Don'twe need something quite different than what is being proposed by the various social actors, be they national politicians or the United Nations, on what is by now a global chessboard?» These were the words, back in 1976, of an Italian visionary manager, worth rediscovering: Aurelio Peccei. In his book The Human Quality, he answers this question by suggesting that what is needed is «a true and proper mutation, a new way to live for man which would put him in harmony with the reality he continually manipulates, transforms, and creates himself».
Some young students of economics, as well as some graying entrepreneurs and managers, will remember Peccei for having founded, along with other prominent figures, the Club of Rome, which was in fact the first international forum to address the issues of development on a global scale. The Limits to Growth caused quite a stir in 1972, the first visionary report issued by the Club of Rome, pointing out to the world that humanity should become aware, as soon as possible, of the fact that we live on a planet with very specific physical limits. That pioneering study had the merit of questioning what we now, half a century later, call the linear economy and its impacts on natural capital, highlighting the connections between environmental protection, energy use, the industrial model and population development. (To learn more about the figure and role of Aurelio Peccei, I recommend reading Eleonora Barbieri Masini's essay entitled "The Legacy of Aurelio Peccei and the Continuing Relevance of his Anticipatory Vision", available on the Club of Rome website).
In fact, in 2018, on the 50th anniversary of its founding, the Club of Rome once again brought together researchers from around the world for three days, emphasizing the need to move away from the linear economic model, one based on "take-make-dispose", and move on to a circular model. «As with consumer goods – the study states – the way we manage the Earth's resources is also very inefficient and is responsible for the production of huge amounts of waste. This leads to rapidly increasing levels of pollution, resource scarcity, loss of ecosystems as well as the economic value of every item we discard. Governments and businesses must work together to develop strategies in the use of resources: according to the new business logic, circular business models must replace linear ones».
On the back of a debate that has now become central to the daily life of every business, the energy transition is precisely what is now guiding the strategies and growth of our new MAIRE, which as early as 2018 – with the founding of NextChem – began its evolutionary journey with the goal of positioning itself as a global technology leader. In a scenario where companies play a key role in the concrete implementation of necessary changes (think, for example, of the allocation of NRRP funds), in 2023 our Group emerges as an integral agent for development, with a completely transformed organization. Capitalizing on what it has done so far, MAIRE has launched "Unbox the Future", to announce its 10-year growth plan and new two-business units reorganization to the market, focusing on new technologies on the one hand and its historic ability to build large energy infrastructure on the other. Capital Markets Day was an opportunity for MAIRE to portray its new identity, a rebranding journey that was necessary to support our new position, following our purpose of committing to a future «in which humanity, industry and the planet can all thrive».
In the words of Fabrizio Di Amato, «We are entering the second life of our Group and it is a new beginning, both for us and for me. We have established ourselves as a leading player in engineering, bringing together expertise and technology with more than 100 years of history». The great energy of the founder and his strong entrepreneurial sense of social responsibility are both apparent.
In a market that demands a new integrated approach, we need to demonstrate the ability to lead a broader ecosystem, one that is able to engage a wider range of stakeholders on a daily basis in order to accelerate the path to decarbonization. «MAIRE – said our CEO Alessandro Bernini – will need to be able to navigate the ecosystems of our target audiences, supporting them in their decision making. All while understanding their differences based on geographic area, regulatory agenda, available resources or technological focus». In the new organization, the area related to the heritage of technological solutions merges into Sustainable Technology Solutions (STS), while the major executive skills into the Integrated Engineering & Construction Solutions (IE&CS) division. In parallel, we need to accelerate the implementation of our sustainability strategy, which must penetrate every aspect of the company. Social sustainability continues to put people at the center of an inclusive and meritocratic path, but also the communities in which we operate, according to the Global Compact Manifesto on Social Dimension that we have recently committed to. In the area of environment, MAIRE's compass is MET ZERO 2030, which is the company's commitment to achieving carbon neutrality through a major rethinking of its production and organizational processes. We are also working with unwavering commitment on the issues of transparency, accountability and effectiveness of governance processes, upon which, moreover, more stringent parameters are being defined by regulatory authorities and supervisory bodies.
