The Sustainable Value Report of illycaffè was published for the first time in 2012: regularly released on an annual basis, the report is intended to be a tool to account for the responsible management of the company, which aims to increase its ability to generate value within the framework of the respect of all existing equilibriums at the basis of the sustainability concept (economic, social and environmental), giving the proper attention to the expectationa of all stakeholders who, either directly or indirectly, are interested in the activities of the company. The Value Report, moreover, responds to the commitment, initiated by the company several years ago, to communicate a path toward responsible growth, based on responsible behavior and practices, and sustainable products.
The 2015 Sustainable Value Report was created in compliance with the G4 version of the “Sustainability Reporting Guidelines,” issued by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), and the sector guidelines (G4 Sector Disclosure – Food Processing Sector) at the “In accordance-Core” level.
In order to finalize the Sustainable Value Report, the company actively involves all the different management departments operating at illycaffè headquarters and the reference key partners of foreign companies of the group.
The reporting process is based on information systems used by the company (management control, accounting systems, quality, environment, internal audit, safety, human resources management, etc.), which are integrated with specific instruments to gather and analyze data (reporting forms). The ultimate objective of the company is to further strengthen the reporting system, and to extend the approach to all the companies of the group and enhance the accuracy and reliability of the information provided.
The present Value Report complies with the requirements indicated by the United Nations Global Compact, adopted by illycaffè.
The 2015 illycaffè Sustainable Value Report has been verified by the external control and audit company DNV GL Business Assurance Italy, S.r.l. A copy of the assurance declaration is attached to the present report, at the following link: seguente link.
The present report has taken into consideration the most relevant industrial and commercial companies included in the Financial Statement of the group, through the integrated method in the consolidated balance sheet as of December 31, 2015.
In some cases, information and data relevant to performance have been related to some companies of the group: in this specific case, the report makes clear reference to the variation of the perimeter of reference. As the GRI standard requires the inclusion of all activities having a substantial impact in terms of sustainability (materiality), wherever possible the report includes a deeper analysis of related sectors of the value supply chain (for instance, the activities carried out in coffee plantations).
If you have any further questions or comments regarding sustainability, we would be happy to provide information about our vision, as well as about our specific objectives and targets.
Via Flavia 110, 34147 Trieste - Italy
countries in which illycaffè operates
retailers serving illy coffee
illy caffè and illy shops worldwide
more than 13 million visitors at the EXPO Coffee Cluster, with illycaffè Official Coffee Partner
Artisti del Gusto worldwide
employees as of December 31, 2015, at the consolidated level +8.6% compared to 2014
million Euros in overall turnover (+11% compared to 2014)
visitors per day at the illycaffè Cluster during Expo 2015
certifications: 4 quality certifications and 1 sustainability certification
university of coffee
trainees at the Università del Caffè in 2015: 11.800 of which were EXPO participants
Delight the lovers of life quality around the world with the finest coffee that the nature can provide, enhanced by the best technologies and beauty.
We aim to be the benchmark for coffee culture and excellence around the world. An innovative coffee company proposing the finest products and places of consumption which grows, thanks to this, to become the worlds' high-end coffee segment leader.
illy is a stakeholder company with the intention of improving the quality of life through ethics and excellence. Therefore, the fundamental values are: Excellence. A passion for quality, beauty and continuous improvement. Ethics. The creation of long-term value through transparency, sustainability and personal growth.
illycaffè is a stakeholder company which pursues the betterment of life through economic, social and environmental sustainability. illycaffè has been included for the fourth consecutive year in the list of “World’s most ethical companies”. Furthermore, it has adhered to various programs and initiatives for the implementation of sustainable strategies and improvements in respect to its own impact: the Global Compact, Planet Positive.
illycaffè pursues social sustainability through the concept of growth, in the sense of knowledge and self-realization.
illycaffè pursues environmental sustainability through the concept of respect, which translates into the principles of not polluting, not wasting, and using renewable resources.
illycaffè pursues economic sustainability through the concept of creating shared value with all its stakeholders.
