Ethical and social sustainability

Ethical-social sustainability, which is the basis of a fairer and more just society, is one of the pillars of sustainable development, together with economic sustainability and environmental sustainability.

Ethical-social sustainability concerns everyone, both inside and outside the company and also involves organizations, communities and institutions that must take into account factors such as equity, respect for diversity, human rights and develops social cohesion. Encouraging companies to apply the principles of ethical-social responsibility internally also means making a positive contribution to society and humanity as a whole.

Certifications

Similar to environmental sustainability, we have achieved several important certifications for social sustainability. These certifications are not merely statements but significant milestones for us, demonstrating our business practices.

We highlight the SA8000 certification, which values human rights, workers’ rights, protection against child labor exploitation, and guarantees workplace safety and hygiene. This certification is valid for all our production sites, from the headquarters in Lonate Pozzolo to foreign sites. Following that, we mention ISO 45001, which certifies the requirements for an Occupational Health and Safety Management System. Last but not least, ISO 37001 – anti-bribery management systems, fosters a culture of transparency and integrity while developing effective measures to prevent and address corrupt practices in the company.

Our latest achievement is the UNI PdR 125:2022 certification, focusing on measuring, reporting, and evaluating gender-related data. The goal is to incorporate gender equality into the DNA of our organization, fostering a sustainable and lasting change over time.

Corporate ethics

In addition to the certifications listed above, Grassi 1925 has adopted an Ethical Code. This document outlines all the values that our company recognizes, accepts, and shares with both employees and external stakeholders, from suppliers to customers. These values represent our corporate ethical culture and help define business strategies and activities. Alongside our passion for our work, they guide everything we do at every level, from the Board of Directors to the behavior of managers and employees.

To the Ethical Code, we have added an Organizational Model and an Anti-Corruption Policy, committing ourselves to adhere to and respect anti-corruption regulations, not only at the national but also at the international level. For this reason, Grassi 1925 strives to develop greater awareness in its employees for identifying and preventing corruption in various business contexts.

Social sustainability projects

To promote health in the workplace, our company has been participating for several years in the WHP (Workplace Health Promotion) project, an initiative supported by Regione Lombardia, ATS Insubria, and the Industrial Union of the Province of Varese.

Within this project, we have created a fitness path in the large park surrounding the company, where employees can exercise or simply relax outdoors during lunch breaks. We have also encouraged water consumption during working hours by distributing water bottles and placing water dispensers at various points in the company. These small gestures, we hope, contribute to a better working environment and daily habits for everyone!

Additionally, we founded Amici della Grassi 1925 association for employees, former employees, and their families. The goal is to maintain the relationships built during work experience and support non-profit projects.