The Burgo Group's industrial nature and product sector require a business approach strongly oriented towards environmental sustainability, so much so that this has been adopted as a key element in all areas of its business and now forms a part of all its production and distribution cycles: from the purchase and use of resources and raw materials to the logistical choices governing sales and the placement of products in the country.
Sustainability does not only apply to respect for nature and ecosystems. Sustainability also includes the assurance of a healthy, safe working environment for employees and third parties, as well as the guarantee of 100% safe papers for all consumers.
The Group's commitments
- To keep its official accreditation system up-to-date and to widen its coverage.
- To continue operating, updating and sharing its Policy Statement regarding the environment, health and safety in the workplace with all stakeholders.
- To pursue development objectives that improve its environmental performance, as required by the Charter of Principles for Environmental Sustainability promoted by Confindustria (the Group signed up to the principles in 2012).
Actions implemented by the Group
The measures taken by the Group to ensure environmental sustainability are applied to all areas of its activity.
The selection and treatment of raw materials: a historical focus of the Group, the first in Italy to launch FSC® Mix Credit certified wood-free coated paper. The Group is committed to combating illegal tree cutting and has adopted a Good Forest Management Policy aimed at avoiding the use of timber of controversial origin.
Waste management with a continuous increase in sorted waste collection systems and a reduction in waste sent to landfill.
Logistics, with a distribution system that, by expanding the multimodal system, has the effect of reducing pollution from road transport.
Circular economy in the Burgo Group
Although continuous research into efficiency and innovation contributes to reducing the use of natural resources and reducing environmental impacts, the problem that remains is how to ensure the sustainability over time of a linear production model based on the "buy, produce, discard” principle, a model focusing on the exploitation of virgin resources and the inevitable production of unusable waste and scrap.
The circular economy concept is designed to respond to this problem through new production systems in which the useful life of goods, materials and resources is extended beyond their use by the consumer and the subsequent disposal stage.
The aim of the circular economy is to manage resources more efficiently, increasing the productivity of production processes, reducing waste and ensuring that, as far as possible, products and materials retain their value over time. At the same time, the circular economy demands that anything still possessing some residual utility is not disposed of in landfills, but is recovered and returned to the economic system.
These aspects are the essence of the circular economy which, through technological innovation and better management, aims to make economic activities more efficient and to reduce their impact on the environment.
The Burgo Group fully adheres to these principles and believes it is essential to completely rethink products and processes, adopting a business model that encourages waste recovery and reduction from the early stages of the product life cycle.
Among the various commitments assumed by the Group in this regard is the conversion of part of the production of papers for graphic use to papers for packaging or containerboard.
The resulting advantages in terms of the circularity of resources are important: the raw materials for the production of packaging papers are mainly waste paper and recycled paper, mostly of Italian origin. The use of recovered raw materials from Italy in place of "virgin” raw materials of foreign origin gives a further boost to the green economy promoted by the Group.