Our projects for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Our projects to build Acea’s inclusive culture

With the aim of raising the awareness of our people on the theme of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) and encouraging them to become the main actors of change and promoters of an inclusive environment, we have activated several projects with different levels of involvement. We have worked on our practices, as in the case of recruiting, on the internal communication level, and also with training activities and the organisation of events.

Training and development

Through training and development paths and initiatives, we raise awareness, train and strengthen the culture of inclusion, equity and merit, disseminating useful tools for acquiring awareness, knowledge and the ability to adopt inclusive behaviours. We periodically collect the training needs of each person in the Group, putting in place training initiatives that guarantee inclusive professional development and the possibility for everyone to increase, train and update their skills. We monitor the potential of each individual, to allow the definition of development and career paths that are consistent with specific needs. The courses organised by Acea pay specific attention to people with disabilities, for example, providing for the use of sign language interpreters, using simplified methods and setting up inclusive work groups.

Events and webinars

We develop initiatives for internal and external communication events and webinars in order to inform and raise the awareness of the Group’s people and external stakeholders on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion policies adopted by Acea. We activate diversified and interconnected campaigns, dedicated to spreading both awareness of DE&I issues and the value generated by the Group externally. For this purpose, various projects have been carried out related to the issues of gender stereotypes, women empowerment, generational dialogue, work-life balance and conciliation, the role of caregivers and much more.

On 21 May 2024, on the occasion of World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, we organised the webinar “OLTRE LE PAROLE. Da un linguaggio inclusivo a un linguaggio ampio” (BEYOND THE WORDS. From inclusive to broad language) with the Feltrinelli Group. The initiative was an important opportunity to discuss the central role of words in spreading an inclusive culture. Barbara Marinali, Chairperson of Acea, and Alessandra Carra, CEO of the Feltrinelli Group, opened the webinar. Both emphasised the importance and responsibility of adopting inclusive and broad language that can represent all people, starting from the working environment. Fabrizio Palermo, CEO of Acea, outlined the results achieved through the commitment of the company. Writer Nadeesha Uyangoda, author of “L’unica persona nera nella stanza” (The only black person in the room), offered a deep reflection on how language and racism are closely connected. Finally, Federica Marinetti, ED&I Manager of Acea, concluded the webinar by emphasising how the use of inclusive language can foster a sense of belonging and result in greater commitment and responsibility on the part of people.

In 2023, within the scope of the annual Corporate Family Responsibility programme and using the Connected with Acea format, the Company followed up on the process of sensitising the entire internal population and spreading the inclusion and diversity culture through various initiatives, including:

Listening and monitoring

To understand the real internal needs, we activate tools and moments of listening and collection of specific feedback. For this purpose, performance indicators have been developed on the variables of diversity. This allows us to constantly monitor the effectiveness of the initiatives promoted, as well as to take a snapshot of the phenomena and trends associated with DE&I in relation to the stages of people's professional lives.

How we put our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) commitment into practice

The choice to focus our actions on the five dimensions of diversity which are more relevant takes the form of specific projects, measures, programmes and formulas which draw an important line of direction that will also guide our future actions.

In Acea, we act concretely to listen to and respond to the real needs of people, in order to create precise support paths and tools. This takes place thanks to the definition of company policies and work-life balance measures, skills development programmes, and communication and awareness-raising actions aimed at enhancing and supporting a culture that puts the person at the centre. For instance, all this includes programmes dedicated to parenthood, psycho-physical well-being, support for caregivers and enhancement of female talent.

The Group is committed to combating gender-related stereotypes by adhering to various initiatives useful for promoting STEM training courses among female students, and encourages the new generations to realise their professional aspirations by telling the many positive examples of women in our Group who have undertaken a successful career in STEM professional roles.


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