The sustainability model

Snam considers sustainability to form an integral part of its business model. It is in fact a leading factor in defining the Company’s strategic and operational decisions and a lever for long-term sustainable growth. Meanwhile it delivers the shareholders’ expected results, sharing the value generated with all of its stakeholders including in terms of environmental and social issues.

The Company bases the day-to-day conduct of its activities on the principles set out by international bodies and conventions on the protection of human rights, employment and trade union rights, health, safety and environmental rights, repudiation of forced labour, child labour and any form of discrimination, and on conformity with values and principles concerning fairness, transparency and sustainable development. These principles are listed in the Code of Ethics adopted by all the Companies, which are the basic tools for guiding the conduct of personnel and for responsible management of relationships with the stakeholders.

In order to give greater visibility to this commitment, Snam is a signatory to the UN Global Compact. This international initiative upholds ten universal principles concerning human rights, employment, the environment and the fight against corruption, and brings together governments, businesses, United Nations agencies, labour organisations and civil associations, with the aim of contributing to the creation of a more inclusive and sustainable global economy. Snam’s commitment to the Global Compact also continued in 2012 with numerous activities for engagement and dissemination of the ten principles by participating both actively, as a member of the Italian Global Compact Network, in the meetings of the Environment and Human Rights Working Group and in specific initiatives aimed at its own stakeholders.

Snam’s sustainability management model extends to all Group companies and is integrated into all phases of the corporate business process (Planning, Management, Control, Reporting, Communication and Stakeholder Engagement). The Board of Directors takes on a central role in defining the policies, while the Sustainability objectives, submitted for the approval of top management, are pursued by means of specific short- and medium-term projects and initiatives included in the Company’s action plan. All of the activities provided for by the model are coordinated by the Snam sustainability office with the participation of the various Snam offices and subsidiaries.

Snam publishes its Sustainability Report annually, which it considers to be an important instrument for strategic control and communication with stakeholders. The Report, approved by the Board of Directors at the same time as the annual financial report, examines the activities carried out according to economic efficiency, environmental protection and social protection, providing the performance indicators on which the business is measured and compared publicly.

The results achieved and maintained over time have enabled Snam shares to maintain their position in the main ethical indices, such as the Dow Jones Sustainability Index World, the FTSE4Good Europe Index, the FTSE4Good Global Index, the ECPI Ethical Index Euro and the Stoxx Global ESG Leaders Index.

Starting in 2012, Snam will be creating its own path to sustainability, in line with the Shared Value approach that places high value on the connection between the economic system and society and redefines the boundaries of corporate social responsibility. The premise of this new concept is that companies need to take action to reconcile business and society by placing a high value on knowledge, best practices and current or possible future initiatives: in short, to create economic value in ways that generate value simultaneously for the Company but also for the stakeholders and the locations where it operates.

Following this approach, the Company has, during the year:

  • started mapping some of the processes capable of driving value generation;
  • implemented several initiatives;
  • initiated additional processes to identify possible new projects that maximise positive external results.


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Scope for generation of Shared Value


Within the framework of supplier relationships, making corporate know-how available through a system of knowledge sharing, which will help companies in the supply chain in a process of continuous improvement that can increase both their own competitiveness and the dependability of their partnership with Snam, to the ultimate benefit of service quality.

My safety is your safety
Workshop, organised by Snam Rete Gas in Milan, intended for companies involved in work processes regarding natural gas pipelines and compression stations: an opportunity for dialogue between the Company and its suppliers on the subject of health and safety for the protection of workers and the workplace.

Legality Protocols
In 2012 Snam also continued pioneering the distribution of Legality Protocols by means of its involvement in the activities relating to the construction of the ‘Pedemontana Veneta’ toll expressway and to the Protocol signed by the Region of Sicily, the Regional Council for Energy and Public Utility Services, the Ministry of the Interior, the Prefectures of the Sicilian provinces and Confindustria Sicilia. This experiment demands ethical behaviour from the Company and all its suppliers and subcontractors, through an approach that is even more restrictive than the legal requirements, ensuring that legality is protected by guarding against the risk of corruption and in support of the fight against the mafia.

The Suppliers’ Portal
In the final months of 2012 Snam launched its Supplier Portal project, a web platform that will improve two-way communication on several subjects, including sustainability (in its broadest sense, from respect for the environment and land, through compliance with all applicable regulations, to encouraging the skills of staff).

As part of the Snam’s management and enhancement of sites and infrastructure, sharing space and knowledge with stakeholders in the area, to encourage public acceptance of the legitimacy of the networks and the creation of competitive advantage for the area.

GNL Italia shares a new green area with the local area
GNL Italia has provided the local community with ownership of a green area within its plant at Panigaglia, in Fezzano (SP), taking care of complete restoration of the landscape and environment and creating a scenic route open to the public. Under the terms of the agreement, the Municipality of Portovenere (SP) may also make use of some business space equipped (by Ca Bertocchi) to host conferences and public meetings.

The Italgas Historical Archive and Museum: an historic asset for the community
The Italgas Historical Archive and Museum contains a wealth of knowledge that is testimony to the life of the Company and of a technological revolution that has helped to change the face of the region: here, in 2012, the Company sought to enhance its cultural heritage through the creation of ‘Thursday Workshops’, an educational programme aimed at primary and secondary schools, using archived records to tell not only the history of the Company but also a part of the history of Italy and of the city of Turin.

As part of the implementation of new investments, sharing with local communities and disseminating among local protagonists knowledge of best business practices in the application of naturalistic engineering techniques in particularly delicate areas with complex ecosystems, such as parks and protected areas.

Sustainable trails for the Parco di Nebrodi, Sicily
Publication of the book “Sustainable Trails. Nebrodi Park”, a publishing project to enhance the value of environmental work in society. The first volume is devoted to the accomplishment of the Bronte-Montalbano Elicona natural gas pipeline, which runs for 15 kilometres through the Parco dei Nebrodi. This initiative is intended to represent a positive example of integration between sustainable economic development and the preservation and enhancement of the environment, through the action taken in collaboration with the Park Authority, the Environmental Observatory, experts from the University of Palermo and environmental groups.

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