Sustainability

Environmental protection

Candy Group is a forerunner in the quest to create increasingly environment-friendly domestic appliances thanks to its commitment to reducing the consumption of electricity, water and detergent. We have rationalised the entire production and logistics process to foster lower energy consumption and so minimise the emissions that cause pollution. The energy label has shifted demand towards certified products with higher performance, so most of our domestic appliances are ranked at the top of their respective categories. The highest value of these investments is intangible: the protection of the environment for the sake of everyone.

In 2003, we adopted and regulated an Environmental Policy (Candy Group environmental policy): “Candy Group considers the protection of environmental resources as one of the key elements for the effective management of all its activities. With a view to continuously improving environmental performance, Candy Group strives in its operations to progressively reduce the use of natural and energy resources, emissions into water and the atmosphere and the waste produced during all the phases of its business or deriving from the use of its machinery. It therefore adopts the following guiding principles:

  • it manages its own production activities, considering compliance with the laws in force as a minimum requirement for all the countries in which it operates and implementing initiatives designed to achieve improvements, the effectiveness of which is monitored by monitoring the development of the most significant environmental parameters;
  • it also considers the environmental factor in the company's projects, favouring interventions that have a positive effect on the variables related to the environment;
  • it promotes the development of products that reduce the impact on natural resources during the phases of production, use and end-of-life;
  • it helps preserve natural resources, in particular by favouring the re-use and recovery of materials and energy;
  • it favours the use of materials with a small environmental footprint, actively involving the suppliers in this process.
  • it constantly favours the improvement of the working environment by allocating significant financial resources to investment plans and programmes defined on a yearly basis.

Measures and results

The production processes are designed to reduce emissions, and the company strives not only to remain within the limits established by the law in force in the various countries but also to push the boundaries, achieving results of great prestige, in line with the environmental philosophy of Candy Group. Candy Group uses recyclable materials for every component of its products and packaging; it also played an active role in defining the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive. The use of new technologies in its products has enabled the company to combine two important values and obvious growth parameters of the Group: customer satisfaction and environmental protection. The most noticeable advantages include the reduction in the consumption of energy and natural resources that characterises the domestic appliances manufactured by the Group under its various brands. Significant savings and reductions. Modern technology has made an important contribution to the fulfilment of this objective, allowing some devices to be used in the time slots when electricity is in lower demand. This has led to a reduction in the times and temperatures required to wash laundry or dishes, as well as a significant reduction in both the consumption of water and cooking times. But the specific commitment of the Group to protect the environment has also often required it to make costly decisions in anticipation of laws and regulations. This is true in the case of the CFC-free gases used to manufacture the fridges produced in the Group’s production facilities since 1999. These gases neither destroy the ozone layer nor contribute to global warming. The research performed by Candy Group, geared towards reducing consumption, which results in a significant benefit for consumers, has always characterised the work of our laboratories. Since the early 1960s, they have been the forerunners in ecological washing machine design, introducing both the oval drum, which reduces the consumption of water, and the concept of the “half-load”, which leads to water and electricity savings. So upholding a tradition that goes back a long way.