The Italian Sofidel Group is one of the leading manufacturers of paper for hygienic and domestic use in the world, the second largest in Europe. It was founded in 1966 and today operates in 13 countries: Italy, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Belgium, France, Croatia, Germany, Poland, Romania, Greece, Turkey and the United States. It has over 5,200 employees, a €1,771 million turnover (2014) and a production capacity exceeding 1 million tons. Its fl agship brand is Regina. Other owned brands are Softis, Le Trèfl e, Sopalin, Nouvelle, Thirst Pockets, KittenSoft, Nalys, Cosynel, yumy, Soft & Easy, Volare, Onda, Lycke, Papernet, Heavenly Soft and Confidence.
Sofidel believes that Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility are fundamental for development and made the strategic choice to link value creation to improving the quality of life of its employees and the community it operates in, embedding it in its mission statement: “Making everyday life tidier, cleaner, safer, more practical and pleasant by investing in people and innovation and promoting conduct based on Sustainability, commercial transparency and respect for regulations, with the aim of creating value for customers, employees, partners, shareholders and the community.”
Sofidel is a member of the UN Global Compact and of the international WWF Climate Savers program.
Sofidel considers Sustainability one of its main pillars to lower costs, motivate staff and attract qualified workers, anticipate stricter standards, increase credibility and transparency to facilitate access to capital and enhance its reputation.
In particular, Sofidel has committed to minimizing the impact of production by adopting environmental policies:
- Fighting Climate Change (the Group joined the WWF Climate Savers Program to reduce CO2 emissions by 11% between 2007 and 2012; in 2012, Sofidel reached its goal). The company is currently committed to further cutting its greenhouse gases by 23% within 2020);
- Committing To Safeguarding Forest Resources (Sofidel promotes responsible sourcing of raw material with 99.7% of cellulose obtained from Optimising The Use Of Water Resources (Sofidel is committed to reducing water consumption: the specific average amount of water consumed in Sofidel manufacturing process was 7.8* l/kg in 2014). *sector benchmark: 10-25 l/kg