Certifications and management standards

In both its business and corporate activities, Pirelli integrates Social Responsibility in its management of any issues with social and ethical impact.

In its application of the first principle of the Social Responsibility Policy for Occupational Health, Safety and Rights, and Environment, Pirelli is very active in the field of Management Systems that it uses to improve the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of its processes and further reduce their impact on employee health, work safety conditions and the external environment.

    1. Quality

      1. The focus placed on quality by Pirelli, both as a manufacturer and a supplier, is demonstrated by the certifications it has received, which comply with international standard and addresses aspects regarding processes, products and services. In particular:

        ISO 9001

        Since 1970 the Group has its own Quality Management System introduced gradually in all centres of production and since 1993 Pirelli has obtained the certification of this system in accordance with ISO 9001. Today, 100% of Pirelli facilities are certified with ISO 9001:2008, including the logistics hub in Manresa, Spain and the Plant in Jiaozuo, China, acquired in 2016.

        ISO/TS 16949

        In 1999 the Group obtained certification for its Quality Management System in compliance with ISO/TS 16949 and it has since maintained compliance with the standard as currently applicable. All plants that supply the automotive sector, whether new or acquired, have obtained or maintain this quality certification

        ISO/IEC 17025

        Since 1993 the Materials and Experimentation Laboratory of the Group and since 1996 the Experimentation Laboratory of Pirelli Pneus (Latin America) have obtained the Quality Management System, and have been accredited according to the ISO/IEC 17025 standard. This system is maintained in accordance with the current standard and the ability of the laboratories to perform accredited tests is evaluated annually. The labs participate in proficiency tests organised by the International Standard Organisation, by ETRTO or by international circuits organised by auto makers. Specifically in regard to car tyres, the quality focus is confirmed by Pirelli’s supremacy in numerous product tests. It is also guaranteed by collaboration in terms of product development and experimentation with the most prestigious partners (auto makers, specialist magazines, driving schools, etc.).


        The Product Certifications, which allow the commercialization of the products in the various markets in accordance with the regulations laid down by the different countries, are regularly managed by a department dedicated to the area of Research & Development. The main Certifications secured by the Pirelli Group concern the markets of EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), NAFTA (North America Free Trade Agreement), Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, China, Taiwan, India, Indonesia and South Korea and involve all Pirelli plants. These certifications call for annual audits by ministerial bodies of the countries in question or organisations delegated by them, which verify the compliance of the product at the certified plant.

    1. Environment

      1. Pirelli has adopted ISO 14001 since 1997 as the benchmark standard for its Environmental Management Systems.

        In 2016, all the industrial production facilities of Pirelli Tyre and the tyre testing field in Vizzola Ticino (Varese) have Environmental Management Systems certified under International Standard ISO 14001:2004.

        The international standard ISO 14001 was adopted by Pirelli in 1997, and since 2014 all certificates have been given further ANAB international accreditation (ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board: US accreditation service).

        New plants are also subject to mandatory implementation and certification to the ISO 14001 standard as Group policy. The activity underlying certification, together with control and maintenance of previously implemented and certified systems, is coordinated on a centralised basis by the Health, Safety and Environment Department.

        More information about ISO 14001 Standard

    1. Health and Safety


        Pirelli adopts a Safety Management System structured and certified according to the OHSAS 18001:2007 Standard.

        All certificates are issued with international accreditation ANAB (ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Boardaccrediting body of the United States).

        Also in 2016, RINA Services S.p.A. was the evaluator of conformity of the health and safety management systems of Pirelli. At the end of 2016, all the production facilities are certified according to OHSAS 18001:2007, with the exception of the facility in Jiaozuo that joined the Group in the last quarter of the year, and the facility in Rome (United States), where a management system is operative, applied under the OSHA Standards, similar to the OHSAS 18001 Standard and such that an activity of parallel certification in the content would be of relative value.

        The Safety Management System and the Environmental Management System implemented at the Pirelli Tyre production sites have been developed on the basis of procedures and guidelines drafted at corporate headquarters. This has made it possible to adopt a “common language” within the Group, in terms of the key elements of operating that guarantee effective, uniform and shared management.

        More information on OHSAS 18001 Standard


        All raw materials and auxiliary products are carefully tested before they can be used in Group operating units. These tests seek to identify potentially unacceptable risks to human health and/or the environment. This assessment is performed on a centralised basis and carried out in all countries where Pirelli operates, taking account not only of the requirements imposed by European regulations concerning the management of hazardous substances, but also know-how currently available worldwide (specifications, databases, etc.). Monitoring of producers and suppliers of raw materials used by the Group continues, particularly in regard to the registration processes of these substances by producers/distributors/importers and in compliance with Regulation CE REACH 1907/2006.

        More information on REACH Regulation

    1. Social Responsibility

      1. Likewise, and as also publicly declared in the Group Social Responsibility Policy and in the Global Human Rights Policy, Pirelli does not use child labour or forced or compulsory labour. In accordance with, inter alia, the prescriptions of the SA8000® international standard, which was adopted by Pirelli in 2004 as the benchmark tool for management of social responsibility at its own affiliates, Pirelli monitors application of the prescriptions governing social sustainability and, in particular, compliance with human and labour through periodic audits commissioned to specialised independent consultants. These audits are obviously conducted after constant coordination and monitoring by headquarters functions.

        More information on SA8000® Standard

Last Revised: 08 June 2017