We are committed to opposing any form of corruption. Our Anti-corruption Procedure is an integral part of a broader system of business ethics and internal control aimed at ensuring compliance with national and international laws and standards and protecting the company’s reputation.
The anti-corruption measures are contained in the specific Policy and in the Procedure, which provides a systemic reference framework for the regulatory instruments present in Italgas, inspired by the principles of conduct set out in the Code of Ethics and aimed at preventing any form of corruption in relations with third parties, to protect the business integrity and reputation of the group.
The Procedure also contains policy elements on anti-corruption matters, and was adopted in compliance with the tenth principle of Global Compact, the international initiative launched in 2000 by the United Nations to support ten universal principles regarding human rights, work, the environment and the fight against corruption.
Specifically, the Anti-corruption Procedure
Makes a clear distinction between permitted conduct and prohibited conduct.
Prohibits any form of corruption, involving either public officials or private individuals.
Pays particular attention to the selection of suppliers and the qualification process, the awarding and management of contracts, standard protection clauses, including those of commitment to comply with Anti-corruption laws and verification of the ethical requirements of suppliers.
Establishes that all relations of the Italgas Group with, or referring to or involving a public official must be conducted in compliance with the provisions of the Procedure.
A Legal Anti-corruption Department was established, with the task of monitoring the adoption of the Procedure, updating it and educating personnel. As envisaged by the Model 231 and the Anti-corruption procedure, all Italgas personnel must be informed and receive training on the Anti-corruption laws.
Specific information flows between the company departments are also envisaged, such as the direct superior of the employee who became aware of a corruption attempt, the Supervisory Body, and the anti-corruption Legal Department. As required by legislation, an email address has been set up also for anonymous reports (firstname.lastname@example.org) regarding requests made by a public official and/or a private individual that could constitute corruption, in addition to a specific reporting system for any suspected infringement of the anti-corruption laws and of the Procedure itself.
Group employees must be informed about the applicable anti-corruption laws and the importance of compliance with the Procedure. They must, in fact, have perfect knowledge of the offences, risks, personal liabilities, administrative liabilities for group companies, the actions to be taken to combat corruption, and the penalties.
The Procedure applies to Italgas S.p.A. and its subsidiaries as part of the management and coordination activities performed by the group’s corporate body. Suppliers and intermediaries are also required to adhere to the anti-corruption measures.
ISO 37001 certification
At the end of 2020, Italgas S.p.A. and the subsidiary Italgas Reti S.p.A. have achieved, for the third year running, certification in accordance with standard UNI ISO 37001:2016 that certifies the conformity of the management system for the prevention and fight of corruption.
Moreover, in 2020, UNI:ISO 37001:2016 certification was obtained for management systems for the prevention of and fight against corruption adopted by Italgas Acqua S.p.A., Seaside S.r.l., Medea S.p.A., Toscana Energia S.p.A., Gaxa S.p.A. and by Umbria Distribuzione Gas S.p.A. and Metano Sant’Angelo Lodigiano S.p.A.
The management systems for the prevention of and fight against corruption were certified upon completion of in-depth audits during which the commitment and collaboration was seen of the corporate departments and representatives, supervised by the department for conformity for the prevention of and fight against corruption, in the implementation and observance of the measures adopted in order to assure the adequacy and suitability of each management system for the prevention of and fight against corruption in accordance with standard UNI ISO 37001:2016.