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Since 2010, we have supported the Greenpeace initiative launched to encourage companies from the Italian pulp and paper sector to protect primary forests from destruction. In particular, we have been committed to defining a process to progressively increase our percentage of “friend of forests” paper over time.
In this respect, the 2010-2015 data testify to our commitment to progressively increasing the sustainability of all of our publishing houses.


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Paper mills

As the result of a procurement policy first introduced in 2014, in 2015 the acquisition of paper was managed directly by Mondadori. This enabled the Group to consolidate its commitment to streamlining the amount of paper used to print its products and to exert greater control over the supplier selection process in order to ensure that supplier practices are consistent with the Group’s sustainability principles. Indeed, the criteria for the selection of suppliers require that paper is certified according to the two main schemes used worldwide, FSC and PEFC.

Paper consumption

In 2015 the Mondadori Group consumed a total of approximately 68,500 tonnes of paper for the printing of its publishing products, down 13% against 2014 and 18% against 2013.

The table shows the amount of paper consumed (by type of paper used) by the Mondadori Group in Italy for the printing of its publishing products (books, magazines and other publications, such as school books and direct marketing materials) in the 3-year period 2013-2015.

Spurred into action by the Greenpeace initiative launched in 2010, Mondadori has been committed to defining a process to progressively increase its percentage of certified paper. In this regard, the direct management of paper procurement (partly managed by Elcograf until 2014) has enabled the Group to notably increase the amount of certified paper it uses to print its products, accounting for almost all of the paper consumed by the Group in 2015 (97.6%).

Indeed, compared with 2014, the consumption of traditional paper (not certified) fell by 92% in 2015, from 20,095 tonnes in 2014 to 1,554 tonnes in 2015; meanwhile, the consumption of certified paper rose by 14%, going from 58,641 tonnes in 2014 to 66,918 tonnes in 2015. As for Cemit, all of the paper it consumes is FSC-certified.

Total printing paper (in tonnes)

Type2013%2014%2015%
Certified paper19,30623.1%58,64174.3%66,91897.6%
Recycled paper00.0%1700.2%630.1%
Traditional paper64,46176.9%20,09525.5%1,5542.3%
Total68,536