Constant innovation is essential to success in the large infrastructure sector.
In addition to making technological progress in materials, components and manufacturing processes, we study all our projects taking into account the requirements of environmental protection, staff safety, and the protection of the interests of local communities which emerge from the social and environmental impact studies undertaken by our clients, while ensuring the commercial viability of the initiative.
Innovation for sustainable design
The infrastructure sector, which employs large amounts of natural resources, has great potential for improving efficiency in resource consumption and reducing the environmental impacts of its activities.
Salini Impregilo has adopted a number of sustainable design and construction programmes in multiple projects worldwide. These programmes allow environmental considerations to be integrated during the project development, improving performance throughout the infrastructure's life cycle.
This approach includes three main stages:
During 2016 the Group has adopted the following eco-design and eco-building programmes for some of its projects such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), an initiative by the United States Green Buildings Council which is one of the largest voluntary programmes of independent green building verification; Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS), the first integrated system for assessing the sustainability of Middle East construction activities; Infrastructure Sustainability (IS), the only rating system in Australia that evaluates the sustainability of infrastructures during their design, construction and operation.
Salini Impregilo is also gradually increasing the adoption of the Building Information Modeling system (BIM) on its own projects. The use of BIM enables the production of virtual models of projects, providing important support in planning, design, construction all the way to operation and maintenance.
Developing our people
Our people are a key asset for our corporate development and success. Technical and managerial skills, as well as the experience gained on projects worldwide, are decisive in ensuring excellence throughout our operations and in achieving the Group's goals.
The priorities towards our people are:
- Improving the staff's skills through training and development programmes, to consolidate and transfer skills among our employees;
- Improving and aligning everyone to a single corporate culture that enhances their sense of belonging and their adherence to the Group's values;
- Attracting and cultivating talented people, with a focus on graduates and young professionals through employer branding programmes and partnerships with top educational institutions. In this way, we aim to train a new class of employees capable of ensuring business continuity.
At the end of 2016, Salini Impregilo employed 34,440 direct employees worldwide , 32% of whom are under 30 and 9% are women (35% at the Corporate level).
In 2016 total training provided reached more than 1 million hours, 10% more than in 2015.
A solid supply chain
Creating, strengthening and maintaining a solid supply chain is critical to the success of our projects.
In order to ensure the alignment of quality and performance levels around the world, the Group requires its partners to comply with special rules and regulations, including ethical, social and environmental principles and the respect for human rights.
Sharing our know-how and expertise with local suppliers and subcontractors allows us to develop strong partnerships and promote their growth and technical development.
In 2016, we provided our subcontractors with over 89,000 hours of training on quality, environment, and health and safety and organised more than 3,100 hours of formal meetings on these issues.
 Indirect employees include subcontractors’ and temporary agencies’ personnel, and workers of other service providers employed at Group’s sites.