Our commitment

Our roadmap for contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainability and innovation are at the core of our business model and drive its development. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are the compass of our commitment.
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Ethical and transparent management

We run our business with a governance model founded on ethics, integrity and transparency to ensure that our organisation is effective, accountable and inclusive at all levels.

Our commitment focuses on:
  • Ethics, with a zero-tolerance approach to behaviours that do not comply with our Code of Ethics and our good governance policies such as our anti-bribery policy, diversity, equality and inclusion policy (SDG16)
  • Transparency, ensuring public access to information relevant to our stakeholders, in compliance with the law and with a commitment to the protection of the data we process in our operations (SDG16)
  • Sustainable success, integrating aspects of environmental and social sustainability - alongside economic sustainability - into our business processes (SDG12)

  • 80% of Atlantia's Board of Directors is constituted by independent directors who define the strategic guidelines for the company's sustainable success; these guidelines are translated into the daily management of the business by the management
  • 40% of the Board of Directors is represented by women
  • The improvement of social and environmental sustainability metrics determines 20% of Atlantia's annual management incentives and 30% of multi-year incentives
  • Environmental, social and good governance factors are integrated into the risk management model, are monitored regularly and mitigated by means of specific improvement actions
  • The Board of Directors has set up a specific internal committee dedicated to sustainability
  • We integrate clear sustainability objectives into our business processes, summarised in our sustainability scorecard

Our improvement targets to 2023 include:
  • Greater transparency: in addition to the parent company Atlantia, all the main companies in which we invest will also provide relevant information on how sustainability is included in their businesses by publishing their own sustainability report
  • Greater responsibility towards the supply chain: the ethical management of the business in line with our good governance principles also affects our suppliers and the third parties working with us; for this reason, we intend to strengthen our supply chain verification and audit processes, covering 100% of critical suppliers in the three-year period 2021-2023
  • Sustainable success and remuneration: sustainable success means creating value for all stakeholders, combining economic return with the social and environmental compatibility of our work. For this reason, Atlantia's management is remunerated based on economic and financial performance and on the improvements in social and environmental metrics. We actively support the link between management remuneration systems and sustainability metrics for the management of the companies in which we invest as well
  • Strengthen cybersecurity: Digitisation is constantly increasing the amount of data, including personal data, that we process. Our commitment to their security translates into strengthening the information security and cybersecurity policies of Atlantia and of all the main companies in which we invest

People at the centre

We actively promote diversity and the growth of our human capital, guaranteeing everyone the same opportunities and investing in the development of those skills that will allow our people to be as much professional as the labour market will demand in the future as well, thus ensuring their long-term employability.

People are our vital force, the engine of change, the protagonists of our ability to create value, as they make safe and sustainable mobility possible every day, connecting places, cultures and communities. Through the companies in which it invests, Atlantia relies on the talent and expertise of thousands of employees who, with passion and responsibility, ensure the operational management of mobility infrastructures and services, making a difference in the quality of life of millions of people around the world.

Our commitment to valuing the thousands of employees who work with us focuses on:
  • Caring for their well-being, ensuring access to quality health services and financial risk protection, and also helping to inform, train and raise awareness on safety among everyone in the value chain - including providers, users, communities, new generations (SDG3)
  • Investing in quality, equitable and inclusive training, according to a lifelong learning approach aimed at maintaining adequate professional skills over time and thus ensuring long-term employability (SDG4)
  • Ensuring equal access and participation of women in employment at all levels of the organisation, without economic disparities in the remuneration of work (SDG5) 
  • Ensuring decent, safe, non-discriminatory, fair and inclusive working conditions for all - including youth and people with disabilities - and equal pay for work of equal value (SDG8)
  • Adopting an effective, accountable and transparent corporate governance model; Ensuring representative participation in decision-making at all levels, while actively promoting non-discrimination policies; Protecting fundamental freedoms and respect for human rights (SDG16)

  • 18 hours of training on average per employee in 2020 
  • 552,813 hours of training in 2020 (+3,9% vs 2019)
  • ≈63% of vacant positions filled by internal candidates
  • 96%  employees with permanent contracts

