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UCIMU Presents The First Sustainability Report Of The Machine Tool Sector

Milan, 21 February 2023. This afternoon, during a meeting attended by enterprises, the credit world, institutions, and the press, the first Sustainability Report dedicated to the machine tool sector was presented. It was carried out by UCIMU-SISTEMI PER PRODURRE, the Italian machine tools, robots, and automation systems manufacturers' association, in cooperation with ALTIS, Graduate School Business & Society of the Catholic University of Sacred Heart.
“Sustainability is an extremely profitable field for companies, because it does not only allow to improve the relations with one’s own stakeholders, but it also offers them an opportunity of reinventing and realigning themselves with the European regulatory framework, which emphasizes the importance of wider use of good ESG practices. With regard to this Report, we can affirm that a good number of ESG practices have already been introduced. In the field of capital goods, UCIMU-SISTEMI PER PRODURRE is the first association, in Italy and in Europe, to carry out a Sustainability Report on the sector. This outcome undoubtedly makes us very proud. The next step will be to formalize and extend it to a larger number of enterprises. For this purpose, UCIMU will continue its activity of education & training and support for its associate member companies started over the last few years”, pointed out Barbara Colombo, president of UCIMU-SISTEMI PER PRODURRE, who opened the work sessions together with Vito Moramarco, Director of ALTIS Catholic University.
Stella Gubelli, Managing Director of ALTIS Advisory Srl, a Spin-off and Benefit Corporation of the Catholic University of Sacred Heart, described the contents and the main aspects that emerged from the study: “The project developed with UCIMU is intended to encourage the start of improvement paths in the associate member companies, based on an objective ESG evaluation and aimed at sustainability areas that are important for the sector. We think that this is the most effective way to support the enterprises in facing challenges and seizing opportunities”.
The round table, moderated by Mauro Bellini, Managing Director of, included the experiences of Barbara Colombo, Managing Director of Ficep, Massimo Carboniero, Managing Director and Co-owner of Omera, and Andrea Portosa, Purchasing Manager of Rosa Ermando, as representatives of three enterprises of the sector that carried out their first sustainability report; Natale Schettini, Head of Credit Governance, Banco BPM, Carolina Lonetti, Chief Export Finance & Internationalization Officer of SIMEST, Marco Cantalamessa, Chief Marketing & CEO Staff Officer of SIMEST, who stressed the growing importance of ESG criteria in the evaluation of applications for financing a company’s development and growth activities; Maurizio Bellosta, Managing Director of Rubinetterie Bellosta and Vice-president of AVR, who explained how crucial is the approach to sustainability in a supplying company’s activity when considering to choose a supplier. Patrizia Ghiringhelli, Vice-president of UCIMU and Coordinator of the UCIMU Mark Committee.
The Sustainability Report refers to the year 2021 and was drawn up based on the replies to a questionnaire, which was sent to the associate member companies authorized to use the UCIMU Mark

