Underpinning its own ethical commitment, Gruppo Montenegro promotes numerous projects:
Responsible alcohol consumption
Through its communication and advertising activities, Gruppo Montenegro has always been committed to presenting a fair and balanced image of alcohol consumption. The main reference brands – Amaro Montenegro and Vecchia Romagna – have always been presented and promoted in a way that seeks to convey certain values, namely commitment, solidarity and collaboration.
The aim of this approach is to promote consumption patterns that are far removed from any type of excess or misuse. Indeed, while the Group is mindful of the fact that it is an economic entity with a duty to create value for its shareholders, it is also committed to expanding its customer base, promoting convivial enjoyment and consumption of alcohol.
Promotion of sustainability at every step of the agrifood chain
In addition to economic sustainability, Gruppo Montenegro is committed to pursuing social and environmental sustainability in its relations with all stakeholders and it undertakes to ensure a fair distribution of value throughout the supply chain.
To this end, the Company carefully oversees and controls supplies through direct action and by involving suppliers in special programmes.
The main commitments promoted by the company are: soil protection, biodiversity, integrated pest management, appropriate and limited use of chemical products, protection of water resources, waste management, energy management, GM-free crops.
Production process management
Gruppo Montenegro’s plants, due to the very nature of the products made and the production processes employed, do not pose particularly critical problems as regards environmental impact. Nonetheless, the Company has implemented an environmental management system at all production sites, allowing them to ensure compliance with legal requirements, but also enabling highly effective monitoring of key performance indicators for evaluating the Group’s environmental impact.
The environmental management systems are subject to an annual certification audit pursuant to standard ISO 14001, carried out by a third party, in order to check continuing compliance with the voluntary certification regulations and the achievement of improvement objectives.
Valuing human resources
Each day Gruppo Montenegro strives to bring the market products of outstanding quality and guaranteed safety, well aware that it could never succeed in this goal without the contribution of hundreds of people who do their job on a daily basis with unfailing passion, commitment and professionalism.
The Company has always worked to ensure that relations between human resources at every level are based on trust and support, with mutual respect for roles and responsibilities, and it takes all measures necessary to maximise individual contributions.
Seminiamo per l’Africa
The company is aware of the daily difficulties facing some communities it interacts with, which is why it cares a great deal about increasing the effectiveness of the indirect impact that its businesses have on the growth and development of supply areas.
To achieve this, between 2011 and 2017 Cannamela launched the project “Seminiamo per l’Africa” (literally ”Sowing for Africa”).
With “Seminiamo per l’Africa” Cannamela chose to increase its commitment and get involved in a major charity project for long-term agricultural development in Africa, and in 2015 it supported and cooperated with an important and respected non-profit organisation, CEFA.
Cannamela launches the first line of Fairtrade-certified spices
Cannamela, a leading spice producer, has launched the first line of spices certified by Fairtrade, a brand name which is acknowledged all over the world, thus adding value to the supply chain and highlighting the topics of environmental sustainability and social accountability.
A careful selection of raw materials, from Sri Lanka, has resulted in a range consisting of four products, available in the iconic Cannamela black jar: Black Pepper, Ginger, Turmeric and Cinnamon.
The project stems from the partnership between Cannamela and Fairtrade Italia; its aim is to enhance the role of individuals, helping small farmers in developing countries to build a better future, through fairer trade conditions.
This non-profit organisation is committed to guaranteeing a minimum price for small-scale spice producers, calculated to cover sustainable production costs, independent of market fluctuations; this helps improve their living conditions, as well as supporting their growth and progress.
In addition, producer organisations are awarded the Fairtrade Prize, to be invested in products of their choice, for example implementing best practices in farming and funding for schools, or the development of businesses to support household incomes: one of the initiatives, for example, is a seamstress school where women from producer cooperatives can learn a trade and earn a living.
Cannamela Fairtrade: one more chance for the consumer to make a difference, without giving up on the taste and quality of Cannamela spices.
Bonomelli Dolzago confirms its FSSC 22000 Food Safety certification
On the 4th and 5th of September, at the Bonomelli factory in Dolzago, the audit for renewal of the FSSC 22000 (Food Safety System Certification) and ISO 22000 standard certification has taken place.
The FSSC 22000 standard is the most innovative, and at the same time stringent, food safety certification recognized at international level. This year the audit has been even more demanding because it came unannounced from the external certification body. This is an even greater challenge for our production factories, which need to be ready for a surprise audit at any time, without notice, in order to prove that the quality and safety of our food products is a natural result of our working processes, as well as a goal which we pursue on a daily basis.
Thanks to the teamwork of our colleagues from Quality Assurance and Control, as well as from the whole Operations department, also this year we have maintained a high performance level; this has allowed us to pass the audit by the external control body which has confirmed our certification.
Gruppo Montenegro: the goal is #GreenCompany
The group from Bologna, market leader in the food and liqueur sector, is speeding up in terms of sustainable development by getting rid of plastic and encouraging separate waste collection on all its premises.
Gruppo Montenegro aims at becoming increasingly green and launches its new environmental sustainability path, developed along several corporate lines, starting with two initiatives: #PlasticFreeCompany and #100%Recycle.
“Our vision ‘Quality of life anytime of the day’ means making sustainable decisions and choosing behaviours which reflect this vision every day”, says Marco Ferrari, CEO at Gruppo Montenegro. “This is why we have started to pave the way for a new path which will lead us to becoming more and more a ‘Green Company’, by starting the first projects within our workspaces. They include basic and concrete actions because we believe that what we do every day can truly make a difference”.
More specifically, the goal of the first project, called #PlasticFreeCompany, is to get rid of all the plastic which is used for beverages on the Group’s premises, thanks to the installation of machines for pipeline water filtering: in this way you have quality drinking water, free of charge and available for everyone, using paper cups or stainless steel flasks which we provide for our staff. Moreover, the cups and plastic spoons for coffee vending machines will be replaced with paper cups, wooden spoons and ceramic mugs for herb teas and infusions.
#100%Recycle, on the other hand, is an initiative aimed at encouraging separate waste collection, by placing new branded containers in all common spaces in offices and factories, thus getting rid of all litter bins on the premises. This is also expected to allow for more efficient collection operations, as well as to encourage greater use of recycled materials to protect the environment.
It is sustainability path in respect of which all the employees at Gruppo Montenegro are involved.