There are stories that are worth telling and supporting… one of them is that of Bernardo Bernardini, a very young airline pilot who – when he was only 19, following an accident while training – risked never being able to walk again.
Recovering from such an accident has been no mean feat, however Bernardo finally succeeded! And in order to prove that you should never give up, he has become a Triathlete, competing in a sport which combines swimming, cycling and running.
This is the concept behind the 4ALL project, aimed at promoting sport as something truly inclusive, within everyone’s reach; in 2019 it resulted in the event “Road to Rome”, a cycling route which Bernardo has decided to complete in order to bring a universal message of integration and courage, showing that in life you can actually achieve goals which were considered impossible.
This year Cuore, a brand which has always promoted physical exercise combined with a healthy diet as a valuable tool for everyone, regardless of age and physical abilities, has decided to support the project entitled Road to Rome 2021, whose aim includes raising funds for Leonardo, a 17-year old boy who has been diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a highly aggressive form of bone cancer requiring an extremely complex and expensive physiotherapy protocol for neuro-rehabilitation.
The race started on the 23rd of June and Bernardo – having travelled 776 kilometres and burned almost 20.000 calories – arrived in Rome on Tuesday 29th June, completing the third edition of Road to Rome 2021, passing the Coliseum and several other iconic places in the Eternal City, meeting many important personalities along the way, thus making his message of integration and inclusiveness sound loud and clear.
We cannot help feeling proud of having stood by him during the Road to Rome 2021 race, conveying such a significant message of inclusiveness and integration.
Sustainability and future
Sustainability is not just a priority: it’s an integral part of Gruppo Montenegro’s future. And also entails making things happen.
Cristina Danelatos, our HR & Corporate Communication Director, has talked to Food about the strategies selected by Gruppo Montenegro in respect of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals included in the UN’s Agenda 2030.
Food is the most important specialised magazine for industries and retailers in the Food & Beverage sector. Here the link to the interview.
1/3 of the food produced (for human consumption) worldwide is thrown away before it reaches the table (source: FAO, Global Food Losses and Food Waste, 2011)
3 billion tons of edible food are thrown away every year in the world (source: FAO, Global Food Losses and Food Waste, 2011)
88 million tons of food are thrown away every year in Europe, of which 53% in the household (source: EU Fusions, Estimates of European food waste levels, 2016)
40% of waste in industrialised countries is concentrated during the distribution and consumption phase (FAO, Make Not wasting a Way of Life, 2016)
8-10% of emissions at global level are caused by food waste (if it were a country, in a country ranking, it would be third after China and USA) (source: FAO, Food Wastage Footprint: Impacts on Natural Resources, Summary Report, 2013)
The fight against food waste involves communities all over the world. Also the UN has added to its Sustainable Development Objectives – in the Sustainable Change section – the target of halving food waste worldwide, both at retail and consumer level, as well as of reducing food losses along the production chain, including the post-harvest phases.
Every small action can make a difference!
Gruppo Montenegro has decided to join the Pact against Food Waste, launched by the association Too Good To Go on the occasion of the nationwide Day against Food Waste, on the 5th of February.
Too Good To Go, with which we are already partnered through our Atelier della Natura Bonomelli, which donates its leftovers every day to be used as Magic Boxes, was established in 2015 in Denmark for the purpose of counteracting food waste.
Their app is present in 15 countries (Europe and United States), it has more than 50 million users, and allows shops and companies to collect and sell online their food leftovers (“too good to go”!) to make Magic Boxes, i.e. “doggy bags” with a surprise selection of fresh products and dishes which cannot be sold the next day.
The Pact will be launched on the occasion of the Day for Prevention of Food Waste, scheduled for the 5th of February this year; it is a virtuous alliance between companies, supermarkets and consumers, with a view to bringing down food wastage rates over the next three years through concrete actions and initiatives at all levels of the agri-food chain.
For Gruppo Montenegro sustainability is a fundamental value, and also in this case any route to success consists of many steps!
Cuore Nutrition Academy
Because of its dedicated and constant commitment in the medical-scientific sector, over the years Cuore has established a relationship based on trust with doctors and nutrition experts. Through the Cuore Nutrition Academy it promotes research and scientific culture on the subject of nutrition and wellbeing. Last but not least, Cuore works with experts for the professional advancement of doctors and nutrition experts with regard to the most advanced scientific data in the area of cardiovascular fitness.
According to a recent survey by ISTAT (the Italian National Statistics Institute), as many as 33.8% of households do not have a pc or tablet available, while 57% of children have to share one computer with the rest of the family. This issue goes beyond the need which has been highlighted by the Covid-19 pandemic; indeed education is bound to become increasingly digitised, which means that students will be needing more and more online supports for their schoolwork.
