With the drafting of its first Sustainability Report, Autogrill began to adopt a sustainability-oriented approach. In 2004 Autogrill drafted an internal document to trace the Group's position in relation to social and environmental issues. Later, starting from 2005, official financial, social and environmental reporting and disclosure activities started vis-à-vis the stakeholders, resulting in an increasing commitment by Autogrill towards more sustainable business activities.
With the drafting of the first Sustainability Report in 2005, published to fulfil external disclosure requirements, Autogrill started developing projects related to sustainability within the Group.
In 2007, Afuture was developed with the objective of innovating Autogrill points of sale by integrating eco-compatibility and economic efficiency.
The project evolved over time, from an international think tank of ideas, projects and best practices to share within the Group to a true business sustainability philosophy: “Afuture, shape our tomorrow”.
“Shape our Tomorrow”, for us and for future generations, represents the crossing of a bridge, the evolution from a philosophy to a strategy based on sustainability. During this journey, the sharing and understanding of the meaning of sustainability among the different corporate functions was of utmost importance.
This enabled the Group to structure and adapt the concept of sustainability to Autogrill and led to the identification of the three strategic areas related to sustainability. The first is focused on people, the fundamental asset for a company like Autogrill; the second revolves around products and the Group’s core business and the third concentrates on the planet, a compelling topic for any organization.
At the end of 2011, within the framework of the “Route to Innovation” (the Group's plan dedicated to innovation) Autogrill Group's sustainability roadmap was launched. For the first time, the Afuture Roadmap identified and defined precise sustainability objectives for the Group.
In 2012 methods were identified to implement the Roadmap effectively and establish a data baseline that would allow the Group to monitor the attainment of objectives.
In 2013 half-year data was monitored along with the activities carried out at the country level to reach the objectives. Each chapter dedicated to the three key areas is enriched by ‘Focus Stories’ that provide additional insight into the progress made towards the attainment of the established objectives.