  • 13.9 injury frequency rate* vs 15.6 in 2019
  • -28% reduction of accident frequency rate in the last 5 years

  • 25.6% women in senior and middle management positions
  • 16% women in senior management positions 
  • 1,033 Fragile employees (disabled, refugees, legally protected people)

* Number of recorded accidents per million of hours worke

  • 32% Women in total workforce
  • 20% Women in management positions in revenue-generating functions 1*
  • 25% Women in STEM-related positions 2*
  • 3,5% People in fragile categories (e.g. people with disability, refugees, etc.)
  • 42% of Atlantia's top management reporting directly to the Chairman and CEO are women (link al nostro management team)

1 Line management roles in departments that contribute directly to the output of products or services (functions such as HR, IT, Legal, etc. are excluded)
2 Employees with a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) -related qualification, which make use of these skills in their operational position
*The data refers to the Sub-Holdings of Atlantia that are most significant in terms of revenue contribution, as of December 31, 2020 (please, see Integrated Annual Report, pg.55), i.e.: Autostrade per l’Italia Group, Aeroporti di Roma, Abertis Group, Aéroport de la Côte d'Azur and Telepass Group

Our commitments include specific targets for improvement to 2023 with regard to:

Equal gender opportunity: increase the presence of women in managerial positions and in the governing and control bodies of the companies in which we invest above 20% and greater access of women to the world of work with at least 40% of new hires (internal/external) in highly professional positions entrusted to women

Fundamental rights: extension of human rights verification and audit processes to a larger part of our activities (activities representing at least 70% of consolidated income) 

Culture of sustainability: spread and strengthen the knowledge and culture of sustainable development at all levels through training, with the aim of training over 70% of management in sustainability and involving at least 30% of employees worldwide in projects and activities with a purpose or impact relating to sustainable development objectives

Safety: reduce the number of work-related injuries to our employees, with the aim of staying below 14 injuries every million hours worked

Territory, community and relationships with stakeholders

We are committed to promoting the economic and social development of the territories and communities in which we operate on a daily basis.

The search for value shared with stakeholders provides the opportunity to combine competitiveness and social value. Our commitment focuses on:  
  • creating conditions for decent work and economic growth along the entire value chain (SDG8)
  • designing infrastructures that enable safe, accessible, and sustainable transportation systems for all (SDG11)
  • taking action to preserve and restore the ecosystems in which the infrastructure is developed to support the biodiversity, as the sustainable use of biodiversity is vital to the social and economic development of territories (SDG15)
  • promoting the development, transfer, and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies by relying on international presence and promoting multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilise and share knowledge, skills, technologies, and financial resources to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG17).

  • €9.2 bln Direct economic value created
  • €16 mln to support communities
  • €20 mln invested in works benefiting the local community
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Our commitments include specific targets for improvement to 2023 in relation to:

Land use, with a commitment to minimise the use of new land for the expansion of existing infrastructure and, where new land is used, this is offset by renaturalisation of equivalent land to protect biodiversity and the balance of the local eco-system. In a nutshell, the net balance of our activities that use additional land shall be at least equal to the environment

The quality of the dialogue with our stakeholder and their involvement, which translates into a positive assessment of Atlantia's reputation by its stakeholders. Our reputation is the indicator of the relationship of trust with our stakeholders - this relationship is the very prerequisite for the existence of our business activity.

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At the holding company level

€ 5 mln to support management of the health emergency to develop: research, diagnosis and healthcare projects ​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​At the individual Group company level

  • Donation of 70,000 masks, 40,000 pairs of gloves and 2,000 litres of hand sanitiser to around 60,000 lorry drivers during the year
  • Flu vaccination support for over 4,500 lorry drivers
  • Donation of 8,000 masks, to indigenous associations and peoples in South America
  • Support in partnership with UNICEF, to 7,000 vulnerable families, together with donation of 1,400 hygiene and food kits
  • ADR setted up a vaccination center in the external areas of Leonardo Da Vinci airport with a capacity to administer more than 3,000 vaccine doses, per day
  • Telepass: has launched a solidarity initiative, with voluntary participation by employees, entailing donation of the value of a portion of residual amounts due to them from 2019. The total amount of €200,000, was donated to the Civil Protection Department

Climate Change

The fight against climate change is a global challenge that involves everyone, in every part of the planet. Reducing carbon dioxide emissions is essential to slow down the increase in the earth's temperature which, as we often experience, generates extreme weather events with extremely negative social and economic consequences. This is why we are promoting the transition of the mobility sector towards a low-carbon economy through a conscious, concrete and forward-looking approach to reducing our carbon footprint.

