Sustainable practices in almost 7 out of 10 companies

Istat’s estimate

Sustainability actions in almost seven out of ten manufacturing companies69% according to estimatesIstat on the processing of data from the business confidence survey in June 2023. Among these, 56.2% follow environmental protection practices, 60.9% social sustainability initiatives and 39% have carried out economic sustainability actions.

The more active I am large businesses, with over nine out of 10 large companies (90.9%) undertaking sustainability actions; this share drops to 46.7% for smaller companies. From a geographical point of view, manufacturing companies in the North-West and North-East carry out the most sustainability initiatives, respectively 71% and 70.4% of the total manufacturing companies, while in the Center they are 65.1%. , while in the South the percentage is 60.2.

Oil and pharmaceuticals are the most sustainable sectors

Among the economic sectors, the highest share of companies undertaking sustainability actions is found in manufacture of coke and petroleum products (90.5% of companies), follow the pharmaceutical (88.2% of companies) and the manufacturing of means of transport (85.7% of companies). The metallurgy sector emerges as less virtuous with 57% of companies, followed by other industries (62.6%).

Looking at the components of sustainability, in the coke and petroleum products manufacturing sector, companies are more active in environmental protection practices (89% of companies), but also for social sustainability (88.2% of companies) and for economic (with 74.5% of businesses). In pharmaceuticals, the social component prevails, with 83.6% of the companies, the environmental one with 80.6% of the companies and the economic one with 52.7% of the companies.

Safety in the workplace and corporate welfare at the top of the choices

Social sustainability practices (applied by 60% of companies practicing sustainability) include measures for safety in the workplace (53.1% of manufacturing companies), safety of production processes (42.8%), corporate welfare (37.8%); follows the agile working (34.3% of companies).

Parental leave and the protection of equal opportunities are little practiced and are applied only by 23.6% of companies that carry out socially sustainable actions.

Large companies are systematically the most active in all social sustainability actions and the gap with small companies is still notable in all types of actions.

Future commitment

On the basis of what was declared by the manufacturing companies involved in the survey, an estimated increase in social sustainability activities in the three-year period 2023-2025. 65.1% of manufacturing companies say they will be active in the social responsibility actions examined.

Instead, 55.4% of service companies that adopt sustainable practices declared that they plan social responsibility initiatives for the future. But the commitment will be less in particular in agile working, essentially for large companies, and in various other actions, including safety in the workplace, which however remains the main social sustainability action.