You can read through in order, starting with page 2, where in his "message to stakeholders" Claudio Descalzi, CEO, describes "a year we won’t easily forget", with "the global pandemic highlighting the vulnerability of development models", and find out as you go through chapter by chapter, what this unpredictable and challenging 2020 has meant for a company like Eni. Or, you can browse through, looking for what stands out, perhaps photos of a flooded forest in Congo and graphics describing how sustainability is integrated into business. Stories that might only seem quite minor until you put yourself in the shoes of those there. The children who received exercise books and blackboards in the Mexican state of Tabasco, the women who were able to find work thanks to the Halo Trust programme and the clean-up of mined land in Angola, the budding entrepreneurs in Kenya, who are launching their own start-ups with the help of the E4Impact Foundation and the Catholic University.
Or you can take a closer look at the maps and tables, and stop to consider those numbers, which on the face of it might seem clinical, but also have faces and people behind them. And they can tell us a lot about a change in progress. Whether it is the €96.1 million invested in local development, or the 1.04 million hours of training provided. The 91% of fresh water put back into circulation after production to avoid waste or the 222,708 participants registering for "health promotion initiatives", a hot topic in the year of the pandemic. Whichever way you approach it, Eni for 2020 - A just transition is a report describing the sustainability witnessed and experienced by the Six-legged Dog over the past year. A compact publication describing Eni's activities in the many countries where it operates, as well as a pocket guide to the world. Three volumes packed with tables and graphs, but also stories, interviews, images... in short, full of life. It is a report that helps the reader to better understand the path of a company that is increasingly aware of this issue.
So much so that it invests heavily in work that goes beyond the classic reporting required by law. "The 2020 report is our fifteenth, so we have been working on voluntary reporting for some time" explains Cristina Saporetti, Head of Sustainability Reporting. The legally required sustainability reporting, i.e. the Non-Financial Statement, is included in the company's financial statements, but Eni for is an altogether different document. "It focuses on storytelling, including through the use of images, it looks at the theme closer and in a more engaging way. And it is not only aimed at an audience of financial analysts and investors, "we are talking to governments, international bodies and potential project partners," explains Matilde Garavini, who works with Saporetti on the team producing the report. "And we edit it strategically. We don’t call it a sustainability report because reporting is a word that suggests something in the past. We want to explain the path we are on and what lies ahead, targets, strategy, how we are doing and why”.
And this path runs along three tracks, which Saporetti calls the three levers of the business model: "First and foremost, operational excellence. This cuts across the whole business and is applied to every aspect of Eni's work, from a focus on safety, the protection of human rights, inclusion, respect for the environment and business transparency and integrity. Then, carbon neutrality, which the company has set itself the target of achieving by 2050 and we report on the progress step by step. Finally, partnerships for development, the ability to network with partners of all kinds, governments, international institutions, NGOs and local organisations. Whatever it takes to ensure the countries where we operate grow with us. But in addition to these two levers, development partnerships also play an extremely important role for us. Eni for explains all this in detail”.