SMEs to the challenge of sustainability. A platform for ESG ratings

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Backward on many aspects, but not on sustainability and the circular economy. Italian companies, and in particular those from the North East and North West, have demonstrated that they know how to keep pace with innovation and attention to the environment and people, also as a competitive lever, aware that to be successful on foreign markets it is necessary to be “green”.

Between 2018 and 2022, more than 510 thousand (35.1% of the total, or more than one in three) Italian companies made eco-investments. In this context, the North-East recorded a +14.1% in 2022 compared to 2021, and a number of hirings linked to “green” professions of 35.4%, higher – together with the positive data of the North-West – to the national average (35.1%). This is stated in the 14th GreenItaly Report, created by the Symbola Foundation and Unioncamere, with the collaboration of the Tagliacarne Study Center and with the patronage of the Ministry of the Environment and Energy Security.

Interesting data to which are added those of the “MutaMenti 2023” report, presented by Bcc Pordenonese and Monsile and by the Fvg Sviluppo Fund, which photographs the current situation and future prospects of Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia. The survey shows that manufacturing companies in the North-East undertake sustainability initiatives with greater intensity: in 2022 61.8% did so compared to 59.5% of the national average.

«The North-East can become an advanced laboratory on sustainability issues», explains Gabriella Chiellino, co-founder, managing director of IMQ eAmbiente and pioneer of environmental issues. These are good practices which, however, must be catalogued, studied, reported and told. Because today for companies sustainability is no longer just a good practice, but also a business card for the market and investors. Europe is pushing towards ESG reporting – even if it seems to have given it more time – and today companies must adapt. For larger and more structured ones it is a natural process. However, it is more complex for SMEs and micro-enterprises of which the territory is very rich, and which must begin to adapt to European regulatory requests in time.

It is to try to bridge this gap that Imq eAmbiente, a company founded in Veneto and specialized in environmental and energy engineering and consultancy, has set up a project to support SMEs.

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