The Telecom Italia Group and Italian Post Office Group company Postel have joined forces to launch a project for the sustainable management of bill printing and envelopes using special, extremely low environmental impact paper.
From February, to reduce the environmental impact of its billing process, Telecom Italia is printing and sending out bills to its customers via Postel on Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper. The FSC is an international non-governmental organization that promotes the management of forests and plantations around the world in respect of the natural environment, protecting work for local populations, and observing the principles of sustainable development. The FSC logo that appears on Telecom Italia bill paper and envelopes identifies products made from wood sourced from properly stewarded forests in accordance with strict environmental, social and economic standards.
Certification guarantees that the product is traceable all the way from the forest of origin to point-of-sale. A series of controls and a special labelling system enables companies and consumers to identify wood and wood products from properly-stewarded forests. A total of 11 forests in Italy are currently FSC-certified (covering a total of just under 43,000 hectares); 352 Italian wood industry companies also qualify for certification.
This initiative is part of the Telecom Italia Group’s strategy for environmental sustainability, which is based on the principles of optimizing the use of natural resources, minimizing negative impact on the environment, raising awareness about environmental issues, and adopting responsible procurement policies.
Telecom Italia began using FSC-certified paper in its offices in 2008. For 2009, the Group has set itself the target of acquiring a majority of its paper from FSC-certified sources.
Postel Spa, Italian Post Office Group
Founded in 1987, the Postel brand was the first in Italy to bring to market a highly innovative Hybrid Electronic Mail solution for the outsourced management of statutory correspondence, based on an online platform designed to handle large volumes. Postel is Italy’s market leader in this sector.
Postel is an ideal partner for companies that want to outsource business processes in order to rationalize costs and systematically improve both efficiency and results. By investing heavily in new technologies, Postel can offer its clients a wide range of services for statutory communications (Document Management, e-Billing, Correspondence Processing and e-Procurement), alongside services for developing new, alternative corporate communications strategies (Direct Marketing, Door-to-Door Marketing, etc.).
Telecom Italia is a major enterprise generating change and innovation by leveraging its traditional competencies and new competitive assets. As well as being the leader on its home market, Telecom Italia has built a targeted international presence on markets that offer significant growth prospects, notably in Latin America.
Technological innovation, competency and reliability underpin the company’s leadership across its broad range of operations, with the focus increasingly on convergence. The company is a force to be reckoned with in fixed-line/mobile telecommunications and the internet through brand names Telecom Italia, TIM, Alice and Virgilio, and in multimedia, TV and news through LA7, MTV Italia and APCOM. Outside Italy, the TIM Brasil brand is one of the Latin American country’s largest suppliers of mobile lines.
The Group operates on the office and system solutions market through the historic Olivetti brand.