Davide Zucchelli of Plastì Srl also agrees: 'Acquiring new professionalism is fundamental to approach this path, which, however, requires a demanding economic effort from companies.
And if, on the one hand, there are calls for tenders intended to help companies along this sustainable path, on the other hand we feel the need for more precise regulation in the plastics sector.
The path identified by all is cooperation.
Virtuous partnerships are the way to sustainability, which must be urgently pursued.
We are already on the way.