One of the key aspects of our policy to support the community
regards the support of projects and initiatives linked to the personal
growth of people. In this respect, our support of training and education
plays a major role. We actively support talented young people, because the
future growth of the community in which we live depends on them
In addition to training young people and apprentices at our branches
(we have been a training company since 1978), we offer them international growth opportunities.
For example, in addition to offering apprenticeships to local young people, our Hong Kong branch allows employees at other Group branches to have a six-week work experience in Asia: an ideal way to start thinking globally.
We do much more than support young people employed at our company. We collaborate with several universities in a variety of activities. For example, we often participate as lecturers in lessons that allow us to share our commitment to being a responsible company. We support applied research projects that let students tackle real-life problems, preparing them for employment. Last but not least, we support training by presenting an annual award linked to sustainable engineering.
Think long-term: we choose our locations with a long-term outlook, seeking to form relations that offer mutual benefit and growth.
Policies for the selection of suppliers: we give priority to suppliers of accessory products and services in local or national areas. This applies to our Parent Company as well as to our international branches.
Employment policies: we don’t work just to create jobs, but also to guarantee safe and correct conditions.
Guidelines for sponsoring: we believe that promoting local growth also means funding activities specifically linked to local social development.
Supporting the community
We conduct many activities with local organisations with the goal of establishing positive dynamics for mutual benefit.
We reinvest part of added value in the local community and give priority to local suppliers.
We invest in young people: we have been a training company since 1978. We think it is essential to contribute to the training of young people interested in a career in industry.
Local hiring policies: 32% of our employees (at our Mendrisio headquarters) live in Switzerland, a figure that rises to 80% with regard to company management. These numbers are significant, considering our proximity to the Italian border and the industrial nature of our operations.
Support greener means of transportation:
In addition to having a positive effect on the environment, using greener means of transportation (such as public transportation, slow mobility, carpooling) has a positive effect on the harmony of the entire community. Therefore, we imposed a parking fee years ago. In 2019, we had 39 carpooling groups and subsidised 46 public transportation passes.
At our Hong Kong branch, we promote various means of transportation through subsidies for the use of public means or by offering company shuttle buses. Now, less than 5% of employees use their own cars to come to work, drastically reducing CO2 emissions.
We proactively support selected local organisations with which we have developed a relationship based on respect and trust over the years.
Sponsoring of local organisations: we receive numerous requests for sponsoring or support from organisations in a wide variety of fields. We evaluate these requests annually based on their conformity with our internal guidelines for sponsoring.
We support training: we work with the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) on many projects. In 2019 we presented the 9th edition of the 3000-franc award to the Master in Engineering student who wrote the best thesis, evaluated based on criteria of innovation and sustainability. We participate regularly, as lecturers, in lessons organised by SUPSI, with which we conduct applied research projects.
Distribution of added value
The wealth generated by a company goes beyond its annual result. We regularly reinvest most of our added value in favour of our employees and the community.