In the hierarchy of stakeholders, consumers are placed at the top, followed by customers, who are partners of the company in offering the best products and services to consumers. Then, talents collaborating with the company are placed in the next step, as the excellence of products could not be achieved without their passion, competence and professional commitment to the company. Suppliers also have a crucial role in ensuring the delivery of our products, as well as all the communities sharing relations with illycaffè. Shareholders form the base which sustains the company.
Submission of the application to patent in Italy the process of pressurization (released in 1934). The patent has been released in Germany, in 1933.
Francesco Illy founds illycaffè.
Francesco Illy invents “Illetta”, the prototype modern coffee machines, and the pressurization process: a revolutionary method for preservation of food.
Ernesto Illy, Francesco’s son, joins the company, strengthens the company’s scientific and technological research and forms alliances with other companies, institutions and universities.
illycaffè inaugurates the head office in Trieste and the first laboratory site. The Headquarter in Trieste is presently still the only production plant of illy worldwide.
First company in the world to launch in the market coffee pods for the preparation of cafè-like high quality coffee, also for domestic use.
Riccardo Illy, one of the sons of Ernesto Illy, enters the company bringing new insights and an innovative approach to marketing activities and to distribution models, opening also new market opportunities.
illycaffè starts a direct contact with its growers to purchase coffee, stimulating quality improvement through economic surplus.
First Edition of the illy Prize for Quality Coffee in Brazil. Since its first edition, the Prize initiative has been always coordinated by Anna Illy Jr.
Francesco Illy has the idea to initiate an illy Art Collection, recreating new versions of the original white coffee cup designed by Matteo Thun.
illycaffè obtains the Certification “Qualit. France” (issued by Qualit. France SAS) for the high sustainability and quality of the illy products.
Andrea Illy is nominated CEO of the Company: this designation brings further acceleration to the international expansion, to innovation of processes and to the development of corporate culture.
World-renowned artist James Rosenquist designs the new icon for the logo of illy.
illycaffè is the first coffee company in the world to be certified under the ISO 9001 framework for the quality management system
Aromalab is the laboratory created by illy to foster the research on the chemistry of coffee with the intent to identify chemical compounds able to build up the aroma of blends of coffee and to evaluate the quality of green coffee and roasted coffee.
illycaffè improves the techniques of cultivation and coffer process obtaining as result the reduction of water consumption up to 90% per kg of green coffee.
illycaffè creates the University of coffee, a center of excellence to foster the promotion and dissemination of knowledge on the culture of quality coffee, from the bean to the cup.
llycaffè launches a new programme in Guatemala to foster Micro- Entrepreneurship and training of coffee growers.
illycaffè creates three new laboratories to carry out research on all the possible issue related to coffee.
illy inaugurates the opening of a chain of franchised cafès, to let people experience and appreciate the genuine taste of the Italian-Style cafès worldwide.
illycaffè obtains the release of a new certification for high efficiency of environmental management system and for the control of the environmental impact of the industrial process.
illycaffè introduces a new roasting facility in Trieste, based on a novel system with ultra-low emission of fumes during the coffee toast process.
illycaffè continues the efforts to improve environmental impact in cooperation with EMAS in order to foster increase of environmental efficiency of industrial activities.
In occasion of the candidacy of Trieste for the Expo 2008, illy started a cooperation with TWAS - The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, launching a Science Prize dedicated to researchers from developing countries.
illycaffè committment to the improvement of environmental impact of industrial processes is recognized at international level: the Company is awarded by EMAS for continually improving environmental standards.
