Alisped: sustainability for real. Embracing the three-dimensional concept of sustainability and declining it in concrete paths

One of the words of 2021 is sustainability, declined both in its macro meanings, i.e. human, environmental and economic and in the everyday micro meanings. With the view to choose concrete paths, Alisped embraces the three-dimensional nature of sustainability and applies it to the everyday business practice. That is, sustainability for real.

Let’s start, for the sake of clarity, from the universally agreed definition – that dates back to the Brundtland Report (1987), also known as Our Common Future: the concept of sustainability implies a “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”  (WCED, 1987).

The above-mentioned three-dimensional nature of sustainability, i.e. environmental, social and economic, goes with it.

We are talking about, respectively: respect for the environment, which places limits to human activity; supporting a cohesive society that has individual and common objectives aiming at psychophysical health and wellness; using the available economic resources in order to create that one favorable context for environmental and social sustainability. That’s why every company should be positioned precisely in consideration of the three-dimensional nature of sustainability, both locally and in the broader economic and social context.

From this perspective, Alisped chooses a real sustainable policy. Going into details and starting from the environmental dimension, Alisped analyses the impact of its business on the environment on a daily basis and then provides customers with a customer carbon emission reporting. The report contains useful details to support clients’ sustainable goals – Alisped is also developing and implementing a specific software for reports to be more and more satisfying.

Furthermore, with the aim of developing in a green way, Alisped chooses eco-friendly facilities – for example, Alisped Logistics warehouse at Bologna Interporto boasts a solar power system that ensures excellent energy savings. Besides, Alisped has adopted a paperless approach to transport documents and a Reduce-Reuse-Recycle policy as to monitoring energy, water and waste material consumption.

Alisped regards social sustainability as a way to make the most of the essential asset of any service company: human resources, that are internally managed. Among the sustainable social initiatives that Alisped carries on, stands out the partnership with University of Pavia. In 2020, Alisped has donated to the same 3% of new clients shipments costs, thus funding the purchase of a sequencer, a key instrument for studying Covid-19 treatments.

However, a real commitment to sustainability in its multiple facets can be especially seen in the everyday development of high value-added activities. Let’s give a concrete example: Alisped Logistics provides the co-packing service, i.e. repackaging the product at the end of the production process. Thus, Alisped enables clients to concentrate on core business activities, in order for them to be more flexible, to simplify processes and, therefore, to focus on repositioning on the market and marketing strategies.

Sustainability is one of the key words of 2021, but also an over-exposed concept. Thus, it is essential to understand the different meanings of sustainability and propose concrete paths that lead to them. Alisped works hard every day for its business to be positioned according to the complex and composed nature of the sustainability.


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