OUR COMMITMENT

Our History is based on respect for the world that is our home

Our commitment

From environmental certifications, the partnership with UNICEF, the use of pulp from controlled forests, up to the absolute priority given to safety issues, ICT has always stood out for its commitment to people, the environment and abiding by regulations.

Stories of Sustainability
ICT Ibérica: “Hidroeficiencia” project
“Hidroeficiencia” project 
Further evidence of ICT's commitment to responsible water use

Water is a precious resource for life on Earth and is essential in any paper making process.

ICT Ibérica’s commitment focuses on two areas: the humanitarian sector, thanks to the cooperation with UNICEF on the project “National plan for the promotion of water and sanitation in Mali” since 2013, and the environmental sector, intensively working on the production process in order to improve quality and reduce consumption. 

Between 2012 and 2014, ICT Ibérica found out that it was consuming an increasing amount of water.

This finding led to the development of the “Hidrodeficiencia” project (Hydro deficit), aimed at finding solutions to reduce consumption patterns and variability to a minimum.

By applying the Six Sigma method for analysing and evaluating various process and discharge variables, ICT Ibérica succeeded in reducing water consumption by 25% and sludge levels by 50%.

Moreover, the outstanding work carried out by the paper mill staff so as to achieve continuous improvement proved to be crucial to ensure not only long-lasting results but also the success of ICT Ibérica’s “Hidrodeficiencia” (Hydro deficit) project. 

Foxy for Unicef:
a long-lasting partnership supporting children
Foxy for Unicef: a long-lasting partnership supporting children
One of our goals in 2017 is to ensure that 20 schools in the most vulnerable Mopti communities have access to safe-drinking water, basic sanitation and key hygiene practices

Mali is one of the hardest countries in the world for children. 83,000 children die each year before celebrating their fifth birthday due to preventable and treatable causes – such as pneumonia, diarrhoea, malaria. Half of the country’s children live in the Mopti region, who suffer severe hardships on key issues, access to safe water, education or nutrition. 66% of Mopti children live in poverty and exclusion.

So far, this is what we have achieved thanks to Foxy’s support:

  • 6,000 boys and girls have access to water and sanitation facilities in their schools (latrines with sinks and water sources) in the Mopti, Sikasso and Koulikoro regions
  • 13 hygiene teams have been set up, in which schoolchildren contribute to improving hygiene habits in their schools
  • More than 200 teachers have taken part in our workshops on health and hygiene practices.

The goal for 2017 is to focus on the health of the most vulnerable. How are we going to do it?

  • By equipping 20 schools with wells that assure access to and use of safe water for drinking, personal hygiene and food preparation
  • By educating schoolchildren, families and communities on correct hygiene habits.

 

FOXY FOR UNICEF SINCE 2000!

The "Kształtowanie Zwycięzców" programme - ICT Poland
The 4th edition of the "Kształtowanie Zwycięzców" programme has come to an end
Several secondary school students from Kostrzyn nad Odrą took part in the free training programme "Kształtowanie Zwycięzców", organised and funded by the ICT Poland Group in cooperation with the leadership development company LMI (Leadership Management International)

The international company LMI holds training courses for the development of transversal "soft skills", mainly intended for managerial staff. ICT Poland has been cooperating for several years with the Polish branch of LMI for the KZ project, involving trainers from both companies.

The aim of the Kształtowanie Zwycięzców programme is to help young people develop their talent and teach them how to have a winning attitude, so that they can make the most of their skills and become successful in their career and personal life.

The programme involves a series of group and individual sessions held over the course of 6 months; with the support of the trainers, participants learn to define their strengths and to work on their personal and school goals. At the end of the programme, the students make a presentation that sums up what they learnt during the course and receive the final certificate.

The fourth edition of the programme was recently completed. After presenting their works, the students and their trainers celebrated the end of the KZ training course with an official lunch.

"We suggest and choose Foxy Helps Children"
"We suggest and choose Foxy Helps Children"
It is a programme of ICT Poland that aims to provide financial support to local institutions that are committed to supporting children

The company’s employees suggested local institutions that they believe are particularly deserving of support and then chose the three institutions that would receive the donations allocated by ICT Poland.

The awarded organisations were:

- Association for children with leukaemia and cancer and their families tumori (Stowarzyszenie Dzieci i Rodziców chorych na białaczkę i inne choroby nowotworowe)

- The student sports centre “Czwórka” (Uczniowski Klub Sportowy “Czwórka” di Kostrzyn nad Odrą)

- The sports association “Szkoła Tańca Qest” (Stowarzyszenie Klub Sportowy “Szkoła Tańca Qest” di Kostrzyn nad Odrą) 

ICT Ibérica obtains a FSC® Certification
ICT Ibérica obtains a FSC® Certification
ICT Ibérica has recently obtained the Chain of Custody Certification, in accordance with FSC standards

ICT Ibérica has been working hard to integrate this Certification, and by taking an advantage of the experience of the plants already certified within the group, it managed to successfully conclude this important process.