During the lockdown period, four teenagers from Milan decided to set up PC4U.tech, a non-profit project whose purpose is to help deal with this problem. PC4U.tech is a web platform designed to connect students who need a device (PC or Tablet) for online learning with individuals or companies wishing to donate functioning second-hand devices.
… and Gruppo Montenegro has chosen to support this project by donating its stock of unused laptops.
Gruppo Montenegro has become part of the Network of Fondazione Libellula, a group of companies which have agreed to become ambassadors of an inclusive culture, resulting in sensitivity and courage. Why Libellula (“Dragonfly”)? This animal spends most of its life at the bottom of a pond, then finally emerges from the mud and learns to fly. It has thus become a symbol of transformation, of the constant process of change, freedom and balance. Why the colour red? Apart from being a symbol of the fight against violence, red also stands for vital energy and willpower.
Being “the only one there” is still a common experience for many women on the workplace: one woman out of five says she is often the only female, or one of the few, in the room, and this is twice as frequent with regard to senior positions or technical professions. Talent, performance and aptness are the only factors that count. This is our company. These are our people. This is why we have decided to join the Fondazione Libellula network.
Have you ever wondered where the all remainders of the day end up? Through #AtelierDellaNaturaBonomelli we have decided to join the project Too Good To Go, the app which allows you to buy our magic box products at a very convenient price.
Together we can fight food waste: check out our Atelier on the Too Good To Go app!
Our Plants in Zola, Cannamela and Dolzago obtain the UNI ISO 45001:2018 certification as well as the UNI ISO 14001:2015 certification renewal
Another significant achievement as part of our HSE development plan!
Over the past few weeks a scheduled audit on the Dolzago plant has been performed by CSQA, also including Bonomelli Srl in the process of Occupational Health & Safety System certification (UNI ISO 45001:2018 standard) and Environmental Management certification renewal (UNI ISO 14001:2015 standard) for Gruppo Montenegro, which is now complete.
As in the case of Zola – Cannamela Division – and of the Montenegro Srl plants, we are particularly satisfied and proud of this further result, also because, here again, the Auditors at CSQA have complimented us for the effort made over the past few years, which has allowed the HSE Management System to grow and develop according to the requirements of Gruppo Montenegro.
We have moved another step forward towards a #GreenCompany plan: in all our Plants we will be printing on “Multicopy Zero” paper, with a neutral and sustainable carbon footprint, totally chlorine-free and with 100% recyclable packaging.
Certified crops: Thé Infrè is at the forefront of sustainable development, environmentally-friendly values and biodiversity conservation, today more than ever. This is the reason behind the collaboration established with the association Rainforest Alliance, whose mission is to ensure production sustainability through the conscious use of natural resources, respecting people and the environment. Farmers and producers are provided with detailed guidelines and parameters to comply with in order to guarantee the highest possible degree of safety and quality.
Just like in the previous editions, Gruppo Montenegro is partnering with LGS to support the third edition of a valuable initiative which took place from 24th August to 4th September.
LGS SPORT CAMP is a sports-camp for children aged 7 to 13 with a vulnerable family background. The Camp is totally free of charge and it aims to provide a useful service to families during school holidays -with a special focus on the weakest segments of the population – as well as to allow young people to enjoy the cultural and psychophysical benefits associated with sports.
The children are involved in different sports activities and recreational/educational workshops. Besides, they have the opportunity to meet professional athletes and listen to their stories.
This will happen, of course, in compliance with specific guidelines and safety and health protection protocols.
Over the last few months, the health emergency has severely limited the possibilities for children and teenagers to enjoy new experiences away from their families and homes. This edition will surely be remembered for the extraordinary circumstances during which it took place and for the renewed commitment to reach out to the neediest families and youth in the local community.
Bosco di San Francesco, Assisi (PG)
Property of FAI since 2008
Photo by Roberto Berti 2012 (C) FAI
Castello di Avio, Sabbionara d’Avio (TN)
Property of FAI since 1977
Photo by Martina Vanzo 2017 (C) FAI
Castello e Parco di Masino, Caravino (TO)
Property of FAI since 1988
Photo by Dario Fusaro 2008 (C) FAI
Gruppo Montenegro renews its support for FAI – The Italian Environmental Trust- also for 2020 and it joins the Corporate Golden Donor membership programme.
The landscape and cultural heritage which FAI protects and promotes represents an asset that has no parallel in the world, as well as a fundamental resource for investment to revive, develop and promote our Country.
FAI’s commitment is aimed at: protecting Italy’s awe-inspiring artistic, natural and cultural jewels while making them accessible to everybody; educating and raising awareness within the community about the importance of knowing about, respecting and taking care of art and nature; acting as a mouthpiece for civil society demands by monitoring and being actively involved in the territory.
