For the twelfth consecutive year, Leonardo is confirmed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) of S&P Global, the equity indices that include the best-in-class companies in terms of sustainability at a global level, achieving for the third year in a row the highest score among Aerospace & Defense companies based on Corporate Sustainability Assessment data, as of November 12, 2021. These results demonstrate how sustainability, in all its dimensions, is an integral part of Leonardo’s strategy, at the base of the “Leonardo Be Tomorrow 2030” plan.
“The financial community is increasingly committed to directing investments to respond to the global challenges linked to ESG issues. The confirmation of the inclusion within the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices – comments Alessandro Profumo, CEO of Leonardo – is a result of primary importance to highlight the commitment lavished by Leonardo in all dimensions of sustainability: economic and governance, environmental and social. Knowing how to manage them successfully means increasing our ability to attract investors and seize opportunities, reducing exposure to the related risks in a phase characterised by profound changes”.
“This important recognition makes us proud – underlines Luciano Carta, Chairman of Leonardo – and testifies the Group’s positioning on the highest sustainability standards, in addition to a growing level of transparency towards stakeholders. We have achieved this result again this year thanks to the commitment of our people at Leonardo and who, each for their own part, contribute to making sustainability an integral part of our culture and business practices”.
The recognition in S&P Global’s DJSIs adds to what the Company has achieved over the past two years, and so the company’s position in band A in the Defence Companies Index on Anti-Corruption and Corporate Transparency (DCI) prepared by Transparency International, the inclusion in the Bloomberg Gender Equality Index, its reconfirmation as United Nations Global Compact LEAD, the inclusion in the Climate A List 2020 of CDP (former Carbon Disclosure Project) for measures against climate change, and an improved position in the main ESG ratings. An important award that confirmed the company’s growing commitment, in particular, on four fronts: Planet, People, Prosperity and Governance. Below are some data:
Leonardo recovered about 73 thousand tons of waste over the 2017-2020 period against a 7% decrease in the intensity of waste produced, and recorded a reduction in water consumption of 750 million liters less than in 2017, with water withdrawal intensity down 23%. Since 2018, approximately 116 thousand tons of CO2 have also been avoided through the use of virtual training systems.
In the period 2017-2020, the company activated about 3,200 training opportunities, hired 3,400 women and 6,400 people under 30, recording a share of STEM profiles among new hires of 43% in 2020. A year in which 800,000 hours of training were provided.
In 2020 Leonardo spent 1.6 billion euros on Research and Development, activities in which about 9,000 people are involved, launched the Leonardo Labs network and promoted collaborations with over 70 universities and research centers in the world. The company has also carried out activities of protection against cyber attacks for 75 NATO sites in 29 countries and deploys, about 1,400 helicopters in search and rescue missions, firefighting and public order operations. Leonardo’s “davinci-1” is also ranked 10th in the world and 2nd in Italy among private enterprise supercomputers.
In the 2020, about 50% of the company’s investments supported SDGs, with a commitment to maintain that level of investment through 2021-2022. Leonardo also holds the main certifications for anti-corruption (ISO 37001), quality (AS/EN 9100), business continuity (ISO 22301) and information security (ISO 27001) management systems, for the perimeters indicated in the 2020 Integrated Report. Finally, in terms of gender diversity in the governing bodies, Leonardo records 41% of women on the Board of Directors.