Relations with Institutions and Public Authorities

  • The primary aim of Group institutional relations is focused on the publication of information about its industrial identity.
  • In Italy, the Group interacts in a system of relations involving numerous institutional bodies
  • The Pirelli Group also considers its relationship with European institutions
  • Institutional relations were particularly intense in Russia and Mexico

“Relations between the Pirelli Group and public authorities at local, national, and supranational levels are characterized by full and active cooperation, transparency, and due recognition of their mutual independence, economic targets, and the values in this Code. “The Pirelli Group intends to contribute to the prosperity and growth of the communities it operates in by providing efficient and technologically advanced services. The Pirelli Group endorses and, where appropriate, gives support to educational, cultural, and social initiatives for promoting personal development and improving living standards. The Pirelli Group does not provide contributions, advantages, or other benefits to political parties or trade union organizations, or to their representatives or candidates, this without prejudice to its compliance with any relevant legislation.”
(Ethical Code – The Wider Community)

The far-flung nature of Pirelli Group industrial and economic interests demands extensive articulation of institutional relations at the national and international levels.
For Pirelli, the establishment of stable relations with institutional authorities, always characterised by maximum transparency and mutual cooperation, represents a natural condition in all countries where it operates.

The primary aim of Group institutional relations is focused on the publication of information about its industrial identity. Investments, development of new processes and product technologies, employment indices and indices of environmental and social sustainability are at the centre of our relations with institutional interlocutors, in order to guarantee constant and exact comprehension of the Group’s activities and the interests it represents.
Every assessment of corporate issues having a material impact at the political and institutional level includes a careful review of their potential implications. This includes a complete and transparent engagement of all the institutional interlocutors involved in the public decision-making process.

To guarantee an approach consistent with Group requirements, special attention is devoted to analysis, not only of statutory and administrative issues but also the evolution of governmental conditions in the many areas where Pirelli operates industrial plants.

In Italy, the Group interacts in a system of relations involving numerous institutional bodies. At the parliamentary level, it monitors all legislation having an impact on the Group. It devotes special attention to the activities of the principal standing committees in the lower house of Parliament and in the Senate, and contributes information to lawmakers during the bill drafting process.
At the governmental level, Pirelli cultivates on-going relations with the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministers of Economic Development, Transport, Environment, Labour and Foreign Affairs.

During meetings with ministerial officials the greatest attention was devoted to projects for the re-industrialisation of national territory, procedures promoting road safety, employment, and various financing opportunities for investment, scientific and technological research.

In Rome on June 16, 2010, Pirelli and Autostrade per l’Italia presented “Safe&Go” to Altero Matteoli, Infrastructure and Transport Minister. Safe&Go was a summer road safety campaign conceived and created by the two companies. It targeted all motorists using the Autostrade per l’Italia motorway network, and involved a complete tyre check-up at the Pirelli inspection stations set up along the network.

The Pirelli Group also considers its relationship with European institutions – such as the European Commission, Council and Parliament – of fundamental importance to define general objectives and European Union policies. The monitoring of legislative activity and active participation in the decision-making process on issues of greatest interest to the Group (including transport and sustainable development, commercial policy, urban mobility, industrial policy and research) is of key importance.

In 2010 Pirelli top management joined the official delegations that received the leaders of Russia and China, as well as an extensive series of institutional relations with Brazil, where Pirelli has been operating for over 80 years. During the visit made by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in June 2010, the Italo-Brazilian Business Council was established with the participation of Pirelli.

The Group celebrated two important anniversaries in 2010: the 50th anniversary of operations in Turkey and the 100th anniversary of operations in Argentina. These represented two opportunities for reinforcing relations with these two nations and their institutions. Nihat Ergun, Industry and Trade Minister, and Egemen Bagis, European Affairs Minister, participated at the events in Turkey: the press conference held at the opening of the “factory of champions” in Izmit, where all tyres for Formula 1 and other motorsport activities are made, and a gala dinner in Istanbul with major Pirelli stakeholders in Turkey. In Argentina, President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner presided over the ceremony honouring a century of work and business in that country, and announced new investments to be made in the near future.

Institutional relations were particularly intense in Russia and Mexico, in anticipation of new industrial projects. Thanks in part to strong institutional ties, November was marked by the start of construction on a new high-end tyre production plant serving the entire NAFTA market and a comprehensive joint venture with Russian Technologies and Sibur Holding were announced. The purpose of the latter is the development of joint activities in the tyre and steel cord sectors, and the supply and high technology production of synthetic rubber derivatives in Russia. To underscore the importance of this latter agreement, Pirelli chose Russia as the location for launching the Pirelli 2011 Calendar, created by Karl Lagerfeld. This world-class event was attended by leading members of institutions in Moscow.

In December, the Group signed an agreement with Mara Carfagna, Equal Opportunity Minister, and Roberto Formigoni, Governor of the Region of Lombardy, to expand and renew until 2013 the international health cooperation programme launched in 2008 between the Milan Niguarda Ca’ Granda Hospital and Slatina Hospital in Romania. This programme aims to support the professional training of Romanian medical and nursing professionals through a training course coordinated by the Milan hospital. This initiative is part of Pirelli’s commitment to social initiatives supporting the local communities where the company has production sites.