Sustainability according to IMA


 

In 2010, the International Organization for Standardization - generally referred to as the International Standards Organization (ISO) - published its Guidelines on Social Responsibility. ISO 26000 defines the different standards of conduct that must be met by a company that aspires to become or remain "responsible". While not necessarily representing standards to be met, ISO 26000 contains voluntary standards that guide organizations towards sustainable development and promote common understanding in the field of social responsibility.

 
Based on these Guidelines, IMA has identified four major sustainability issues to which it devotes particular attention:
 
Human Resources
Producing high-tech goods that are quite complex and with a high level of customization requires each member of the team to make a fundamental contribution. This why developing the quality of the people working for IMA, as well as protecting their rights and safety in the workplace, are key issues for the Group's success.
 
Environment
Even though IMA's business is non-polluting and has a limited impact on the environment, measures to contain what impact there is and reduce energy consumption are by no means neglected. Adherence to the Carbon Disclosure Project and working methods that maximize energy savings are just some of the Group's commitments towards the environment.
 
Ethics and integrity
IMA was one of the first Italian companies in the sector to adopt a Code of Ethics, a sort of "Constitutional Charter" defining the ethical and social responsibilities of the stakeholders and the rules of conduct to be followed by all those who work in the name and on behalf of the Group. The ability to apply the principles of the Code of Ethics is recognized by IMA as a fundamental value on which to base its corporate mission.
 
Territory
Understood as the economic and social fabric in which IMA was born and raised, the territory is a strategic element for the Group's activities. Between territory and enterprise there is in fact a constant exchange of knowledge, experience and wealth (and not just economic wealth), that makes the relationship both inseparable and interdependent. For this reason, IMA is well aware that its success hinges on the welfare of the community in which it operates.
 
Overseeing these four issues is the more general theme of Corporate Governance, which has to be transparent versus all stakeholders and the inspiration of socially responsible acts that lead to sustainable development.
 
But in the end of the day, what is sustainability according to IMA? It is primarily an ambitious goal that is reached at the end of a long journey, step by step, through compliance with the Guidelines, constant effort over time and a great deal of attention to the four issues that IMA recognizes as strategic for sustainable growth.