Sustainability Report 2019
This first sustainability report was created with the aim of reporting to the main stakeholders in a transparent manner, bringing complex aspects of the business to their attention, outlining results achieved and informing them of future key objectives set by the Group, with a view to discussion, ongoing improvement and sharing. The report has been prepared in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative Standard. The starting point for this first year was "Core" level, considered almost entirely achieved. Any data omitted is due to the complex structure of the Group and extremely varied regulatory requirements to which some of our companies are subject. Nonetheless, the report encompasses all the businesses in the Group and includes data obtained for the years 2017 and 2018.
All the companies in Iris Ceramica Group carry out research and innovation activities, and together have developed a new production method in which active ingredients contribute to the environmental sustainability. This amazing technology makes it possible for indoor and outdoor spaces, also interior and exterior of buildings to actively help to create a better environment as a long term contribution. This revolutionary production method also makes it possible to manufacture ceramic materials for floors and walls, and they are able to make a concrete antibacterial action and they lead to a reduction of pollutants, which unfortunately are a constant in the current urban condition. The collection Active Surfaces can be laid, both in the indoor and outdoor environments of buildings, materials that actively and permanently contribute to a better environment.
In order to produce ceramic tiles and stoneware with amazing techniques, the raw materials used are: clay, feldspar sand, silica and quartz. All of these materials are widely spread on the earth’s crust and not at risk of depletion. Some of the clay used is extracted from a few miles away from the factories in the city of Sassuolo. This extraction is always in accordance with legal requirements of most foreign countries. Nowadays, the mining projects for recovering the quarries are strategically planned so it doesn’t drastically change the landscape and it doesn’t damage forest areas.
Iris Ceramica Group has always been committed to help the environment through technology, it’s a constant dedication to the maximum efficiency of production facilities and also by using renewable energy from solar photovoltaics. A typical photovoltaic system employs solar panels, each comprising a number of solar cells, which generate electrical power.
Quality & Environmental Certifications
Iris Ceramica Group's production activities and products have obtained important quality and standard certifications that validate the quality, the performance, the respect to the environment and the conformity with the standards of sustainable design. This process is carried out by continuous auditing of industrial processes through performance tests such as control and risk assessments, on a more frequent basis.