Through the support and endorsement of the International Coffee Organization, illycaffè launches a project in Ethiopia in cooperation with the United Nations aiming to demonstrate that, upon treatment after harvesting, the quality of Ethiopian Coffee can be comparable and competitive with the best coffee blends in the world.
illycaffè obtains the BRC (British Retail Consortium) certification and implements its commitments in the certification of safe food and products.
illycaffè founds the Food Science Lab, a laboratory dedicated to the study of food and of consumable products based on coffee.
illycaffè launches in the market the new system of coffee capsules, called “Iperespresso”.
illycaffè obtains the IFS (International Food Standard) certification, confirming the commitment of the company to ensure high quality of standards for food safety.
illy issimo is launched on the market: it is a new ready-to-drink line of espresso-style coffee beverage and it is the result of a joint venture with The Coca Cola Company.
The Foundation is created in honor of Ernesto Illy in order to give continuity to the teachings and knowledge of Ernesto Illy, to whom the Foundation is dedicated.
In cooperation with the Environmental Change Institute of the Oxford University, illycaffè supports a research project on the sustainability of coffee cultivation and production.
illycaffè launches in Brazil the “Sustainable Conduct Award” initiative, a prize dedicated to coffee growers reaching high sustainability standards.
illycaffè starts a partnership with Istituto Terra (Earth Institute) for a reforestation intervention in a large area of the Atlantic forest region of Brazil.
AromaLab and SensoryLab of illycaffè are recognized and accredited by Accredia – Italian Accreditation System.
Creation of illyshop and illyteca: they are single-brand boutique shops offering the entire catalogue of illy products commercially available. Moreover, ILLYTECA is a retail point, in which are available all the products, technologies and accessories with the brands of the five shareholders of illy Group.
illycaffè is the first company in the world to be awarded with the certification for the "Responsible Supply Chain Process".
illycaffè launches a communication initiative addressed to all its stakeholders: the initiatives underlines and fosters the commitment of all the parties involved to the implementation of the sustainability concept.
illycaffè becomes part of the United Nations Global Compact.
In collaboration with the Italian Ministry of the Environment, illycaffè launches a project to estimate its carbon footprint over the entire lifecycle of its industrial process.initiative
illycaffè is the only Italian enterprise selected to be included in the list of the most ethic enterprises in the world for the year 2013, on the basis of the Etisphere Institute, the organization which yearly finalize the list.
illy has been selected by the Steering Committee Expo as Official Coffee Partner: illy is the exclusively responsible in charge for the Coffee Cluster of the Exhibition, with the responsibility to formulate and manage the content and event of the cluster, hosting and valorizing the participation of the ten countries representing the coffee producers in the world. The selection of illy to cover this prestigious role is a recognition for the company to be driven by excellence, passion, innovation and commitment to sustainable development.
Environmental commitment is of crucial importance to illycaffè: on the one hand, it manages the direct impact of the organization on the ecosystem and, on the other, the company contributes to sustainable development through the promotion and dissemination of values and proper actions, from farm to cup. 100% of electrical energy originates from renewable sources hence illycaffè has eliminated CO2 emissions deriving from these energy sources.
Thanks to this awareness, the company implemented an environmental management system aiming to foster the maintenance of sites which respect the environment and are certified. illycaffè has invested huge sums in order to minimize the direct impact of its production processes, in terms of energy efficiency and the sustainable management of waste.
illycaffè’s main raw material is raw green coffee. Every year, illycaffè purchases hundreds of thousands of sacks of Arabica coffee from producers in Latin America, countries in Africa and Southeast Asian countries. The company is aware that the production of the raw material plays an important role in the indirect environmental impact of its activities and monitors the phases of the raw materials, from the plantations to the transport.
illycaffè designs and implements solutions to dispose of products in the most environmentally efficient manner possible, using an approach based on:
the designing phase, which adopts technology to optimize the quality of the coffee, takes into consideration primary and secondary packaging which weighs as little as possible, has a low consumption and, wherever possible, is made from recyclable materials and/or those with a low environmental impact.
for secondary packaging, the company favors purchasing recycled material, which on average makes up 80% of the paper and cardboard purchased and 100% of the pallets used.
favored designs are those using recyclable packaging made with non-composite materials (metals or plastics).