In this way, we have been able to align ourselves with the history of our Group, which has always been distinguished by its commitment to respect the world around us, oriented towards people, the environment and all the regulations in force.

With a FSC Certification, we guarantee to our customers and consumers the selection of reliable cellulose suppliers that guarantee their commitment to environmental sustainability and to the Chain of Custody as a control mechanism for the traceability of forest products.

The attainment of the FSC Certification is a further link in our social commitment, which together with other certifications places us at the forefront of tissue suppliers in the Iberian market.

Pure pulp specialists
Specialists in virgin fibre
A sustainable choice for both consumers and the environment

ICT chose to work with Virgin Fibre from its very beginning. It was a strategic decision, which the Company has developed through the years, and to which it is firmly committed in the manufacture of finished product. Tissue paper made with virgin fibre has a premium look and optimal performances, and is able to fulfil even the most demanding consumers’ expectations. But it also has hidden advantages: there are no migrating chemical additives, it is always safe for contact with the skin, and is equally suitable for contact with food. In its constant drive towards sustainable manufacturing, ICT only uses fibres from sustainable forests, through vetted and trustworthy suppliers; only FSC® or PEFC™ certified materials are used in ICT finished product. This means that the forests from which virgin fibre is sourced are constantly audited by independent bodies, to ensure they comply with strict international criteria. And this, in turn, leads to a safe and reliable finished product. True to the spirit of ICT and its commitment to sustainability.

ICT Poland - Impresa Fair Play
Impresa Fair Play
ICT Poland has, once again, won the title of “Impresa Fair Play” (Fair Play Company), a contest sponsored by the National Chamber of Commerce and organised by the Institute for Private Enterprise and Democracy

ICT Poland has, once again, won the title of “Impresa Fair Play” (Fair Play Company), a contest sponsored by the National Chamber of Commerce and organised by the Institute for Private Enterprise and Democracy. The company has been taking part in the contest for several years, receiving the Company Quality Certificate every year. The prestigious Fair Play title is assigned to companies, which, regardless of their economic results, pay special attention to compliance with laws and ethical principles, environmental protection policies and the development of local communities. The purpose of the Fair Play Programme is to encourage Polish companies to adopt ethical principles in their economic activity, and to introduce significant changes, not only in the organisation of work, but also in terms of respect for the environment and development of positive relations with the local community.

More safety with OHSAS
ICT spa in Italy achieves OHSAS Certification
The Company has set up a tailor made safety system that has engaged the entire workforce in an awareness campaign and has implemented a process of continuous improvement

In 2010, ICT spa in Italy decided to set up a global system for Health and Safety. The goal was to involve the entire workforce in the project, not just the Health and Safety personnel. By stimulating a debate between employees and their management, the workplace could be effectively improved. In 2013, ICT spa was awarded the Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Specification (OHSAS) Certificate: the system set up by the company had worked. All the employees were engaged in a process to generate awareness on the issues of safety at work. Especially the human factor, which has become more and more relevant. Safety procedures alone, even when implemented at their very best, are not sufficient to compensate for poor concentration. The system set up by ICT spa is based on continuous improvement. Theory and practice are joined by customized procedures that are individually tailored to specific departments and processes. The requirements for safety, efficiency and production go hand in hand and are tackled simultaneously by the same teams. In theory, safety is delegated to a group of safety officers. In practice, it will operate at its best if it is delegated down the chain of command, to the point where employees feel a direct responsibility for the 30m of workplace that surround them. And, of course, instruments must be put in place for the debate to actually take place: people must be given the opportunity to speak out, and be listened to. Messages from staff may deal with maintenance, safety, or both. They are all welcomed, and to date they are all actioned. The result is well beyond the scope of the Certification, with a complete and efficient safety system, in the spirit of open collaboration that is always a feature of the ICT Group workplace.

17 years with UNICEF
Through its Foxy brand, ICT Group supports UNICEF in its commitment in protecting children
The partnership with UNICEF, founded in Italy in 2000, was progressively extended to all other nations where the Foxy brand spread to: Poland, Spain

Since 2000, in Italy, Foxy has actively contributed to the promotion of UNICEF projects, offering concrete financial support and actively spreading the UNICEF message on a national scale through advertising campaigns and other communication activities.

Special graphics were created within this collaboration, dedicated to the programs promoted by UNICEF, which cover the Foxy packs during a particular time of the year and which bring the UNICEF message and logo to retail outlets and the home of consumers.

Since 2002, in Italy, Foxy is the unique sponsor of the “Adotta una Pigotta” (Adopt a Rag Doll) initiative, which has so far saved more than one million children. For the affinity to UNICEF and its cause it has become a distinguishing feature of the experience of the Foxy brand, other initiatives have been identified in Spain and Poland, which are supported and promoted in the same way. Foxy has supported the vaccination campaign of UNICEF in Poland since 2009 and since 2013 it has embraced the "Escuelas en Mali" (Schools in Mali) project in Spain. All this proves the perseverance and increasing commitment with which ICT has chosen to stand together with UNICEF and the children that UNICEF helps and supports.

