“Discovering new solutions and new markets, providing superlative skills to help our customers improve people’s quality of life”.

We’re a leading Italian group with a long history of success in meeting people’s needs and providing long-term value for all stakeholders. We’re constantly on the lookout for new markets, our goal being to set the standard in every one of our business areas.


“Creating value over time”

Every day, this is the spirit that – through product innovation and process evolution – drives us towards future achievements as we seek new benefits for consumers. Our quest for excellence is ceaseless and systematic. Since 1932 we’ve followed the principle of continuous improvement, creating value and well-being in every business, every day. Key mission-compatible growth drivers include an ability to anticipate market needs, create tangible benefits and the courage to invest in the future.

Cefla pursues its Mission of continuous improvement by relying on solid values:

Cefla has believed in the power of working together for over 90 years. For Cefla, development can only occur where business, sustainability, quality of life and environmental protection co-exist harmoniously.

People are Cefla’s greatest resource. Every day, their passion and skill helps build the future.

For Cefla, close links with its origins and proximity to the markets where it operates are fundamental.

“Making Your Life Better” is a promise that means improving people’s lives, getting involved with the way they think.

“Making” refers to an innate capacity of Cefla, a manufacturing tradition that has been with us for decades.
“Making” also means “rendering”, that is, transforming one thing into another. So, Cefla both “makes something” and simultaneously “makes it something else”.

“Your Life” refers to every one of our stakeholders’ lives, especially the final consumers’. We speak to them directly, creating close relationships that are strengthened every day.

“Better” is the effect these relationships aim to generate: improving people’s lives in various ways by providing products that truly make a difference.

Leading Italian financial newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore lists Cefla as one of the “Sustainability Leaders 2023”. This is a list of the 200 most sustainable Italian companies, all of which have reported progress in parameters relating to the three main areas of sustainability: environmental, social and economic.

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Highlights 2022

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Cefla celebrates its


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Cefla employees in 2022
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Increase in
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6,454 Gj

of self-produced energy in 2022 via photovoltaic and cogeneration systems
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SCOPE 2 indirect emissions

reduced by nearly 7%

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€ 12 million

invested in R&D
+27% compared to 2021


As a cooperative, one of Cefla’s inherent goals is to ensure the company is handed over securely to future generations. One of Cefla’s distinguishing characteristics lies in its economic sustainability: the statute states that at least 50% of balance sheet profits must be ploughed back into the company, a reliable way of steadily increasing the company’s net assets in keeping with its mission of creating value over time.

Sustainability is an increasingly important goal, one that Cefla aims to achieve by integrating the logic, content and tools that are vital to corporate and organizational procedures. Cefla has, in fact, nominated an internal Sustainability Manager and a Sustainability Team, a group coordinated by the Sustainability Manager, whose specific remit is to pursue ESG goals.

By involving the various company departments, Cefla has taken steps to share its strategic sustainability-related priorities and has defined the goals, tools and areas of action requiring intervention. Within each of the key pillars – Governance, Supply Chain, People, Environment, Community – actions have been selected to offset the expected generated impacts and comply with strategic guidelines. Following systematization of the results and an internal review process, Cefla has drawn up its own three-year sustainability model which summarises the main initiatives that fall within the scope of ESG objectives.



In 2022, Cefla’s research, development and innovation activities were developed on a sector by sector basis, to the advantage of both the industrial-oriented Business Units and the Engineering Business Unit. For 2022, costs incurred for research, development, innovation, functional/aesthetic product improvements, product range expansion, process re-engineering, digitalization and the assessment of new businesses amounted to 11.9 million euro (about 27% more compared to investment in 2021) of which 95% regarded Cefla S.C., mainly in relation to the following projects:

2020 2021 2022
R&D investment 10.7 M 9.5 M 11.9 M
Innovation/Revenues 2,3% 1,6% 1,8%
(Innovation/Innovation Y-1)-1 10,8% 12,1% 26,6%


Attention to our people, their training and professional growth, wage strategies and a sharp focus on involvement were all deemed to be essential when Cefla’s HR policy was defined and updated.

