Responsible Canteens

Responsible Canteens

In 2013, in partnership with Fondazione Banco Alimentare Onlus, Leonardo launched its Responsible Canteens Programme with the purpose of recovering the surplus food in its company canteens and donating it to the no-profit organisations affiliated to Banco Alimentare operating in the municipalities near the company’s sites.

With this good practice, the food surpluses in question are turned into resources, the costs of waste disposal are reduced and a form of collaborative economy and a stable social engagement is established with the beneficiary associations present in the reference areas. Every day, any food not consumed in the canteens is packed, refrigerated and stored, to then be delivered to the volunteers of Banco Alimentare, reaching  the participating organizations within 24 hours.

In 2018 21 canteens have been involved , togetherwith the same number of no profit organisations.

From 2013 to date, the Programme has allowed to recover an amount of food worthing a total of over 1.900,000 euro.

The corporate food collection

The partnership with the Fondazione Banco Alimentare Onlus has led to the creation of corporate food collection project, now in its second edition.

The corporate food collection

The Corporate Food Collection, organized in 28 Leonardo Italian sites, is supervised by volunteers from the regional branches of the Fondazione Banco Alimentare and by representatives of beneficiary associations already involved in the Responsible Canteens Programme, thus strengthening the link with local stakeholders. In 2018, it involved 30,000 employees at 28 site, who donated food products to 24 beneficiary associations. The food collection totalled 15 tons of donated foodstuffs, with an increase of 25% compared to the previous edition.

A virtual platform to voluntary activities

A virtual platform to voluntary activities

"Bacheca del volontariato" is an internal platform born to connect employees interested in the volunteering world. It is a “matching” tool between supply and demand of volunteering activities that includes the exchange of time, skills and goods.

In this virtual space, employees involved in volunteering activities can share their experiences and publish announcements for new volunteers to join the associations they already collaborate with, while others can offer their availability to carry out no-profit activities. From the help for economically disadvantaged people to health care assistance, from support disabled people to clown care: the volunteering activities cover different areas. The project works as a "solidarity engine" powered by employees, which allows to support and nurture their desire to develop and share social commitment.