[1]. Among the 66 enterprises authorized to use the UCIMU Mark, 53 have replied. The evaluation questionnaire prepared by UCIMU in cooperation with ALTIS was created according to a materiality analysis, i.e. by focusing the attention on the sustainability areas that are more affected by the activity of the sector enterprises. In other words, the ESG areas subject to evaluation have been chosen considering the 11 SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) of the UN Agenda 2030, because they were more related to the business of machine tool enterprises.
Analysis Results
The results included in the Report are presented here below according to the three big areas, in which a company’s business is carried out in relation to the sustainability criteria (environmental, economic, and social sustainability).
Environmental Sustainability
For the sector, the issue of circular economy (SDG 12 - Sustainable Consumption and Production) is an undisputed area of excellence, to such an extent that 62% of the interviewed enterprises have implemented good practices. Almost all the enterprises, 98%, carry out a differentiated waste collection; 76% have defined their own goals with regard to the reduction of scraps and produced waste, whereas 50% use raw materials derived from recycling.
From the point of view of carbon dioxide emissions (SDG 13- Climate Action), on the other hand, the enterprises of the sector must still configure their activity. Indeed, only 33% of the interviewed companies have defined goals related to the reduction of CO2 and, even less, 11% of them, have formalized these goals in an official document.
Among the activities included in the package of good practices with regard to SDG 13, only 9% of the interviewed companies have considered the development of compensation actions, whose implementation costs would really be very reduced, taking into account the low environmental impact that the enterprises of this sector have by nature.
Social Sustainability
In a sector with high technological content and specialization, where innovation is crucial for the competitiveness of product offerings, indeed, human resources and thus, high-quality education and training of co-workers (SDG 4 – Quality Education) are among the most important intangible assets. A percentage of 92% of the companies stated that they have set up or adopted a management system to meet the educational and training needs of their employees, whereas 87% have defined education & training goals for their co-workers. More than half of these goals (54%) have been formalized. In addition, 63% of the companies stated that they offer education & training on cross-cutting competencies, as well as on technical subjects and 82% stated that they have adopted procedures for the performance evaluation of their staff.
The enterprises also showed a strong commitment to the sustainable development of territory and community (SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities): a percentage of 68% of the enterprises proved to be conscious of their role as driving force of growth, for example by providing economic contributions to support local bodies and young talents. Among the improvement areas, considering that of diversity and equal opportunities (SDG 5 – Gender Equality), it is necessary to work on the implementation of policies aimed at higher inclusivity, both of female presences and young people, in a traditionally male sector. To date, the workforce is mainly male (86%). Young people represent a really small part compared with the total employees: 77% of the people who operate in the companies of the sector are aged over 30 years. Only 22% of the enterprises have a policy or a committee for the enhancement of diversity and the promotion of equal opportunities.
That said, among the good practices implemented by the companies with regard to equal opportunities and diversity, there is the implementation of a more inclusive policy, as well as the creation of the company’s child day-care centers and actions to support maternity.
Finally, it is necessary for the enterprises to invest more in the governance of sustainability (SDG 16 – Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions) and in the formalization of their own initiatives: indeed, only 30% of them inform about ESG issues through a dedicated section in their websites and only 4% have formalized this procedure by drawing up a reporting document, such as a Sustainability Report.
Economic Sustainability:
In the field of innovation (SDG 9 – Infrastructure and Industrialization), from digital transition to cybersecurity, enterprises are strongly involved in the development of innovative and effective technologies, capable of reducing the waste of resources, encouraging more sustainable consumption models, and ensuring higher productivity for customer companies. Indeed, the results of the survey show that 91% of the enterprises have defined a strategy or future goals in terms of digitalization, automation, and industry 4.0.
Among the most common good practices, there is that concerning the development of digitalization and communication projects with installed products, in order to enable continuous monitoring, in agreement with customers, and predict maintenance needs. Actually, all this implies a reduction in production time and machine downtime, as well as an appropriate use of resources. These activities contribute to improving the competitiveness of an enterprise.
With regard to Research & Development, 72% of the companies have defined a strategy or future goals aimed at a reduction in the environmental impact of products. Almost all the interviewed companies stated that they use labeling or education and training to inform their customers about the appropriate use of machines (91%) and about their correct disposal at the end of their lifecycle (72%).
Overall, the Sustainability Report 2021 shows a general lack of formalization of processes: although 64% of the companies have defined strategies and goals, only 24% have formalized them. The percentage concerning the management and monitoring of sustainable paths, even if higher (39% in a formalized way), is still below 50%. On the other hand, the results of the Report highlight the need for the sector’s enterprises to strengthen their attitude to “disseminate sustainability” by implementing the company’s practices ad hoc.
For more information, contact the following:

Claudia Mastrogiuseppe, External Relations and Press Office Manager, +39 0226255.299, +39 3482618701 press [at]
Massimo Civello, External Relations, and Press Office +39 0226255.266, +39 3487812176 press2 [at]
Filippo Laonigro, Technical Press Office, +39 0226255.225, [at]  
ALTIS Catholic University
Elena Pirovano – Communication, Tel +39 027234 8354, elena.pirovano [at]
Catholic University of Sacred Heart
Tel +39 027234 2307, ufficio.stampa-mi [at]
ALTIS – Graduate School Business & Society of the Catholic University of Sacred Heart deals with management and entrepreneurship for sustainable development. Since its foundation, in the early years of this century, it carries out this mission through research activity, consulting, education, and training for entrepreneurs, managers, professionals, and new graduates. In 2019, it started the “innovation and sustainability” cycle”, a series of educational events that have been exploring sustainability in specific sectors, with the publication of sector reports on plastics, healthcare, fashion, MMR/Mass Market Retailers, olives, and oil, meat and salami and hams, winegrowing, and winemaking. In addition, the spin-off ALTIS Advisory Benefit Corporation has accompanied several companies in their paths of sustainability or non-financial reporting, providing its support for the formalization of strategic plans and the publication of sustainability reports.
UCIMU-SISTEMI PER PRODURRE is the Italian machine tools, robots, and automation systems manufacturers' association. With more than 240 associate member companies that cover over 70% of the “Made in Italy” in the sector, UCIMU officially represents the category when interacting with institutions, Government bodies, and stakeholders, in Italy and abroad. Established in 1945, UCIMU operates on the enterprises’ side, ensuring support for all main business areas, with the aim of encouraging and promoting the growth of the Italian industry of the sector, which has always played a leading role in the international sector rankings.

[1] The Green-and-Blue-Action UCIMU Mark is granted to the associate member companies of UCIMU-SISTEMI PER PRODURRE that intend to operate while devoting the utmost attention to environmental, social, and economic sustainability. In this sense, the UCIMU mark is an expression of the new business approach based on the new ESG principles (environmental, social, and governance criteria), increasingly crucial also for those who operate in the manufacturing industry.