PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT
Social responsibility is fundamental to Poliform’s corporate philosophy. Our choices reflect a commitment to respect the territory in which the company was born and, above all, to provide an example of positive values by involving ourselves directly in the social fabric in which we work.
That sense of responsibility goes beyond legal and economic aspects and is based in the dialogue that the company has established with the many different interested parties within its own home community, committing itself to the understanding of their needs and to the creation of relevant programming.
Poliform recognizes the importance of sustainable design and has adopted, over the years, an approach to planning that merges technological innovation with careful attention to natural resources. Specifically:
- Poliform products are partly made of Class EPF-S E0.5 particleboard—that is, with minimum formaldehyde content and emissions.
- Poliform uses paint that contains neither heavy metals nor Class I and Class II solvents as defined in Presidential Decree DPR 203/88 (national legislation on industrial air emissions and abatement).
- Poliform does not use wood from protected tropical forests.
- Our packing materials are produced without glue in order to facilitate dismantling, reclamation, and recycling.
- Poliform adopted an optical data storage system that permits to save about 2.000.000 paper sheets in a year. The savings are due most of all to the possibility that more people can check a huge number of documents in the same time.
Poliform has received authorization from the relevant regulatory bodies to undertake reclamation of manufacturing waste products. As a result, we can reduce the amount of waste materials that we put into circulation and, simultaneously, our consumption of fuel oil consuption.
Our company is conscious of its social function and adopted a politic that protects the environment for an authentic, sustainable expansion by using materials from FSC certificated suppliers that have a low environmental impact. The forest stewardship council (FSC) is an international association with members of manufacturing, transformation and marketing industries of the wood and its by-products and ambientalistic and social groups that collaborate to improve the administration of the forests worldwide. Our brochure are realized with paper from certificated forests that are properly administrated from the ambientalistic, social and economic point of view.
THE CULTURE OF SOCIAL COMMITMENT
One of the basic principles of Poliform’s corporate philosophy is the attention we dedicate to people, by which we mean both individuals and the communities in which they live. In keeping with that principle, Poliform seeks to identify local and community needs and to respond to them via a series of initiatives aimed at improving quality of life both inside and outside of our company.
Within this social-responsibility framework one also finds the initiatives that the company has created over the years for the benefit of its partners, of young people, and of the natural and artistic heritage of the Poliform Group’s local community.
Poliform has, for example, dedicated special attention to the next generation, to those who will take center stage in the society of the future. Our goal is to foster an increasingly synergistic connection between formal education and the work world and to stimulate the creativity of tomorrow’s citizens. With that objective in mind, each year Poliform offers to several local students the possibility to participate in an internship in our company as one means of supporting the role of education in professional development.
In addition, Poliform has sponsored cultural development and research programs through publications and contests and has consistently lent its support to sports programs and initiatives.
ORGANIZATIONS & BUSINESSES
Over time, Poliform has developed a fruitful and longstanding series of partnerships with a number of organizations and businesses in our area. Each of these is unique in its approach and objectives, but they are brought together by a sense of purpose and “good will.”
Culture and the protection of our local community play an integral role in Poliform’s social commitment as well, and we participate in and support projects whose objective is the revitalization of the Como community and province and enrichment of the area’s cultural offerings.
Poliform supports the non-profit organization, “Amici di Tanguiéta” (Friends of Tanguiéta), created by a group of entrepreneurs and their families committed to making a concrete difference. “Amici di Tanguiéta” works to provide solidarity and assistance to the hospitals of Tanguiéta (Benin) and Afagnan (Togo), two of Africa’s poorest countries.
Supporting good causes underlies our company’s mission, and making a substantial contribution each year to San Patrignano is one example. Poliform wants to play a role in this important effort to support the lives and dignity of young people in remaining free from drugs of all kinds.
Another mission of Poliform is the support of Comocuore, an ONLUS (Italian non-profit) established in 1985, which promotes initiatives of information and preventive measures to reduce the mortality from coronary illness in the city of Como and its surrounding area.
Poliform has also supported outstanding programs to make fine arts available to the public:
La dinastia Brueghel (Como Villa Olmo March 23 - July 2012)
Boldini e la belle Epoque (Como Villa Olmo March 25th - July 24 2011)
Rubens e i Fiamminghi (Como Villa Olmo Marc 27th - July 25th 2010)
Chagall, Kandinsky, Malevic – Greatest Master of the Russian Avant-garde (Como Villa Olmo April 4th - July 26th 2009)
Klimt, Schiele and the masterpieces ofl Belvedere - The embrace of Vienna (Villa Olmo, Como, Italy, March 15-July 20, 2008)
Impressionists, Symbolists, and the Avant-Garde (Villa Olmo, Como, Italy, March 24-July 15, 2007)
René Magritte – The Empire of Lights (Villa Olmo, Como, Italy, March 25-July 16, 2006)
Picasso – The Seduction of the Classic (Villa Olmo, Como, Italy, March 18-July 17, 2005)