Innovations in packaging introduced by illycaffè include:
refilly is the refill system for cans of illy’s ground coffee blend for the home, studied to reduce its environmental impact. Refilly keeps the quality and freshness of the coffee intact through the pressurization process. Thanks to the 5-layer polylaminate-aluminum packaging, it is lighter and can be recycled with plastic, thus reducing its environmental impact.
the packaging was created to replace the aluminum can, in order to reduce the environmental impact.
illycaffè’s commitment to the environment does not end with the control of the activities directly managed by the company but goes beyond, with the monitoring and improvement of performances related to the production of its raw material: green coffee.
In the production areas, illycaffè promotes the dissemination of agricultural methodologies with low environmental impact, with a direct intervention on the most impacting processes during cultivation. Moreover, the company has developed dedicated programs of incentives and recognitions for the producers who favor quality and environmental sustainability, such as the Ernesto Illy de Qualidade do cafè para Espresso Prize, the Clube illy do Cafè and the Sustainability Diploma.
Prêmio Ernesto Illy de Qualidade do Café para EspressoSince 1991, 10,000 producers
have participated with a total of funding of approximately 4.5 million reais distributed.
illycaffè manages the entire supply chain within the overall framework of sustainability. This approach is certified by an independent, third party evaluator through the Responsible Supply Process
Since 2011, illycaffè has certified its own supply chain defined by the “Responsible Supply Chain Process” (RSCP) developed by DNV GL, an independent international certification agency. DNV GL started from the supply chain model developed by illycaffè and integrated this model with the best emerging guidelines on sustainability and entrepreneurial responsibility, within the framework of reference standards applied in certification and accreditation procedures.
the added value generated and distributed on a consolidated level, compared to 2014
coffee producers have received a specific audit, according to the Responsible Supply Chain Process (through the end of 2015)
growers who attended training activities and divulgation activities promoted by illycaffè from 2010 to 2015
total registered patents, of which 281 granted, as of December 31, 2015
million Euros in research and development activities in 2015
papers published in international scientific journals, 4 poster communications presented and 14 lectures at important national and international scientific conferences
The Iperespresso system combines a coffee machine to innovative capsules. The innovative extraction system is based on a special extraction chamber, for which the relevant invention is protected by 5 international patents.
The first profeSsional Ho.Re.Ca. with boiler, using Iperespresso capsules.
The first type of mono-variety coffee with a low level of natural caffeine, possessing an unique sensorial and refined scent.
A ready-to drink product for the consume out of home. Without additive colorants and preservatives, illy Issimo is the result of the cooperation between illy and The Coca Cola Company and offers the possibility to enjoy the best quality coffee in the form of a chilled beverage ready to drink.
frozen soft ice-cream produced with espresso illy 100% Arabica coffee and ice micro-crystals, without hydrogenated fats, colorants or preservatives.
X7.1 is the evolution of the X7 model, using boiler technology in compliance with the norms relevant to the emissions of heavy metals.
home machine coffee maker using Iperespresso capsules, made of aluminum and glass, equipped with an automatic system for the expulsion of capsules. Working upon thermic control and electromechanical commands.
evolution of the X2 model, equipped with, with thermo-block technology and in compliance with the norms relevant to the emission of heavy metals.
Y1 touch, an evolution of the Y1 with soft-touch control panel and electronic management.
New Iperespresso home coffee machine with automatic drain, an extension of the “Y” series.
Limited edition in fluorescent colors, designed for the Christmas seasonal campaign of 2013.
The refill for the home fits inside the 250-gram can and is designed to reduce its environmental impact.
Pulcina is a revolutionary moka coffeepot combining the technology developed by illycaffè with the design experience of Alessi. Thanks to the internal shape of its special boiler, Pulcina automatically stops dispensing the coffee with precision timing, thus avoiding the minor eruptions in that final stage of extraction that can leave a burnt, bitter aftertaste, and ensuring that the coffee emerges at its best, with the full rounded aroma intact.