Cultural heritage has a great value for local communities. In this respect, companies can play a decisive role in handling social, cultural and environmental problems. Gruppo Montenegro is no exception: since our foundation, we have always been closely bound to our territory and community.
Quality of life any time of the day.
DTP 030 and DTP 096 Certification Renewal Audit for Olio Cuore
Olio Cuore has passed the audit for the renewal of Product Certifications NON-GMO DTP 030 and DTP 096: Corn seed oil with a high content of polyunsaturated fatty acids and vitaminised, with a minimum content of polyunsaturated fatty acids equal to 56% of vitamin E -equal to 80 mg/100 g- and vitamin B6 -equal to 1 mg/100 g.
This renewal confirms that Olio Cuore is obtained from non-genetically modified corn, it has a high content of polyunsaturated fatty acids and it is vitaminised.
The certification process had a very positive outcome -all the requirements were met- but that is not all: the certifying body CSQA also made positive comments about Olio Cuore production handling during the COVID-19 emergency.
This is further confirmation of the great importance Montenegro Group places on its products’ quality and safety, two key elements for all our brands.
Smart Printing: a new digital solution for Service, Security and Sustainability whenever we print
The ‘Smart Printing’ project is part of the digitalisation process that Montenegro Group is undertaking in all its business areas and further evidence of its firm commitment to environmental sustainability.
The project entails replacing current printers with latest-generation ones in all the plants.
What do the ‘3 Ss’ underpinning the project stand for?
Service: everybody, even external guests, will be able to send files from their PCs, Smartphones or Tablets to any of the company printers, without having to go through the printer set-up procedure on their device.
Security: any printing request will have to be confirmed by using any of the company printers to introduce one’s own PIN, or by using one’s own badge or smartphone for user recognition.
Sustainability: all printers will use only FSC-certified or recycled paper and black/white double-sided printing will be the default setting. These simple settings will allow us to save about 180k sheets per year, equal to 2.5 trees, and they will cut toner consumption by 50%, significantly reducing our environmental impact in terms of consumption and disposal. Finally, all printers will allow energy savings of 24% each year, as certified by Energy Star.
A further step forward in the domains of #DigitalTransformation and #GreenCompany, two pillars of our way of working.
Our plants in San Lazzaro, Teramo and Foggia obtain the UNI ISO 45001:2018 certification as well as the UNI ISO 14001:2015 certification renewal.
A new goal has been reached in the HSE area… or rather, three!!!
Montenegro Group is carrying on its Occupational Health & Safety System Certification process according to the new reference Standard UNI ISO 45001: 2018, as well as the Environmental Certification renewal process according to Standard UNI ISO 14001: 2015.
Over the last few weeks, the certifying body CSQA has carried out its periodic audit of the HSE Integrated Management System at the plants of San Lazzaro, Teramo and Foggia.
As it had happened with the Group Headquarters, also in this case we feel particularly satisfied and proud of this result as well as of the renewed appreciation received from CSQA Auditors who, referring to the plants in Teramo and Foggia, pointed out that over the years Montenegro Group has strengthened its presence even at the ‘more peripheral’ sites.
Like for all other goals achieved in the past, also this further big result was possible thanks to all our collaborators -who use their know-how every day to support the HSE System and make it develop- and to anybody who made their personal contribution just by complying with all the System requirements.
Did you know that Bonomelli loves the environment?
Any material the pack of our Herbal Teas and Infusions is made of is 100% recyclable
Our plant is powered by electricity coming 100% from renewable sources
There is no cellophane in the packs of our Herbal Teas and Infusions, that means a saving of 2 tons plastic per year
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.
Our Headquarters are now certified according to the UNI ISO 45001:2018 Occupational Health and Safety Management System, and their UNI ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Certification has been confirmed
Even during this complex management phase associated with the Covid-19 health emergency, the substantial effort deployed by Gruppo Montenegro on the HSE front has allowed us to make a big step forward.
Over the past few weeks, CSQA has audited the Group’s Headquarters, in Zola Predosa (Bologna),in respect of our HSE integrated management system. This is the first step in 2020 towards certification of the Group’s Occupational Health & Safety System in all our plants according to the new UNI ISO 45001:2018 reference Standard, as well as for renewal of our Environmental Certification according to the UNI ISO 14001:2015 Standard.
We are especially proud and satisfied of having achieved this result, not only because the report does not include any”Non Conformities” (NC) , but in particular for having been congratulated by Auditors from CSQA for the work we have done on all aspects regarding the current COVID-19 emergency.
This great result has been possible thanks to all our staff members, who every day use their know-how to support and upgrade our HSE System, as well as all to those who are contributing individually, last but not least by complying with the standards stipulated by the System in question.
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.
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.
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.
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.