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Award for Italian tanning group

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The Dani Group wins the “Award of Awards”

Great recognition for the Gruppo Dani, which in Rome on June 14th received from Italian President Giorgio Napolitano and Minister Renato Brunetta the Premio dei Premi at the National Innovation Day. The motivation was: “For having made organizational and product innovation a lever for becoming a big international business, also keeping all of production in Italy”.

The award was created to encourage ingenuity and creativity in Italian enterprise, to foster an innovative mentality. Giancarlo Dani, CEO of the Arzignano tannery group, commented: “It was a unique thrill to receive this award from the hands of the President of the Republic. Acknowledgement of the efforts made to grow the company thanks to pioneering projects, especially in the environmental protection field, and the importance of having protected the Italian-made. At times it looked like we were obstinately going counter-current, refusing to delocalize, but the decision to take full advantage of the synergies the Vicenza district offers in the tanning field rewarded us. Let’s not forget, in fact, that Arzignano accounts for a third of Europe’s leather production”.

Today, with its sixty-year history, the Dani Group is a supplier of tanned skins for many production sectors, from furnishing to automobiles, footwear to leather goods. In recent years its spur to innovate was taken ahead by precisely programming research to meet three goals: 1) developing new products and processes, thanks in part to collaboration with major Italian universities; 2) reorganizing the supply chain, with great simplification of production stages; 3) protecting the environment, with the certainty of setting a record as the first company in the leather world to have passed Product Carbon Footprint inspection and obtained ISO 14067 CD2 certification.

The Tanning Industry Honored

Giovanni Russo, Unic vice-president and president of Russo di Casandrino SpA (founded in 1962 by a family working in the tanning industry for four generations) was recently given the title of Cavaliere del Lavoro, a knighthood bestowed for merit in work.

The company, which for 2011 foresees sales of about 70 million euro, has 132 direct employees and provides work for another 240 people located in Campania, Lombardy and Veneto.
Always concerned with safety, quality, the environment and ethics, Giovanni Russo upholds policies that have led his company to be among the first in the sector to get ISO 9000 quality management certification, and to follow the Tanning Good Conduct Code in regard to corporate social responsibility. And this year the company’s environment management system will be getting ISO 14000 certification.
The company has relations with governmental and private organizations both to sponsor worthy undertakings (especially in the social sphere) and to finance or participate in specific research projects. It has agreements with Federico II University in Naples and Bocconi University in Milan for internships and works with the Costume and Fashion Academy in Rome and other fashion system organizations.

UNIC, Milano, 7 July 2011