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 2010-2017 data testify to our commitment to progressively increasing the sustainability of all of our publishing houses.

Paper mills

As the result of a procurement policy,since 2014 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 2017, over 120,000 tonnes of paper was consumed at Group level (-6% compared to 2016).

In Italy, paper is purchased directly by Mondadori under a procurement policy introduced in 2014. This has enabled the company to consolidate its commitment to rationalising 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. Supplier selection criteria requires that paper is certified by the FSC or PEFC, the two main certification schemes adopted worldwide, in order to progressively raise the percentage of certified paper used over time.

In 2017, paper consumption for the printing of Mondadori and Rizzoli publications amounted to over 75,000 tonnes, down by 5% compared to previous year. The breakdown by type of paper used (certified, recycled and traditional) instead remained stable over the three-year period, with certified paper by far the most predominantly used (98%). As regards Inthera, all of the paper it consumes is FSC-certified.

Paper consumption - Italy (tonnes)

2017
Typetons%tons%tons%
Certified paper73,57397.9%76.48596.8%67,05597.6%
Recycled paper370.0%460.1%630.1%
Traditional paper1,5782.1%2,5163.2%1,5542.3%
Total68,673

* The data on certified paper consumption in 2015 differ from the data published in the 2015 Sustainability Report as a result of the inclusion of data that became available after the Report was published

In France, the Eco-contribution tax on entities that release at least five tonnes of paper on the market per year, designed to encourage the sustainable use of the resource, is an additional incentive for the collection and recycling of waste paper. The proportional basis of the tax has led publishers such as Mondadori France to purchase more paper from paper mills located near printing operations, to use paper containing at least 25% recycled fibre, and to implement strategies to promote recycling.

As a practical expression of its commitment to reducing the environmental impacts associated with paper consumption, Mondadori France has developed closer relations with PEFC-, FSC- and ISO 14001-certified printers and PEFC- and FSC- certified paper mills in Europe (mainly in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Germany, Austria, Italy, and France). Moreover, in 2011 Mondadori France itself attained PEFC certification, for which it is audited annually by an external body to assure compliance with the relative standards.

Continuing the trend witnessed in recent years, paper consumption at Mondadori France in 2017 fell compared to 2016 (-8.4%), thanks to measures taken in the three-year period to reduce paper consumption for printing purposes.

Paper consumption - France (tonnes)

Type2017%2016%2015%
Recycled Certified Paper ¹6,53216%14,15831%18,37438%
Classic Certified Paper35,44484%31,68169%29,97662%
Total48,350

1 This category includes all certified paper, not traditional paper, containing any percentage of recycled paper