We at Guidi are working on our sustainability project, in harmony and assonance with the global principles of the 2030 Agenda.
The Sustainable Development Agenda
On 1 January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development — adopted by world leaders in September 2015 at an historic UN Summit — officially came into force. Over the next fifteen years, with these new Goals that universally apply to all, countries will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.
The SDGs, also known as Global Goals, build on the success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and aim to go further to end all forms of poverty. The new Goals are unique in that they call for action by all countries, poor, rich and middle-income to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and addresses a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection.
While the SDGs are not legally binding, governments are expected to take ownership and establish national frameworks for the achievement of the 17 Goals. Countries have the primary responsibility for follow-up and review of the progress made in implementing the Goals, which will require quality, accessible and timely data collection. Regional follow-up and review will be based on national-level analyses and contribute to follow-up and review at the global level.
Actually, our commitment was born in 2008 when we founded #Guidi4art to promote art and culture.
In 2018 we started a more complete project. We have created our sustainable container: #Guidi4all. A very large box that includes:
- initiatives to support art, culture and sport
- projects implemented for the environment and for people
- commitment to promoting, sensitizing and involving on the purposes of sustainable development
- actions, projects and company improvement plans
We endeavour to transmit our message and channel our efforts, so that we can make our own small yet significant contribution to:
- aiding global development
- promoting human wellbeing
- safeguarding the environment
In our company, we have set very high standards of quality and sustainability to be maintained in our processes. In 1996, Guidi obtained the ISO 9000 company quality certification and in 1998 the ISO 14000 environmental certification. Basic certifications to constantly improve production processes and life in our company, constantly monitored by external bodies.
In 2010 we set up a park of photovoltaic panels on the company factory roof. Today the solar energy they produce covers about 50% of our needs.
We recycle the water produced by compressor condensation. The condensation converted into water and mixed with oil is used to cool the pieces in production. The emulsion of water and oil lubricates the workpiece: it is better to capture the chips and not being pure water does not cause corrosion and rust in the machinery. Emulsion regularly disposed of as hazardous waste at the end of the process.
We have set up an area with internally equipped containers for the storage of spent oils ready for disposal. A functional solution for the order, cleaning and security of the company.
Safety training in the company is continuous with regular refresher courses. Courses implemented for the new equipment use. In recent years substantial investments have been made in new technologies and machinery. We are proud of the fact that the average injury is 1 every 5 years.
Aware of the importance of our role as a company, we carry out internal and external communication projects to improve working conditions, customer service and relationships with suppliers.
The social aspect is also important outside our company: we support various sports activities, local and international non-profit organizations, projects related to the territory.
This desire to pool knowledge and experience is also evident in the company’s strong commitment and efforts within the Nautica Italiana association and API (Small and Medium Enterprises Association). The efforts are directed toward sustainability, a theme shared by all the other members of the associations, to support the formation of groups of companies that might access European or national fundings. The aim is to promote the dialogue with organizations, firms and banks for the creation of financial and tax incentives for those companies that want to invest in sustainability:
- the certification of contractors and subcontractors in the supply chain
- the progress toward sustainable practices and materials
- transfer of technologies
- employees education and training on sustainability issues
- the creation of a fund to help writing projects to access EU tenders
This is a general glimpse, an overview into our action program for people, the planet and prosperity. But we like to tell everything also in every particular. Every little step is present in our dedicated blog.