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)

  • 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
  • Sustainability report published by subsidiaries accounting for 85% of revenue
  • Long-term sustainability plan adopted by subsidiaries accounting for >90% of revenue
  • ESG criteria in managerial incentive schemes adopted by subsidiaries accounting for >95% of revenue
  • 11% of core suppliers active in 2021 audited on ESG aspects, and 22% assessed on ESG aspects
  • 89% of consolidated revenue covered by a cybersecurity strategy
  • 24% of consolidated revenue covered by adoption of a cybersecurity policy
  • 82% of consolidated revenue covered by business continuity, contingency plan and incident response programmes

Our improvement targets to 2023 include:
  • Greater transparency: in addition to the Holding, 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, our 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 our company 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 we invest, we rely 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)

39% women, 61% men
42% women in executive position (reporting directly to the Chairman and CEO)
29% women in middle and senior management positions (+2% vs 2020)
23% women in senior management position (+4% vs 2020)
2.5% of our employees belong to vulnerable categories
Inclusion in 2022 Bloomberg Gender Equality Index
Overall Gender Pay Gap
of 12%

12 lost-time injury frequency rate*

30 hours of training per employee (>600,000 total training hours)
>40,000 hours of training dedicated to sustainability themes
96%  employees with permanent contracts

* Number of injuries with a prognosis of at least 1 day after the event occurred per 1,000,000 employee-hours worked

Our improvement targets include:

Equal gender opportunity
30% of senior and middle management positions, including board members and statutory auditors appointed by the Company in the administrative and supervisory bodies of investee companies, held by women

Fundamental rights
>70% of activities (revenue) covered by due diligence regarding respect for human rights (at least once every three years)

Culture of sustainability
>70% of senior management trained on sustainability issues and >30% of employees involved in projects/initiatives regarding the Sustainable Development Goals

<14 LTIFR (lost-time injuries per 1,000,000 employee hours worked) for direct workforce

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).

We generated Direct economic value amounting to €7.4 billion (+19% vs 2020), distributed as follow:
- 26% (€1.9 bnl) to suppliers and related local areas
- 28% (€2.1 bnl) to providers of risk capital
- 11% (€0.8 bnl) to employees
- 7% (€0.5 bnl) to the State, in the form of direct and indirect taxes and concession fees
- 27% (€2.0 bnl) was retained

We also contributed to the wellbeing of the communities we operate, through:
- €3.5 mln in donations
- €2.1 mln in commercial initiatives
- €1.2 mln in community investments

Increase of the Corporate reputation up 4.9 points since the beginning 2021 (measured by the independent RepTrak agency)

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 our reputation. 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 in 2020 to support management of the health emergency to develop: research, diagnosis and healthcare projects ​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​At the individual Group company level, in 2020:

  • 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.

We published our Climate Action Plan (CAP), which outlines our commitment to combating climate change through short-, medium- and long-term greenhouse gas emission reduction targets and the main actions we put in place to achieve them, enabling the transition to low-emission mobility. The Plan was approved by an advisory shareholders’ vote («Say on Climate») with >98% votes For.
Our goal is to achieve carbon neutrality in the carbon footprint of our direct operations by 2040, 10 years ahead of the Paris Climate Agreement. Our ambition is to be Net Zero by 2050.
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 have been submitted to and being reviewed by the independent global Science-Based Target initiative.

186,862 t direct CO2 emissions (-14% vs 2020)
1,004,160 t indirect CO2 emissions (-17% vs 2020)
32% of electricity consumption from renewable sources

Our improvement targets include:

Reduction of direct emissions (scope 1 & 2): -20% by 2023, -50% by 2030, -100% by 2040, 10 years earlier than required by the Paris Agreement
Increase the renewable electricity consumption: 30% by 2023, 50% by 2025, 77% by 2030, 100% by 2040
Reduction of indirect emissions (scope 3): -22% of intensity of indirect emissions from airport accessibility and road maintenance purchases by 2030, accounting for more than 80% of indirect emissions we can act on

Discover in our CAP the main actions we put in place to achieve them

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)

32% of electricity consumption comes from renewable sources
90% waste recycling for airports
65% waste recycling for motorways
32% of revenue certified by ISO 14001 standard

Our improvement targets include:

Circular Economy90% for the airport segment and 70% for the motorway segment waste sent for reuse, recycling and recovery
Resources>75% of activities (revenue) covered by certified environmental management systems (ISO14001)
Energy30% of electricity consumption from renewable sources (77% by 2030 and 100% by 2040)

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)