Sustainability honor code

Confindustria Nautica, Italy’s Italian Marine Industry Association, and company I Saloni Nautici S.r.l. aim to operate sustainably on the basis of “Corporate Social Responsibility” (CSR), as a voluntary integration of social and ecological concerns into their business operations and relations with all stakeholders involved.

Confindustria Nautica and I Saloni Nautici S.r.l., in compliance with the Agenda 2030 requirements, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly via resolution on 25th September 2015, which acknowledges that economic and social development depends inherently on the sustainable management of resources, are determined to preserve and use in a sustainable manner freshwater resources, forests, the sea and land and are, likewise, interested in the protection of biodiversity, ecosystems and wildlife, as well as guaranteeing and protecting the fundamental and universal rights of people and workers.

The Genoa International Boat Show, with a view inspired by ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) criteria, aims to create a system by which economic interests never clash with aspects of high ethical value – such as environmental protection or social inclusion – but, on the contrary, strive to also create a mixture of approaches aimed at the pursuit of the objectives set out in the UN Agenda 2030.

The Genoa International Boat Show, organized in compliance with ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) criteria, expects and requires that suppliers, fitters and exhibitors taking part share in the above-mentioned social and environmental values.

1) Social responsibility towards workers

(a) Respect for and promotion of basic human rights as well as diversity and racial equity;
(b) provision of contractual forms that fully respect the dignity and needs of workers, with a particular focus on temporary contracts, protection of vulnerable groups, protection of parenthood, and equal access and contractual conditions for all workers without distinction of any kind;
(c) ensuring the highest health and safety standards for workers in full compliance with all relevant legal frameworks.

2) Reduction of harmful emissions into the atmosphere

(a) minimizing the use of air conditioning or heating;
(b) closing the entrances to air-conditioned or heated rooms to prevent the dispersion of heat or cooled air;
(c) preference for a “shorter supply chain” of products;
(d) preference for the use of electric means of transportation;
(e) encouragement toward a more plant-based diet;
(f) monitoring the “carbon footprint”;
(g) adoption of appropriate mitigation and compensation measures.

3) Efficient and responsible management of natural resources

(a) pursuit of continuous improvement in the management of natural resources;
(b) limitation in the use of water in order to avoid any wasta; and
(c) elimination or minimization of printed material, with preference given to digital material;
(d) use of materials composed of recycled paper or from responsibly managed forests and supply chains (Forest Stewardship Council® – FSC®);
(e) preference for the use of wooden materials from responsibly managed forests and supply chains (FSC®).
(f) conscious and waste-free use of electricity;

Efficient life cycle management of materials used and sustainable waste management.

(a) Reduction in the use of temporary furniture, including green furniture (plants);
(b) preference for renting green furniture (plants) or reusing them;
(c) strong limitation in the use of furnishings that cannot be reused or recycled;
(d) maximum limitation in the use of disposable materials, giving preference to materials and products that are reusable and/or suitable for remanufacturing;
(e) minimization of packaging, giving prevalence to packaging with recycled content;
(f) elimination or minimization of over-packaging;
(g) use of plastic-free consumables or which are characterized by recycled plastic;
h) utmost care and responsibility in the management of the setting up and dismantling phases of the stands and various furnishings, ensuring the proper separation of materials is respected in view of being collected separately, as well as the utmost attention to the proper disposal of the above in the containers and/or collection centers provided;
i) scrupulous attention to the management of separate waste collection and provision within the stands of collection systems compatible with separate waste disposal;
(j) scrupulous attention to the management of separate waste collection when it comes to organic waste.

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5) Responsible logistics and mobility management

(a) preference for electric transport and/or short supply chain over road transport;
b) priority use of public transportation (trains/buses) and in any case, preference for private electric transportation, both for the needs of workers and for the transportation of goods;
(c) preference for electric transportation within the exhibition area;
(d) preference for modular and decomposable furniture in order to optimize the load of transport vehicles and consequent reduction in their number.

6) Sustainability in terms of food and beverage

a) keen focus on the origin of the raw materials used, with a preference for “Km zero” (zero kilometers) or short supply chain options;
b) keen focus on the distinct needs of consumers, with the provision of differentiated “gluten free”, vegetarian and vegan solutions;
(c) the use of place settings (cutlery, plates, glasses, tablecloths and napkins) that are reusable and/or biodegradable;
(d) preference for the consumption of water that is not packaged or that is contained in large containers, as opposed to water that is packaged and contained in small containers;
(e) the use of “bulk” and individually unwrapped commodities wherever possible (e.g., sugar packets); (f) donation of unconsumed food/raw materials to charities;
(g) elimination of straws and, where provided, the use of straws made of biodegradable material; (h) keen focus on proper food storage (e.g., maintaining the correct storage temperatures for each food item);
(i) use of coolers equipped with closable doors to prevent the dispersion of cold;
(j) elimination/reduction of toxic chemical elements (e.g., for washing tablecloths and/or various tools), preferring the use of biodegradable and nature- and environment-friendly solutions.

7) Efficiency in the production/provision and use of electricity.

(a) Limitation, as far as possible, of electricity consumption;
(b) procurement of electricity from entities that ensure its production from renewable sources;
(c) limitation in the use of lighting in order to avoid waste;
(d) use of lighting with low environmental impact;
(e) turning off all electronic appliances in stand-by mode;
(f) disconnecting/shutting off transformers and plugs for electronic appliances.

8) Combating all forms of pollution

(a) elimination, or at least minimization of toxic chemical elements, especially if in contact with the water element (be it the sea or the city sewage system);
(b) preference for the use of environmentally friendly and fully biodegradable products;
(c) elimination or minimization of fireworks displays in order to prevent particulate pollution;
(d) reporting of any unauthorized discharge into the sea or sewage system;
(e) absolute prohibition of discharge into sewer lines or into the sea of dirty water derived from machinery processing and waste substances;
(f) predilection in the use of non-toxic and biodegradable paints;
(g) elimination of any decorations that are not reusable or biodegradable;
(h) prohibition of the use of plastic balloons and non-biodegradable decorations;
(i) prohibition of the release of helium-inflated plastic balloons into the environment;
(j) prohibition of washing brushes and the like, used for painting operations, in premises other than those dedicated for this purpose, located in the exhibition area.

The Boat Show also aims to promote initiatives to communicate the Event’s journey towards complete sustainability, including by awarding prizes to suppliers, fitters and exhibitors who stand out for the level of sustainability achieved.

The organizers will not renew contractual relationships with suppliers and/or exhibitors who do not comply with the requirements of this Sustainability Honor Code.

By signing this Sustainability Honor Code, the individual supplier, fitter or exhibitor declares that they share its underlying values and requirements and commits to abiding by and implement said Code.

Genoa, September 2023

I Saloni Nautici