UFI, at the forefront of technological innovation, pledges to be
sustainable and to rely solely on sustainable suppliers.
Our industrial site in Jiaxing China is 100% dedicated to
sustainability and green technologies. UFI is GREEN.
UFI FILTERS CHAIRMAN
“…Our people, because in times of need people are doing the difference, helping each other and overcoming difficulties together. This is the spirit that characterizes our Group and our history.”
As shown in this graph, we are proud to highlight how all our valuable resources are spread around the world.
We are a Global Automotive Supplier and we are distributed on the 5 Continents with more than 4000 employees. We ensure that our Human Resources personnel takes care of our people according to the policies and regulations that are homogenous and closely monitored from our Headquarters in Italy (Nogarole Rocca).
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI)
20 Industrial sites in 21 Countries spread over all 5 continents require a high degree of flexibility and adaptability in managing so many different cultures.
Our People deal with a mixture of cultures, languages and beliefs. The Group in turn has learned over the years to include in its DNA and its genetic make-up the ability to deal with all these differences, absorbing the best and sharing it with the other parts of the Group.
In the Group, 42,5% of the group human resources are female and we have numerous examples of women in management positions demonstrating how skills and merit are what the Group considers important.
Learning can take different forms and we are using all of them to increase operational reliability and resiliency, but also operation efficiency and people empowerment.
Online courses, on the job training, internal trainers, external special courses, operational manuals and individual courses are used to hone the hard and soft skills of our people that want to engage the company to better themselves.
We have illustrated in the side graph the Group’s belief in the training system, that shows the total number of hours of HR training carried out during the year 2022 in all our industrial sites, that equals to an average training of almost 12 hours per employee.
Our core responsibility is to ensure our employees’ safety. To achieve this, we need workplaces that protect them from accidents and injuries. However, working with machinery involves an element of potential risk, we tackle safety and risks proactively raising awareness among our employees, keeping occupational risks to a minimum.
Again, also in 2022 we have further decreased the total number of accidents in absolute terms by almost 19%, while increasing the working hours as derived from new business growth, which translates in an index that shows that our philosophy of safety culture is showing progress.
The injury frequency index represents the number of accidents with at least 1 day-off of the injured persons per 1,0 Million Worked hours.
The same index is here represented also for the high-consequences incidents, over 180 days.
Electrification has brought new lines of products such as full Electric Vehicle technology and Hybrid Vehicles.
These innovations have focused on the development of new efficient technologies for the optimization of Thermal Management of engines and batteries.
This new product line and market segment is one in which UFI Filters Group will play a major role in the future having in-depth knowledge and having invested in Thermal Management for some years now.
This new direction is already present in our portfolio as in 2022 the 48% of new business awarded projects by UFI Filters are electrified vehicles applications.
UFI is primarily an electrical energy – consumer company, which accounts for about 82 % of the total energy consumption. Energy is provided by regional networks which rely on different partners and distribution lines.
The other source of energy with major impact is natural gas, mainly used for heating and production of domestic hot water, the use of natural gas in manufacturing is limited to some few processes where heating ovens are used (e.g., die-casting production…).
We are studying how to diversify our energy sources as part of our decarbonization strategy from here to 2025 and beyond.
We are mindful that waste needs to be tackled at the source. So, we implement in our sites several internal initiatives and actions to optimize our manufacturing processes with minimal process scraps, to reduce the consumption of raw materials and the related environmental impacts.
Most of the wastes are generated by our verticalized processes, where mainly aluminum, steel and plastic injection waste are managed, in addition to those derived from packaging and household waste.
In 2022, we have further improved the management of waste by increasing recycling quote by 4,4% from 67 to 71,4% at Group level.