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Ethics and sustainability

For Riri, passion for excellence means – first and foremost – awareness.
The core value of Riri’s passion itself, “Excellence in details”, consists in pursuing ethical attention to the environmental and social impacts generated all along the production chain, as a key element for a corporate approach based on quality and uniqueness.

Because of the sensitive social role it plays within the system as a company, Riri has embarked on a significant monitoring and communication path for a transparent commitment, aimed at its improvement in a variety of respects. Design, raw materials, transport, production waste management, electricity saving, business trips, employees’ daily commuting: these are just some of the many items related to the company’s activity which have been measured and analysed through a Corporate Footprint with regard to the years 2015 and 2016.

Corporate Footprint

These surveys have been completed by referring to the “Greenhouse Gas Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard”, published by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and by the World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD). This document provides useful guidelines and requirements to issue an inventory of Greenhouse Gas emissions by dividing the latter into: direct emissions (Scope 1); indirect emissions related to the production and use of electricity (Scope 2); other indirect emissions related, for example to the transport of finished goods (Scope 3).

Based on this method, which allows for structured data collection (LCI, Life Cycle Impact), the impact assessments were completed using the LCIA IMPACT 2002+ method, a way of monitoring the effects of Riri’s activities based on five impact categories:

  • Human Health, by measuring the DALY (Disability-Adjusted Life Years), a unit of measurement developed by Harvard University which extends the concept of the potential life years lost because of premature death, to include also the years of “healthy” life lost due to disability.
  • Quality of the Ecosystem, by measuring what is known as “Potentially Disappeared Fraction of species over a certain amount of square meters during a certain amount of year” (PDF·m2·y), a parameter which takes into account the impact on the quality of an ecosystem by monitoring the potential fraction of animal species which have disappeared on one square metre in one year.
  • Climate Change, by measuring the equivalent kilograms of CO2 [kgCO2-eq].
  • Use of Resources, by measuring the megajoules [MJ] necessary to extract or produce the resource.
  • Water Consumption, by measuring the cubic metres [m3] of water extracted.

Our goal? Defining a corporate development strategy in a concrete, well-oganised way in order to achieve tangible results.

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