In its first Sustainability Report, relating to the period 1st January to 31st December 2020, Gessi - which is preparing to publish its second Sustainability Report soon - flagged up its commitment to recognising the link between sustainability and competitiveness, as well as the credibility of the company. In his preface to the report, Gessi CEO Gian Luca Gessi, had this to say: “I’ve often thought about how I can explain what the word sustainability means for Gessi, and concluded that it has been a threefold dimension for us: social, environmental and economic. Three dimensions that combine to form both the identity and the image of our company. Body and soul, two inseparable elements. For Gessi sustainable means a development model capable of meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs. Sustainability is not an abstract concept. Sustainability for Gessi means telling our story, describing our philosophy, our values and our connection to our roots.”
There’s a long list of initiatives, relative both to company life and to its production. The former revolve around Parco Gessi in Serravalle Sesia, province of Vercelli, where the company has its headquarters and where four hectares of photovoltaic surfaces have prevented more than 9,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions during the period 2017-2020. The park itself is home to 20 hives, providing a safe haven for more than 600,000 bees, and also boasts a cycle track that employees are free to use for downtime, as well as for environmentally friendly moving between departments. A green footprint that the report says is the common thread that also runs through the Made in Gessi “homes,” i.e. the showrooms in Italy and around the world.
Again, with regard to internal matters, the report stresses that as well as its comprehensive Code of Ethics, the company also set up a supervisory board of independent professionals in 2013, which has led to the introduction of a number of different procedures, ranging from the management of Public Administrations relations to sponsorships, hospitality and gratuity procedures (valid right across the company, from the directors to the employees). When it comes to products, the focus is on the pursuit of sustainability not just at the processing stage, and the welfare of the workers, but also on the development of techniques and technologies crucial for safeguarding resources, such as nozzles that restrict the formation of limescale and water-saving mixer taps.