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The analysis of raw materials and their supply chain laid the foundations of a process aimed at safeguarding biodiversity, outlining a range of activities for more responsible use of natural resources and for reducing the impact of the supply chain on ecosystems.
In fact, over the last two years the Group, with the active involvement of its suppliers, carried out a hotspot analysis to identify the main areas of supply of its strategic raw materials, quantifying, for each of them, the impact in terms of land use, climate change, water stress, land and marine pollution. The approach, developed on the basis of
the guidelines of the Science Based Targets for Nature (SBTN) and the AR3T (Avoid, Reduce, Restore and Regenerate, and Transform) framework, enabled the identification of the impacts generated by the Group, and the prioritisation of mitigation actions.
The analysis showed that the greatest biodiversity impacts are associated with animal fibres, mainly wool and cashmere, related to the use of soil during grazing. It also emerged the presence of some areas at risk of water stress along the down and cotton supply chain.
On the basis of this analysis, the first projects,
consistent with the AR3T framework, were defined, both at the Group’s activities and along the supply chain, aimed at minimising the impact on biodiversity by 2030.
The strategy will be managed as an ongoing process to be aligned with developments in the guidelines set out by the SBTN framework.
In 2022 projects were identified to support regenerative practices related to the cotton and wool supply chain, with mitigation effects on both biodiversity impacts and carbon emissions. These projects will be developed during 2023.