Methodological note

The SEA Group 2013 Sustainability Report (hereafter also the “Group”), in its fourth edition, was prepared according to the Sustainability Reporting Guidelines (version G3.1, 2011) and the Airport Operators Sector Supplement, both drawn up by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) at A+ application level. 

The GRI Content Index and the Auditors´ Report are included at the end of the document. 

Reporting process and scope

The 2013 Report is the product of a structured process carried out by an internal team comprising a number of employees representing all areas involved in social, environmental and economic reporting. In choosing the content, meetings were organised with the various company departments to identify both major issues and any disclosure requests from stakeholders. 

A materiality analysis was also carried out at sector level:

  • analysing the Sustainability Reports of the major European airport operators (through a benchmark survey);taking into consideration also that indicated in the Sustainability Reporting Guidelines & Airport Operators Sector Supplement.

For this fourth Sustainability Report, the data and disclosure concerns the Group’s subsidiaries, excluding the Malpensa Construction Consortium, for which it is currently not possible to collate like-for-like data and information with the other Group companies. For this Group Consortium, in line with that outlined in the GRI Guidance for Report Boundary Setting, its inclusion in the reporting scope is proposed for the coming years. 

On December 18, 2013, the company Ali Trasporti Aerei ATA S.p.A. was acquired and, through indirect transfer, it’s full holding in ATA Ali Servizi S.p.A. These companies were not included within the scope of this document as their acquisition took place at year-end, with the exception of the workforce data reported in the Human Resources section. 

In addition:

  • all figures relate to the period 1/1/13 to 31/12/2013;the environmental and social figures are fully consolidated and not based on percentage holdings;
  • the financial data is sourced from the 2013 Consolidated Financial Statements and includes therefore all the Group companies consolidated in this document, including also the Malpensa Construction Consortium and the companies Ali Trasporti Aerei ATA S.p.A. and ATA Ali Servizi S.p.A.;
  • any specific issues and exceptions to the reporting scope are outlined precisely in the relevant sections;
  • the document also uses the following terms: 
    • SEA Group for SEA SpA, SEA Handling SpA and SEA Energia SpA; 
    • SEA for SEA SpA; 
    • SEA Handling for SEA Handling SpA; 
    • SEA Energia for SEA Energia SpA.

Reporting principles

Report content principles

The reporting principles concerning the content of the present document, applied upon preparation, are based on the above-stated guidelines prepared by the GRI and are summarised as follows: 

Inclusivity, Materiality, Sustainability context

For each category of stakeholder, the relations and the involvement actions were identified.

The principal social and environmental impacts of the Group as relating to the major stakeholders are in addition outlined in the document.


In relation to the completeness principle, reference should be made to the previous paragraph “Reporting process and scope”.

Report quality principles

Similarly, the quality guarantee principles of the current document are also reported: 


The figures are displayed in an objective and systematic manner. The result indicators reflect the assessment of the performance independently of improvements or deteriorations on previous periods.

Comparability, Clarity 

In order to simplify appraisal of the document, the disclosure contains clear and accessible charts, tables and language. The indicators are compared with the two previous years and are commented upon, highlighting any significant changes. The tables and graphs without comparative data concern indicators whose comparison with preceding periods is not considered important or indicators for which the prior year data was unavailable. Reference to the model set out under the Global Reporting Initiative in addition allows comparison between the domestic and international organisations which have adopted the model.


The figures are checked by the various department heads. The “Economic-Competitivity Sustainability” section was prepared based on the same data utilised for the Consolidated Financial Statements, applying international accounting standards. 


The 2013 Sustainability Report covers one calendar year.


The Sustainability Report was approved by the Board of Directors and was subject to external and independent review by the audit firm Deloitte. This activity focuses on verifying compliance with the preparation principles, as outlined in the present section concerning the conclusion on the self-declared application level of the GRI G3.1 guidelines.