Awards and acknowledgements in 2009

Transatlatic Award Gala Dinner

The American Chamber of Commerce in Italy, which fosters economic and cultural relations between the USA and Italy, awarded the Italian companies that made the most significant investments in the United States and in a particularly difficult moment for the world economy. Autogrill was acclaimed for having “contributed to consolidating Italy’s image and credibility in the world whilst promoting local traditions and business within the framework of its own growth and acquisitions process, and in particular HMSHost in North America, which made Autogrill the world leader in the airport Food & Beverage business”.

Good Egg Award

Autogrill Italy won the Good Egg Award (organized by Compassion in World Farming, the biggest international farm animal welfare campaigner) for its commitment to using exclusively free-range eggs in its points of sale.

Design for All

Design for All Italia gave Autogrill Italy the DfA 2009-2010 mark for “the fast catering area at the Autogrill Mensa di Ravenna on the E45”. DfA sees this award as an important opportunity to endorse Autogrill’s decision to commit to producing products that comply with laws and standards and, above all, respect human dignity and diversity.

People Award for Hospitality & Services

Employees in points of sale do a good job and customers know it. The Murphy’s Irish Pub in Schiphol Airport was for the second year running acclaimed “best customer-oriented team” in terms of quality of food and service. The award was assigned on the basis of an independent market survey.

Top Industry Awards

Thanks to its “Thinking Barcelona” concept, Aldeasa was judged “best concept of the year” amongst the nine big retail and duty free operators that took part in the Top Industry Awards. The award was handed over during the International Tax Free World Exhibition in Cannes.

The concept was singled out for its unique and original way of representing the spirit and emotions of Barcelona inside its airport.

Thomson Reuters Ranking

The multinational Thomson Reuters asked a series of investors (funds) and financial analysts to vote for top CEOs in Europe. The results were published in the Extel Surveys, which also contain details by country and business sector. Autogrill’s CEO, Gianmario Tondato, took 3rd place in the ranking of managers judged best at managing their companies and communicating with the outside world.

Sustainability rating

Autogrill periodically undergoes a series of assessment procedures performed by international sustainability rating agencies (EIRIS, Vigeo, Accountability Rating 2008 Italia, Triodos Bank, RiskMetrixs, Carbon Disclosure Project).

Due to low market capitalization (number of shares x unit price), some sustainability rating agencies do not take the Autogrill Group into consideration in their annual evaluations.

Ethical indexes are often used as investment benchmarks by ethical funds, i.e. funds that invest in companies whose objective is not only to maximize their market value but also to safeguard environmental, social and human capital.