Five Veronese companies have been included in the 2023 «Leader della sostenibilità», Sustainability Leaders, ranking, which rewards the environmental and social performance of companies at national scene. The national ‘Sustainability Leaders’ ranking, an initiative of the daily newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore and Statista (a company specialising in market research and the ranking and analysis of company data), is considered a kind of Italian sustainability prize in the financial sector and assesses in depth the ESG criteria (environmental, social and governance). Around 1.500 companies based in Italy were identified for the research, and for each company the sustainability report with data for the financial year 2021 and the annual financial report were reviewed. Fortyfive indicators identified in the three dimensions (sustainability, environmental, social and economic) were given a score, which was necessary to calculate the final rating. The companies that passed this selection were divided into 200 “large” (with a turnover of more than 100 million euros) and 40 “medium-small” companies.

The Veronese “Sustainability champions”, all in the “large” category, are DoValue, Calzedonia and Manni Group; others have historical roots as Banco Bpm and Unicredit.

The Calzedonia Group started this commitment years ago, focusing on people’s well-being, services for employees to improve their quality of life, and the installation of modern, environmentally friendly facilities and energy-saving equipment. In recent years, Manni Group has adopted a sustainability policy aimed at the long-term growth of the company. Among the “award-winning” banks linked to Verona are DoValue, whose sustainable growth path is also confirmed by the ESG rating assigned by the main international agencies; Banco Bpm is part of the Net-zero banking alliance, the initiative promoted by the UN to accelerate the sustainable transition of the banking system; Uncredit has built three new solar plants that cover about 20% of the bank’s total electricity consumption in Italy.