Sustainability in action through Sustainability Plan's goals

For Leonardo, sustainability is the ability to have a long-term vision, considering the impact of activities on the entire value chain. This is essential for the long-lasting progress of people and the planet, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the UN Agenda 2030.

In this context, Leonardo, through its strategic plan, defines its actions to best respond to the current challenges and opportunities by promoting a sustainable growth process. This path implies a constant dialogue with external and internal stakeholders to identify the strategic priorities that guide the definition of sustainability targets and, therefore, the Sustainability Plan projects that contribute to achieving them. Leonardo’s growing commitment to ESG issues led to integrate sustainability into the Group’s core strategy and processes, thanks to a data-driven approach that makes the materiality analysis and ESG targets key for decision-making. Technological development, innovation and digitalisation, are enablers for the sustainable transition of the Group and its supply chain, and contribute to protecting and safeguarding the planet and its inhabitants, also through the solutions and technologies developed by the company..

TRANSPARENCY AND INTEGRITY AS THE FOUNDATION OF RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS

TRANSPARENCY AND INTEGRITY AS THE FOUNDATION OF RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS

Integrity and following the rule of law are the principles guiding Leonardo’s relations with all stakeholders. They are the foundation of a responsible business model based on the principle of transparency, which the Group has strengthened over time with a system of rules, codes and control processes. This integrated system aims to prevent, identify and deal with potential risks in management of the business, from anti-corruption to human rights.

INNOVATION, DIGITALISATION AND SUSTAINABILITY

INNOVATION, DIGITALISATION AND SUSTAINABILITY

Innovation, a central element in Leonardo’s business, plays a key role in contributing to the long-term wellbeing of people and the planet. Guiding technological progress is at the heart of Leonardo’s sustainability project for society, so the company invests in disruptive technology and steers technological development towards achieving the SDGs. For this reason, digitalisation is one of the pillars of the Sustainability Plan and cuts across all areas. The company has a strong innovation network in place, in which the Leonardo Labs’ research network and the davinci-1 supercomputing infrastructure are key tools to help reduce the environmental impact of its processes, products and services.

DECARBONISATION

DECARBONISATION

Technological development and digitalisation (as the main drivers to reduce the impact of operations and to develop new products and services) represent Leonardo’s strategy to increase the pace of decarbonisation of the entire value chain, from suppliers to the use phase. This strategy is reinforced by Leonardo’s participation in European research projects (such as Clean Sky 2, CLEAN AVIATION, SESAR) and by collaborating with suppliers, partners and institutions. 

SUSTAINABLE SUPPLY CHAIN

SUSTAINABLE SUPPLY CHAIN

Aiming for excellence in the supply chain to create a more innovative, integrated and resilient ecosystem is a crucial factor for Leonardo to be more competitive. Specific attention is focused on SMEs, which are a feature of the industrial landscape and form part of the company’s 10,500-strong supply chain to which Leonardo delivers dedicated initiatives focused on digital transformation, cyber and security, and social and environmental responsibility. They create a significant impact in terms of industrialisation, employment and the overall value of the entire supply chain.

LEONARDO SUPPORTS INCLUSIVE COMPETITIVENESS BY PROMOTING DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION AND SHARED ‘SCIENTIFIC CITIZENSHIP’

LEONARDO SUPPORTS INCLUSIVE COMPETITIVENESS BY PROMOTING DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION AND SHARED ‘SCIENTIFIC CITIZENSHIP’

Promoting ‘scientific citizenship’ – the sharing of knowledge, technological skills and innovation with the communities in which Leonardo operates – and the commitment to achieve an inclusive scientific culture are elements at the core of Leonardo’s strategy. They are also closely linked to its role as a leading company in innovation.

The Group supports the promotion of STEM disciplines (Science, Technologies, Engineering and Mathematics), starting from schools and facilitating access to professions in those sectors (with special focus on opportunities for female students). It does so through training and guidance-related interventions and by providing support to the education sector, to universities and to research centres.

Protecting the planet and people: the role of space

Protecting the planet and people: the role of space

Space is a strategic domain for Earth’s sustainable development and for the security of citizens: space infrastructure and technologies are a vital factor in achieving the SDGs. Through its subsidiaries, Leonardo is a leader in international programmes for the construction of satellites (Thales Alenia Space), sensors and equipment, and for the acquisition of data and the development of linked applications and services (Telespazio and e-GEOS). Combining information from diverse sources (satellites, sensors) with technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and High Performance Computing (HPC) systems enables the development of services and solutions that make a tangible contribution to improving the state of the planet and the lives of citizens. They include the monitoring of infrastructure, artistic and environmental heritage, the development of precision agriculture for food security and the fight against climate change, through to prevention and intervention in emergencies and natural disasters.

NATURAL RESOURCES AND CIRCULAR ECONOMY

NATURAL RESOURCES AND CIRCULAR ECONOMY

Responsible and sustainable business development, full compliance with regulation, attention to stakeholders’ needs and expectations, excellence in processes and services, and continuous performance improvement are the underlying principles of Leonardo’s environmental management model. Attention to natural resources means making consumption more efficient and minimising the impact of operations by implementing effective circular economy models. Reuse and recycle, share and dematerialise, extend useful life and optimise processes: these are the key elements of the model that must be introduced into processes across the various operating areas, such as production, logistics and services.

TECHNOLOGICAL SOLUTION FOR SUSTAINABILITY

TECHNOLOGICAL SOLUTION FOR SUSTAINABILITY

Leonardo’s technological solutions for observing, monitoring and protecting the Planet and its resources are the result of research and development processes, and international partnerships and collaborations. They play a central role in the company’s Sustainability Plan and are able to work together to provide essential data about the Earth’s surface, with millimetric precision, providing essential data on Earth surface. Solutions range from satellite technologies and services developed within major European space programmes such as Copernicus, COSMO-SkyMed or PRISMA, also through Telespazio and Thales Alenia Space, to Global Monitoring ones, that are strategic to prevent, monitor and manage environmental, land and maritime risks in order to protect the territory.

SDG and commitments

Leonardo plans to act on these priority areas to generate a significant impact, particularly on the achievement of six core SDGs. This commitment will include Leonardo’s activities to support skills development (SDG 4), creating qualified work and growth for partners (SDG 8), supporting innovation and digital transformation (SDG 9), developing solutions promoting the security of people, infrastructure and communities (SDG 11) and fighting climate change (SDG 13), while integrating sustainable production models into Leonardo’s work (SDG 12).

The Plan aims to maximise the impact of Leonardo’s actions, identifying additional SDGs that the company can contribute to, such as the reduction of food waste (SDG 2), the development of solutions to fight health emergencies (SDG 3), the protection of water (SDG 6), the promotion of a culture that supports gender equality (SDG 5), the mitigation of environmental impacts on the oceans and to support biodiversity (SDG 13 and 14), and the continuous strengthening of a responsible business model and human rights (SDG 16) within the company and its supply chain.