Our contribution to the United Nations target on climate change (SDG13) involves us on two fronts: the development of infrastructures that make the transition to low-carbon mobility possible, such as e-mobility, and projects to decarbonise our processes and activities.

Foresight is important - we believe that acting early, even earlier than indicated by governments and international agreements, is critical to combating climate change. That's why our ambition is to achieve carbon neutrality in the carbon footprint of our direct operations by 2040, 10 years ahead of the Paris Climate Agreement. In addition, we are committed to contributing to the decarbonisation of the mobility chain also in relation to activities that are not under our direct control. To achieve our ambition, we promote direct and indirect emissions reduction projects that we define based on scientifically defined targets that we intend to have validated by the independent global Science-Based Target initiative.

  • 14.5 GWh energy produced from renewable sources in 2020 (+3% vs 2019)
  • 21% of electricity consumed from renewable sources (15% in 2019)
  • 303k/tons CO2 carbon intensity* down 12% 2015-2020 (-30% 2014-2019)

​​​​​​​* Scope1&2 CO2 / revenue

Circular economy, consumption and responsible generation of resources

We preserve the natural resources of our planet.

Our commitment to the environment, in addition to combating climate change, focuses on responsible management of natural resources through research into technical, technological, managerial and organisational solutions aimed at safeguarding natural capital. We are committed to mitigating the current and potential negative effects of our activities by leveraging innovation and technology as levers to accelerate and maximise positive impact.  

In our business, the circular economy model plays a prominent role. Today, the world's population consumes more resources than ecosystems can provide. Fundamental changes are therefore needed in the way societies produce and consume. Our efforts to promote sustainable consumption and production patterns aim to: 
  • give materials a second life by promoting use reduction, recycling and reuse (SDG12)
  • promote the conscious use of natural resources that serve our processes and activities, such as water, taking advantage of innovation to minimise their use and increase their reuse (SDG6)
  • progressively converge towards the use of only energy from renewable sources, while continuing to increase energy efficiency, i.e., reduce the energy consumption required for our processes and activities (SDG7)

  • 1.4 mln tons materials reused or sent to  recycling processes in 2020
  • 14.5 GWh energy produced from renewable sources in 2020 (+3% vs 2019)
  • 21% of purchased electricity comes from renewable sources (15% in 2019)
  • 90% average waste recovery rate in the 2015-2020 timeframe
  • 75% waste recovery rate in 2020 (down from 87% in 2019)
  • 54% of revenues covered by environmental certification ISO 14001 (down from 65% in 2019)
  • 853 m3/ €mln up from 635 m3/€mln -4% overall use of water vs 2019
  • 1,147km of noise barriers installed on motorway

Our commitments include specific targets for improvement to be achieved in the three-year period 2021-2023 with regard to:
  • Circular Economy: we have set ourselves the challenging goal of allocating over 90% of the waste generated to processes of reuse
  • Resources: we are committed to ensuring that over 75% of the revenues generated by our activities are consistent with environmental management models (ISO 14001 standard); we aim to double the proportion of electricity from renewable sources that we use to operate our processes and activities

Digitisation and innovation

We accelerate our positive impact on people, communities and environment.

Through innovation, we accelerate and amplify our positive impact on people, communities, and the environment. We are committed to investing in sustainable and resilient mobility infrastructure and socially useful and accessible mobility services. We use innovation as a lever for economic growth through the creation of new jobs and the promotion of prosperity in the territories and communities in which we operate. The search for greater efficiency of the resources to be used and wider adoption of clean and environmentally friendly technologies are the guidelines for more environmentally friendly mobility (SDG9)