Thinner nappies: more comfort for babies, less environment impact
Thinner nappies: more comfort for babies, less environment impact
New Pozzani Disposables nappies are on the market. Thanks to reformulated doses of cellulose and super-absorbent material, they are now much thinner.  2016

There are many advantages to this new formula. For one, the new nappy - mainly intended for the Private Label market - allows children to move easily, as it is lighter and thinner. Another is that it was possible to reconfigure the packaging with significant savings in terms of transport.

This means either less space with the same number of pieces or more pieces with the same amount of space. Either way, there is up to 30 percent of saved space. And less space means fewer trucks, lower transportation costs and, consequently, lower impact on the environment, in line with the ICT Group’s commitment to sustainability.

Soft Skills in the foreground
Soft skills are crucial to ICT employees
Growth and development of employees goes further than technical and professional learning

ICT Group, through its HR departments both centrally and locally, is dedicated to the growth of its people. A growth that is linked both to the Greenfield policies, that have stimulated the development of entirely new work-related local communities, and to the founding values of the Group. In HR, this means dedicating time and energy on developing soft skills alongside the more specific professional and technical skills. Soft skills generate a sense of belonging that is typical of ICT Group people, reinforcing long-term relationships and trust, and make for a more rewarding workplace. Local talent, social responsibility, safety and quality attitude and continuous learning are at the heart of the personal engagement and Group’s success. And they are strongly supported by ICT Management and HR through dedicated career paths and people care programs. The support to our employees’ children’s education, the partnership with local educational institutes, the skill mapping and the development of the capabilities, the job rotation and the training on the job are examples of our commitment to the growth of our people.

New generation filtering at Pozzani Disposables
New generation filtering at Pozzani Disposables
Pozzani Disposables S.p.A. recently installed a highly efficient suction and filtration system at its plant in Chiuppano, near Vicenza

The new filter, located downstream of the two nappy production lines, intercepts a large amount of particles, meaning that the system, which exceeded the parameters set by the regulations in force, is now even more efficient. 

Consisting mostly of super absorbent micro-powders, the particles are collected by the filter cartridges of the new plant and discharged for disposal, so that emissions can be significantly reduced.

The latest generation suction system is used in the entire production plant, without replacing the previous systems installed on the single lines. It also increases overall efficiency, centralising filtration to ensure greater functionality and effectiveness.

The fibres and powders retained in the first filtration stages are recovered and reinserted in the production processes, resulting in less waste and cleaner air.

The new Pozzani Disposables suction system further proves ICT’s constant focus on production efficiency and on respecting the environment.

IFS certification at ICT France
ICT France – 6 months for the IFS Certification
IDedicated teamwork and a clear action plan behind the success of the French IFS HPC certification: with an August 2015 decision, the company was audited in December and received its official certificate in February 2016

Transparency, reliability, safety and consistency: these are the main pillars of the very strict International Featured Standard (IFS) Certification, aimed at ensuring that consumer products are safe all along the production chain. ICT France took the decision to adopt the Household and Personal Care (HPC) version of the certificate during the summer of 2015. And it set itself an extremely ambitious target: to be certified before the end of the year. With the support of the ICT Group Quality Department, ICT France set up a dedicated team of coordinators from the Paper Mill, the Hygiene, Safety and Environmental Department, Converting, Supply Chain and Support Services. (segue)

The project was based on a series of steps:

- General gap analysis / IFS standard,

- Kick off,

- Team building,

- Detailed gap analysis,

- Documentation,

- Training sessions,

- Training audit,

- Audit,

- Action Plan

The final audit took place in December 2015. And the official certificate was released in February 2016. “In the end, this project was a great professional and human adventure”, said Mikael Perrin, ICT France. “It was amazing to see the quality of the teamwork, and the energy dedicated to the project by each team member”.

Safety at ICT Iberica
Equipment delivery and confined spaces
ICT Ibérica certifies its processes in order to ensure maximum safety in the workplace

After several years of intense work, PM21 has put a complete Safety Procedure into practice for performing cleaning and maintenance work on Equipment and in Confined Spaces. In close collaboration with its workers, maintenance engineers and Health and Safety department, it has developed a set of tasks: equipment blocking, delivery forms and work permits in confined spaces, which keep risks related to machinery stops for servicing under control. To date, the results are very positive, as the accidents related to these critical tasks have been reduced to “zero”.

Certifications

The attention paid by the Group to environmental issues and to quality is evidenced by the many certifications earned over the years and constantly being updated and expanded. Varying from country to country, the certifications obtained by the Group are always proof of its willingness and ability to produce in full compliance with stringent rules and regulations.

ISO 9001
ISO 14001
OHSAS 18001
ISO 9001
OHSAS 18001
ISO 14001
FSC
PEFC
IFS-HPC