Headquarters commitment

At the Group’s central offices — in Milan (Autogrill Italia), Bethesda (HMSHost) and London (WDFG UK) — waste collection is differentiated. According to the agreement established with the companies specialized in local waste collection and disposal, paper, plastic, glass, cans and printer cartridges are differentiated.

Food & Beverage

At the Milan headquarters, differentiated waste collection began in 2011 in the offices and in the company canteen and in the same period free water coolers were also installed in the break areas. The water in the dispenser is microfiltered and periodically checked. This initiative contributed to a considerable reduction in the use of plastic.
Based on the data provided by a US company specializing in the field of data management and protection, HMSHost estimated savings deriving from the differentiated collection of paper used in the headquarters in Bethesda at approximately 114 tons. The commitment and engagement of all employees enabled the company to save 1,936 trees, 466,934 kWh of energy and more than 198,000 liters of oil with a lower carbon footprint and reduced waste brought to landfill. In 2012 the US HMSHost headquarters obtained the Energy Star certification. The special attention focused on waste management contributed to achieving the target. In fact, many initiatives were consequently launched, ranging from the elimination of paper glasses for beverages from almost all the recreational rooms (encouraging employees to bring their own mug from home), to the introduction of a program to recycle various materials, including the distribution of special containers in the work stations, up to the organization of meetings to share best practices for the collection and recycling of materials to be followed both in the office and at home.

How does this translate in Travel Retail?

At the London headquarters, paper, plastic, cardboard and glass are differentiated for recycling. Waste bins are only present in the recreational areas and not below desks, to discourage people from throwing recyclable materials in the bins for undifferentiated waste.
In order to reduce the consumption of paper, a printing management software asks for an entry code to print documents and at the end of the day it eliminates all uncollected documents sent to the printer.