On 31st December 2022, the Cefla Group workforce consisted of 1,802 employees. In 2022 approximately 78% of the company workforce was male: this is in line with gender distribution averages in the industries in which Cefla operates, where men are traditionally employed to a greater extent than women.

Moreover, more than 83% of all personnel (1,501 employees) work in Italy.

  • total number of employees: 1802
  • employees with indefinite-term contracts: 1758
  • employees worldwide: 301
  • employees by gender: 78% men - 22% women


The Group also believes that investing in personnel-focused work-life balance and welfare policies is crucial: not just in terms of corporate social responsibility but also with a view to strengthening the link between employer and employees, enabling the latter to perform their professions while ensuring maximum productivity.

With regard to health care, all non-probationary employees of the Parent Company and the Italian subsidiaries are provided with health coverage.

Initiatives implemented to provide employees with various forms of supplementary healthcare are not, however, the only corporate welfare projects launched by the Group in recent years. For example, other key programmes being implemented by the Group include:

  •  flexitime so that workers can attend doctors’ appointments.
  •  paid leave to allow parents to accompany their children during the first few days of kindergarten or nursery school.
  •  a 20% wage supplement for the first three months of parental leave.
  •  educational grants for children of employees who meet certain criteria
  •  all employees of Italian companies have the opportunity to benefit from a ‘welfare bonus’ (200 euro per person in 2022).
  •  Cefla employees can opt to allocate their performance bonus to welfare programs in varying percentages (25%-50%-75%-100%) with the application of a coefficient of 1.2 (1 euro bonus = 1.2 euro of welfare)
2020 2021 2022
Life insurance 151 147 175
Health assistance 1,638 1,467 1,683
Invalidity/disability coverage 746 701 721
Maternity/paternity leave 1,639 1,469 1,614
Pension policies 1,582 1,413 1,658


Cefla S.C. prioritises respect for the environment and energy savings. Hence its pursuit of key goals, such as:

  • Compliance with the laws and regulations in force at national regional and local level and observance of commitments undertaken with the relative parties.
  • Less energy consumption.
  • Safeguarding the environment and preventing environmental accidents.
  • Lower environmental impact.


Various steps were taken to reduce energy consumption in 2022. These included: containment measures relating to winter heating/summer air conditioning, other technical/management measures, the adoption of behavioural measures to encourage efficient use of energy and facility/plant-focused investments.

On the emissions front, Cefla monitors both direct (Scope 1) and indirect (Scope 2) emissions. Scope 1 emissions refer to the consumption of natural gas and fuel to power the company vehicle fleet, while Scope 2 emissions refer to the purchase of electricity from non-renewable sources. To calculate this second emissions category, location-based and market-based approaches were used. These respectively involve entering emissions that stem from electricity consumption by applying national average emission factors for the various countries in which electricity is purchased, and determining the GHG emissions stemming from purchases of electricity according to the specific emission factors provided by suppliers.

2020 2021 2022
Natural Gas for heating purposes 3,360.40 2,233.83 1,819.56
Fuel for vehicle fleet 1,212.69 1,457.94 1,534.31
Diesel 1,212.69 1,457.94 1,442.87
Petrol / / 91.44
FGAS 870.90 684.04 879.62
Total emissions SCOPE 1 5,444.00 4,375.81 4,233.49


Economic value generated and distributed are key items on the income statement as they highlight the value created by the organisation as a result of its daily operations.

The consolidated financial statements of the Cefla Group as of 31 December 2022 show Revenues and EBITDA are at the highest levels ever achieved by the Group: Revenues amounted to 650 million euro (+13.3% compared to 2021), while EBITDA was up to 91 million euro (+32.9% compared to 2021). Net Profit was €61 million (+22.2% on 2021).

The Group’s capacity to relate to stakeholders within its local area is of paramount importance to sustainable economic performance.

  • Remuneration to the community and the Cooperative Movement
  • Remuneration of Borrowed Capital
  • Remuneration of Public Administration
  • Remuneration of cooperative members and employees
  • Operating costs

Our 2022 Sustainability Report