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Our sixth Sustainability report Europe

For the sixth year running, Mapei has decided to continue sharing the results achieved in the field of sustainability and to share with its stakeholders the activities undertaken to monitor and reduce the impact of production processes and products on the environment, to promote the activities of its employees and support local communities to achieve satisfying economic results.

Letter to stakeholders




2021 has seen recovery and the desire to return to normality, giving new impulses to energy, in the awareness of facing an unprecedented and unexplored scenario that represents a simultaneously complex and fascinating challenge. At Mapei, too, borne by the great desire to restart and aware of the responsibilities that a company like ours must assume at such a complex and unpredictable time, we have chosen to reassert our growth path with conviction. We are guided in this by the same corporate strategy that has proved successful even in difficult periods, based on InternationalisationSpecialisationResearch and Development  and, above all: Sustainability.

Mapei studies advanced solutions every day to reduce the environmental impact of its activities and spread the culture of quality and long-lasting construction, by working on the entire product life cycle and putting the well-being of the planet and people at the centre of business activities.

Acting effectively to produce less and less waste and limit the exploitation of resources is one of the main challenges of this millennium: at Mapei we address it by paying particular attention to using recycled materials in products and their formulation, as well as in packaging. This requires study, a constant commitment to research and, above all, the conviction that change is possible. At Mapei this awareness is strong and we are proud of the awards our work has achieved in the field of sustainability.

It is always important to remember that behind all the activities and successes of the great "Mapei Family" are people who work with passion and dedication every day: it is thanks to them that the company now stands out on the market for its quality and expertise. Our sincere thanks go to the team, which in 2021 consisted of over 11,000 employees worldwide and contributed to a turnover of €3.3 billion. In these two years of the pandemic we have tried to keep mutual collaboration and support alive, ensuring that everyone can return to work in complete peace of mind and compliance with the corresponding safety measures, while agile work partially continues.

Care for people and their personal and professional growth are central elements of the Group’s corporate policy. For this reason, we resumed training activities partly interrupted by Covid-19 as soon as possible. Likewise, as production resumed the hiring rate also grew again, with new young talent joining the company.

Our commitment to ensuring an inclusive and meritocratic working environment has been recognised for the second consecutive year by the "Italy’s Best Employers for Women" analysis from the German Institute of Quality and Finance, which lists Mapei among the 200 best employers for women in Italy. Meanwhile, in Hungary Mapei received the MNKSZ "Best Workplace" Award from the AEU Association for Women’s Professional Growth (MNKSZ).

Faithful to our DNA, which always drives us to look ahead to face new challenges, we have decided to expand the scope of this Sustainability Report to European level and redesign the materiality matrix, with help from the Group’s main corporate functions.

We have renewed our active contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, with an increasing commitment to adopting a circular process and product approach and to measuring, monitoring and reducing greenhouse gas emissions from our activities and products.

We therefore present Mapei’s 2021 Sustainability Report in the belief that sustainability is not a destination, but a compass for devising and designing solutions that are increasingly innovative and attentive to the environment and people.

Veronica e Marco Squinzi

Corporate CEOs

Sustainability figures

All figures refer to the Mapei Europe scope


Million euros distributed to
stakeholders in 2021


Million euros
invested in
r&d in 2021

Total offset of CO2 emitted during the life cycle of KERAFLEX MAXI S1 ZERO adhesive in Italy and of ULTRACOLOR PLUS in global production, by purchasing certified credits to implement a project to generate energy from renewable hydroelectric sources in Indonesia



Hours of technical


Partecipants in 2021


Total hours of training for employees
(about 21 hours per capita)


Of purchases (by weight)
from local suppliers1 in 2021


Employees in 20212


Injuries frequency rate
in 2021 compared to 2020


Hiring rate
in 2021


Termination rate
in 2021


Of employees with permanent


Million euros in contributions to sporting, cultural and social initiatives3

1. Local suppliers means suppliers located in the same geographical area as the relevant subsidiaries (Italy, Western Europe and Eastern Europe).

2. Note that this number differs from the one published in 2021 Consolidated Financial Statements (6,803) as it does not include temporary agency workers.

3. Note that the value reported here of €31.7 million includes €23.3 million allocated by other Mapei Group companies to U.S. Sassuolo Calcio S.r.l. to conduct its activities.

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