Emiliana Conserve has been making food products since 1985, offering people around the world food that is nutritionally balanced.
Honesty, transparency, innovation and social and environmental responsibility are the values which Emiliana Conserve identifies itself with, and are the result of a strong and well-known cultural identity.
This identity has gradually been strengthened in the course of over 20 years of experience and conduct, going on to become one of the company’s most crucial resources.
Today, growth of the business means that Emiliana Conserve is now working in a variety of rapidly evolving contexts.
The complexity of this scenario makes it important for Emiliana Conserve to assert its culture, defining the overall values of the company clearly, together with the commitments it assumes both internally and externally.
This “Ethical Policy” is a fundamental part of this process of raising awareness of the company’s principles.
1.1 The Ethical Policy
In a business scenario, the absence of ethical considerations regarding one’s actions might lead to «potentially opportunistic» behaviour, dictated by the mistaken conviction of doing things in the company’s interest.
Accordingly, an Ethical Policy is a valuable asset where this underscores that the conviction of acting in the company’s interest cannot, under any circumstances, justify behaviour that goes against the shared principles and values.
The following document is not for increasing the degree of compliance with the law, or the reputations of Emiliana Conserve , but because legal responsibility, observing laws and fair practices – as well as the quality of the products – are essential conditions for the company, and cannot therefore be considered as the objectives of an Ethical Policy.
The primary objective of the Ethical Policy is to share and spread the values in which the company recognises itself at all levels. In doing so, it must ensure that whenever it is called upon to take a decision, it should remember that it is not just its own interests, rights and duties that are at stake but also those of others.
In other words, it is necessary to be aware that the wellness and respect for all must always be explicitly taken into consideration, at every stage of day-to-day work.
1.3 Emiliana Conserve’s journey
The path Emiliana Conserve is following into the future involves awareness that, in order for a more responsible and mature industrial system to develop, it is necessary to act with integrity.
All of which means doing one’s job well and with dignity, respecting the rules, but also and above all drawing on shared principles and values that are agreed upon by general consent, not out of obedience.
1.4 Sharing the Ethical Policy
As a result, this document aims to provide a rational incentive for not only understanding what it is right to do, but also “why” it is necessary to do so.
The primary objective is ensuring that an ethical assessment is also introduced, both in deciding one’s line of behaviour and when assessing that of others. In this way the moral sphere is combined with the managerial one, individual responsibilities are combined with those of the Company, and the personal sphere with the organisational one. Accordingly the way of reasoning is translated into tangible ethical conduct.
This document should provide a «moral contract» signed by all members of the company staff, external collaborators and the Group’s suppliers.
It must become a personal moral obligation.
It will not directly reinforce the competitive position, but will do so indirectly if it enables everybody to adopt a shared ethical vision and culture.
1.5 Our commitment
Through «Our Commitment», Emiliana Conserve details the purpose and common goal of the work done by the individuals and groups working in the organisation and which engage in external relations on its behalf.
We aim to offer food products that contribute towards a nutritionally balanced diet, and which are recognised as being outstanding both in terms of their taste and superior quality, all produced with respect for the environment and the dignity of people.
People are the main and constant reference point in everything we do.
The people that consume our products have four basic rights: the right to safety, the right to be informed, the right to choose and the right to be heard.
The “team” of Emiliana Conserve represents the pivotal resource for the development and success of the company.
The product is at the centre of all the work we do on a daily basis.
Emiliana Conserve will concentrate its efforts on innovation, to create products of superior quality that are perceived by people and customers as being distinctive.
Emiliana Conserve is committed to working with respect for the environment and the health of people. It is well aware of its social and ethical responsibilities towards the community in which it works, and which it draws on for its resources.
The customers are our partners for reaching success in business.
We have to work with them to enhance the categories we work in, always ensuring we respect the people that purchase our products.
The competitors provide us with a stimulus and positive challenge to ensure we are always the best.
Emiliana Conserve is driven by a strong and fair competitive spirit to improve constantly in everything it does.
Profits provide an important benchmark of the company’s state of health, and are crucial for creating development and wellbeing.
Emiliana Conserve considers the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human rights, the International Labour Conventions and Recommendations issued by the ILO (International Labour Organization), the Earth Charter drafted by the Earth Council and the principles listed in the Global Compact proposed by the UN as essential points for defining its values.
1.6 Honesty and transparency
Honesty represents a crucial principle in all the business of Emiliana Conserve, its initiatives, its products, its reports and its advertising, and is an essential part of company management.
Relations with customers at all levels must be geared towards criteria and conduct involving fair practices, coherency, loyalty and reciprocal respect.
Emiliana Conserve talks to its customers in a clear, transparent, thorough and prompt manner.
1.7 Social responsibility
Emiliana Conserve believes that, in order for its business activity to qualify as being ethically responsible, it must pursue production models that respect and safeguard human rights, the Earth’s regeneration capacity and the wellbeing of the community. To do so it must promote human development in a fair and sustainable manner, bearing in mind that social and ethical
responsibility also affect the communities, particularly in developing countries, which produce the raw materials used for certain products.
1.8 Putting people first
In keeping with its ethical vision, Emiliana Conserve actually promotes the value of the person by respecting physical, cultural and moral integrity, as well as the dimension of relationships he or she has with others.
The aim of Emiliana Conserve is to come as close as possible to meeting man’s real needs in daily life, because the actions of the business must be inspired by man’s life.
Emiliana Conserve supports and respects human rights in every field of its actions and its sphere of influence.
1.9 Safeguarding work
Emiliana Conserve guarantees the freedom of association of its workers, and recognises the right to collective bargaining.
It is committed not to make use of forced and obligatory work or child labour, even indirectly.
It rejects any discrimination based on age, gender, sexuality, state of health, race, nationality, political opinions and religious beliefs; it rejects all forms of discrimination in its hiring policies and in its management of human resources.
Emiliana Conserve undertakes to prevent any form of mobbing and labour exploitation, whether direct or indirect, and to recognise merit, working performance and professional potential as the decisive criteria in developing pay and careers.
1.10 Safeguarding the environment
Emiliana Conserve’s commitment towards the planet is geared towards protecting its abundance and beauty for present and future generations, to whom we aim to transmit the values and traditions that support long-term development of human and environmental communities.
Emiliana Conserve undertakes to apply cautionary criteria – the “Principle of Precaution” – to every stage of its work, along with a preventive approach towards the environment and its biodiversity. It undertakes to promote initiatives for ensuring greater environmental responsibility in the company, and to develop the use of means and technologies that do not damage the environment.
Whether in choosing its raw materials or distributing Emiliana Conserve products, it undertakes to respect «Food Sovereignty » and is aware that social and ethical responsibility also extends to the communities that produce the raw materials.
1.11 Respecting laws, codes and rules in force
Emiliana Conserve rates national and international regulations as a binding and essential condition of its work.
As a result, it undertakes to ensure these regulations and generally recognised practices are respected, not least through its commitment to prevent consumption of illicit substances. In addition, its decisions and lines of conduct are based upon potential developments in the regulatory framework.