Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (DE&I)

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: meaning

The Acea Group strongly believes that promoting the themes of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion makes the Company more innovative, capable of creating shared value, as it considers strategic to bring individuals together, facilitate interactions, welcome and mobilise the wealth brought by diversity, in order to create pluralist and inclusive work environments that guarantee the Company to be more competitive.

It's not just a matter of attraction or reputation: promoting diversity of thought, cultural and educational backgrounds is a strategic lever of the business and a tool at the service of people's well-being.

With this in mind, Acea has begun a transformation to be increasingly inclusive, a continuous path of growth and evolution through the adoption of process management practices, building an inclusive work environment useful for promoting continuous improvement and enabling the development of new solutions and innovative services, integrating the themes of sustainability and inclusion into the business objectives.

Strategic vision of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I)

As an industrial Group active in the water, energy and environmental sectors, we work constantly to ensure the well-being of the territories and communities in which we operate.

We are committed to integrating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) into business management, also with concrete initiatives to strengthen an inclusive work environment based on dialogue, respect, listening and valuing each person

We promote values inspired by the principles of equal opportunities, ethics, competence and merit.

Towards the enhancement and promotion of Diversity and Inclusion

Starting from 2021, in order to build and disseminate a culture of inclusion and promotion of diversity, we have designed action plans which are more and more intertwined with our corporate strategy.

Through the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion annual plan, we have defined a programme of internal (actions dedicated to our people) and external (actions on the territory) initiatives, thanks to development of projects related to DE&I.

The path started aims at encouraging an inclusive culture, able to promote the diversity of gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation and identity, religious faith or other personal characteristics of all the people belonging to the Group.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Policy and dedicated internal Committee 

In Acea, we have adopted a Policy approved by the Board of Directors in October 2022, which defines the appropriate values, tools and actions, aimed at supporting active practices, with the goal of promoting an increasingly collaborative and inclusive work environment. More specifically, the document defines how said principles are applied to the employee’s professional path, through the adoption of actions aimed at guaranteeing the observance of the Diversity and Inclusion principles in all stages of the employee journey, in line with the principles of Social Sustainability. Moreover, a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee has been established, with the task of managing the correct application of the policy itself, and a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Manager was appointed.

Person and Participation Charter

The Person and Participation Charter was signed by the Company and the trade union organisations. It is a protocol which outlines a renewed model of Industrial Relations based on an even more participatory and integrated dialogue, with the aim of strengthening trade union relations, enhancing the involvement and putting people at the centre. This agreement aims, moreover, at developing and strengthening the company’s professional profiles and the individual and collective well-being, investing on abilities and competences as levers to face and overcome the great challenges of our social and economic context. 

Manifesto for Equality

For the Human Rights Day, the Acea Group has updated its Manifesto. The new Manifesto for Equality is inspired by Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, which is reflected not only in the graphics but also in the content.

Four main values like Family, LGBTQIA+ Community, Gender Equality and the contrast on Ageism have been explored.

Group Procedure 

We have established a procedure on the “Protection, inclusion, and promotion of diversity and workers’ well-being” for the whole Group.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Annual Plan

Every year, Acea drafts a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion plan that collects the goals and the related projects both in the context of DE&I and corporate welfare, in order to define the best relation between sustainability policies and human capital, with the aim of enhancing its ability to evolve and adjust to new challenges.


Diversity management and governance

In 2022, we have established the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee at the top management level, with the goal of ensuring the observance of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Policy and drive the dissemination of a culture based on the promotion of diversity and inclusion in the company, to create an inclusive and pluralist work environment. The Committee has also appointed a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Manager, who has the responsibility of coordinating the preparation and monitoring activities of the operational plan for the initiatives.

Our Diversity Manager

From the governance standpoint, the responsibility in terms of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) is entrusted to the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Federica Marinetti.
At an operational level, within the Human Resources function, the Talent Acquisition & People Development unit has the mission of undertaking measures on Inclusion Management and People Experience, and the HR Special Projects unit has the task of designing, in collaboration with the other units of the Human Resources function, specific initiatives for the enhancement of people and the improvement of the corporate climate, also promoting the value of well-being, plurality and inclusion.

We have started a process of promotion of the principles of equity, inclusion and valorisation of diversity to respond to the sensitivity of all our people. We consider the values of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion to be real strategic drivers for corporate competitiveness, and this is why we work every day to increasingly encourage an inclusive culture that values individual characteristics and the contribution of all the people of the Group.

Federica Marinetti

Federica Marinetti

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Manager

What the Diversity Manager does

Since diversity, equity and inclusion are increasingly transversal themes in the company, it is necessary to entrust their management and responsibility to a duly chosen figure. In fact, the role of the Diversity Manager represents a link between representatives of several areas, with the task of promoting continuous dialogue in order to develop corporate strategies that guarantee the right to diversity in all organisational and management processes, through the understanding and enhancement of the differences and unique talents of each individual, and therefore fostering people's well-being and their sense of belonging.

The areas of our commitment as an inclusive company

The company effort towards Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) manifests itself through concrete actions aimed at preventing, detecting and contrasting all forms of discrimination, focusing the commitment mainly on the following dimensions, which are more representative and distinctive of the Acea ecosystem and its people: gender identity, disabilities (both visible and invisible), age, sexual orientation and cultural background.

Certifications, indexes, awards

Once again in 2023, Acea confirms the gender equality UNI/PdR 125:2022 certification, obtained from RINA, a body accredited by Accredia. In december 2022 Acea alredy obtained the certification.

This is the only national standard on equal opportunities that indicates the guidelines for reducing the gender gap with respect to growth opportunities, equal pay, protection of parenthood and work-life balance.

Acea has also received some important awards for its commitment to the issues of diversity, inclusiveness and women empowerment.

Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI)

Acea was included in the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI) for the third consecutive year in 2022, with a score of 81.58 on a 0-100 scale — an improvement on the previous year (80.67), which places the Group above the sector averages (73.75) and the sample analysed (72.94). The Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI) evaluates companies' performance with respect to gender equality, across five pillars — female leadership, equal pay, inclusive culture, anti-sexual harassment policies and brand positioning as a pro-women company.

Acea again this year decided to take part in the GEI assessment, responding to the 30 KPIs selected by Bloomberg with a dedicated Gender Reporting Framework.

Go to the 2024 Gender Equality Framework

Europe’s Diversity Leaders

The Acea Group has been included by the Financial Times and Statista in the classification of the special "Europe's Diversity Leaders 2023", which selects the 850 employers with significant leadership in the field of diversity and inclusion.

Acea ranks first among the Italian public service companies present in the list and has the fourteenth place among the 42 Italian companies mentioned.

Read more in the press release

Italy’s Best Employers for women

Acea was included among the 2,000 companies evaluated in the Italy's Best Employers for Women 2023 study (based on 2022 data) conducted by Istituto Tedesco Qualità e Finanza which, based on online citations, rewards the 360 best employers for women in Italy.


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