Thanks to the continuous and progressive strengthening in the design and architectural segments and to the full opening to the outdoor lighting sector, 2016 has been a year of confirmations and significant growth for Flos, considering also the dynamic context that we are facing.
Changing technologies are transforming the lighting industry day by day: the use of LED lighting sources is, by now, an indisputable fact, leaving space for the new challenge represented by the diffusion of the Internet of Things. Flos Smart Control system, shown for the first time in 2016 at the Light + Building Fair, allows people to remotely control lamp positioning, orientation and intensity and represents our first steps in this developing scenario. The diffusion of remote control systems will deeply influence both our professional and our personal life, but the path to a complete and full transition and shift is still long. In this context, we strongly believe in the importance of lighting systems and lamps as objects with which we interact for a great part of our time: for this reason, our aim is to focus not only on lighting design but also on design itself and on light quality. Doing so, we will be able to change, evolve and innovate without changing our nature, our tradition and our identity as a design company.
On the other side, we are aware that, nowadays, our evolution and growth must encompass our commitment to evaluate and reduce social and environmental impacts along our value chain. In 2015, we subscribed to the United Nation Global Compact (UNGC) Initiative and we started to collect and monitor data and information to draft our first Sustainability Report. This path allowed us to significantly increase our internal awareness on sustainability issues and to identify the most important improvement areas, which are the starting point to draft reasonable targets and objectives for the short and medium term.
As a result, our second Sustainability Report becomes a more complete and representative document to communicate the achieved results and the sustainability areas and topics we are focusing on. Furthermore, it becomes an instrument to communicate to our stakeholders our commitment to the ten principles of the Global Compact, with respect to human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption, how we make this principles part of the Company’s culture and day by day operations and which are the outcomes of these commitments.
Considering the complexity and progressive development of the lighting industry, the increasing sustainability pressures, the evolution of our product portfolio and the coexistence of different collections, it is fundamental for us to maintain a strong corporate identity, both internally and externally, thus facing the markets as a unique brand. This will be possible thanks to the strong link with our tradition, based on the union of art and design, craftsmanship and industry, together with our will to innovate and our conception of light as a substance for expressing new ideas and illuminating unexplored emotions. DOWNLOAD COMPLETE REPORT
Piero Gandini – CEO