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Cesana Torinese/I: first community with environment and ethics certification

The Italian mountain community of Cesana Torinese, near Sestriere, has received an award for its efforts aimed at improving the quality of life of its citizens. The community's ethics programme, which it developed specially, has been certified in accordance with the guidelines of international standard SA 8000 (Social Accountability).
Cesana already obtained the European environment certificate EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) In 2004.
Cesana's ethics programme comprises projects and activities in the following four main areas: youth policy, social and welfare policy, local authority organisation and relations with residents. The SA standard was originally drawn up for businesses and enterprises, which is why the Cesana community and the certifying body had to develop specific applications to establish an innovative precedent at the international level.
Information: www.comune.cesana.to.it (it), www.sa-intl.org (en)