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Assurance statement

Assurance statement of Pirelli & C. S.p.A. 2009 Sustainability Report

SGS Italia S.p.A. was commissioned to conduct an independent assurance of Pirelli & C. S.p.A 2009 Sustainability Report.

The information in the Sustainability Report is the exclusive responsibility of Pirelli & C. S.p.A. SGS Italia S.p.A. was not involved in the preparation of any of the material included in this document.

The responsibility of SGS Italia S.p.A. is to express an opinion concerning the information, the graphs, the tables and the statements included in the Report, within below mentioned assurance scope, with the purpose to inform all the Interested Parties.

SGS Italia S.p.A. affirms its independence from Pirelli & C. S.p.A., being free from bias and conflict of interests with the Organization, its subsidiaries and stakeholders.

Scope of Assurance

The scope of assurance agreed with Pirelli & C. S.p.A. includes the verification of following aspects:

  • evaluation of content veracity;
  • evaluation of the report against the Global Reporting Initiative Guidelines (2006), referring to A+ application level;
  • Type 2 evaluation of the Accountability Principles and of the Performance information against AA1000 Assurance Standard (2008)

Furthermore, the following specified sustainability performance information has been subject to a high assurance level:

  • Survey of the supplier chain, with the support of second party audits, in order to check the compliance to accountability principles, with particular attention to human right principles.

Assurance methodology and limitations

The verification was performed by a pre-assurance research activity, examination of registrations and documents, interviews with personnel and management, and analysis of policies, procedures and customs of the Organisation. The texts, graphs and tables included in the Report have been verified by selecting, on a sample basis, qualitative and/or quantitative information, with the aim to confirm the accuracy and reliability of the process of collection and consolidation of data.

The assurance team was assembled based on their knowledge, experience and qualifications for this assignment.

Audit activity was conducted during March 2010 in several sites of Pirelli & C. S.p.A. in Italy, Argentine, Brazil, Egypt and Romania.

Financial data, drawn directly from independently audited financial accounts, has not been checked back to source as part of this assurance process.

Assurance Opinion

On the basis of the methodology described and the verification work performed, we are satisfied that the information and data contained within Pirelli & C. S.p.A. 2009 Sustainability Report verified are accurate, reliable and provides a fair and balanced representation of Pirelli & C. S.p.A. sustainability activities, and in addition represents a key communication tool with Stakeholders.

With regards to the AA1000APS 2008 principles, the Audit Team provides the following opinions:

  • Inclusivity: Pirelli & C. S.p.A. is deemed to have satisfied the principle of inclusivity, through an on-going dialogue with its Stakeholders and various communication channels.
  • Materiality: Pirelli & C. S.p.A. is deemed to have satisfied adequately the principle of materiality. In particular, by entering the ‘’green performance’’ strategy, the Organization reconfirms its long past attention and commitment towards sustainability matters.
  • Responsiveness: Pirelli & C. S.p.A. is deemed to have satisfied the principal topics of interest to its Stakeholders; however, a recommendation is made to continue with the involving activity in order to ensure that all the main decisions concerning sustainability have been sorted out by collection and consolidation of material and reliable data to all interested parties.

With reference to the assurance of specified performance sustainability information, the audit team expresses the following opinion:

  • The information included in the 2009 Sustainability Report is reliable and complete, in relation to the above-mentioned principles. In particular, we deem the survey activity of the supplier chain performed by Pirelli & C. S.p.A. remarkable for its range of extension and clear demonstration of Management sustainability familiarity, as demonstrated by the definition of further challenging targets for 2010.

We also confirm that the report is aligned with the requirements of the GRI-G3 A+ application level, with the following recommendations and opportunities of improvement:

  • The audit team recommends Pirelli & C. S.p.A. to continue the assessment and inclusion activity of performance indicators, in order to achieve a more careful assessment level either internally and externally.

Milan, April 6th 2010

SGS Italia S.p.A.

Signature of Paolo Pineschi Signature of Marina Piloni
Paolo Pineschi
Systems & Services Certification
Business Manager
Marina Piloni
Systems & Services Certification
Project Leader

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This is a free translation, in English, from the original in Italian. In the event of discrepancy, the Italian language prevails.