In addition to strategic and organizational change, it also includes aspects of language and storytelling. Each one of our people knows that MAIRE is in a phase of change, and their contribution is indispensable to achieving it. This is ultimately why this magazine was created in 2017, on the occasion of the 10-year anniversary of the Group's public listing on the Milan stock exchange. We believed then, as we still believe today, that the magazine is a way for the whole "family" of our professionals to more fully share our vision toward the common goal of change. We have experienced firsthand the results that can be achieved by pooling everyone's energies. We have also realized that a business magazine can shape a culture, contributing to the debate on the new economy and our new society, its opportunities and its risks, opening itself up to some of the most original reflections which from time to time we intercept from the outside.
Carlo NicolaisGroup Institutional Relations, Communication & Sustainability Vice President
Social sustainability continues to put people at the center of an inclusive and meritocratic path, but also the communities in which we operate, according to the Global Compact Manifesto on Social Dimension that we have recently committed to. In the area of environment, MAIRE's compass is MET ZERO 2030, which is the company's commitment to achieving carbon neutrality through a major rethinking of its production and organizational processes.
EVOLVE therefore evolves (!), even in its graphic design, and this special issue is dedicated to our transformation. Moreover, as of today, the magazine is co-published with the MAIRE Foundation, because both the company and the foundation believe in the need to train a new kind of "humanist engineer", through whom we will help new generations integrate technical-scientific expertise with the social, environmental and cultural dimensions. This incorporation is a language we already know how to speak. It is a reconnection with our hidden DNA, making it clearer and easier to understand: it is that "human quality" Peccei spoke of. And it embodies us all.
ISSUE 9 – July 2023
The longer a professional and corporate journey is, the more numerous the key words are that mark its path over time. They are those often-used terms that we become accustomed to using and hearing because they become part of the lexicon and the corporate way of thinking. Throughout MAIRE's long history, we find some recurring concepts that continue to outline the distinctive and managerial profile of this company: entrepreneurial vision, the ability to integrate insight and expertise, the importance of strategic acquisitions (how can we forget those of Fiat Engineering and Tecnimont), the protection of Italy's industrial and engineering heritage, financial stability, and performance in terms of turnover, margins and results. However, we still need two more words: tenacity and courage.
Now we have a complete picture for putting the "Unbox the Future" revolution into context, announced by chairman and founder Fabrizio Di Amato at MAIRE's Capital Markets Day 2023 on March 2, with the presentation of the 10-year strategic plan, 2023-2032: «I am really excited today because we are entering the second life of our Group and it is a new beginning, both for us and for me – said Chairman Di Ama- to –. We have established ourselves as a leading player in engineering, bringing together expertise and technology with more than 100 years of history. We are now key players in the energy transition. And we are ready to accelerate. We want to use all our experience to meet the growing demands of the market with a new approach. Today we begin a new journey».
Here, on the cusp of his 40-year anniversary of constantly evolving entrepreneurial activity, Fabrizio Di Amato presents the second life of the company he founded at age 18, when he led a team of 20 employees that has grown into a group of 50 companies operating in 45 countries around the world: «We are making sure that our DNA, as a Group, continues to evolve. We are increasingly technology driven and want to give value back to our society. We expect great results for our people, shareholders and stakeholders». As part of this new dimension of MAIRE, the levers for achieving the objectives of the plan will arise from the opportunities presented by the energy transition. The ambitious plan announced by Di Amato is to double MAIRE's numbers in 10 years, both in terms of people employed and by bringing revenues toward a quota of 7 billion between now and 2033. How? «We are committed to significantly increasing our profitability and sustainability – the founder explained –. Our future journey will be supported by acquisitions and internal growth. Personally, as an entrepreneur, I feel a great responsibility: to support the transformation our planet needs regarding the environment and growth. To do this we have incorporated sustainability into our business. The goal is to achieve it in line with these three parameters: social, environmental and economic».
Unbox the future: here at MAIRE it is time for a revolution
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