We promote organisational wellbeing

Work-life balance

Ensuring a balance between working and personal life is part of our commitment towards the Group's staff. In effect, it is now acknowledged that work-life balance measures increase employee satisfaction and generate improved business performance.

Smart working in Acea: a proven format

Starting from 2018 we implemented smart working within the Group in a structural manner via the agile Smart People work project, with a view to improving life-work reconciliation as well as attracting talents and increasing productivity.
The initiative, agreed with the trade unions, was developed based on the values of the Leadership Model and aims to:

  • enhance autonomy and resourcefulness in the achievement of objectives, freeing people from the constraints of working location and hours;
  • create new methods of individual and team working.

The proven format and related accompanying actions, such as the creation of a development path, the sharing of a remote working culture and the digitalisation of corporate processes, allowed us to immediately adapt our working methods to the coronavirus contagion containment measures. From the outset of the health emergency, we extended smart working to include over 3,700 people, mainly with administrative profiles. To date, 85% of Acea’s staff are working remotely.


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Diversity

Over the years we have used a series of tools to promote and integrate the principles and initiatives regarding diversity.

From a governance perspective, responsibility for diversity is assigned to the Ethics and Sustainability Committee, which has the task of promoting a diversity evaluation culture and opposing all forms of discrimination, while from an operational standpoint the People Involvement Group in the Department of Human Capital Development oversees inclusion and the protection of diversity. Moreover, we have adopted the Charter for the management of diversity, aimed at promoting diversity management policies and initiatives, as well as the Group procedure for the "Protection, inclusion and valorisation of workforce diversities and wellbeing”.
 

Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI) 2021

Acea has been included in the 2021 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI) with a score of 70.49%, which places the company in an above average position both for the sector (66.72%) and compared to the sample examined (66.46%).

Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI) measures gender equality across five pillars – female leadership and talent pipeline, equal pay and gender pay parity, inclusive culture, sexual harassment policies, and pro-women brand – and makes the data available to investors.
Acea is one of 380 public companies assessed worldwide, representing 44 countries from a variety of sectors (communications, finance, utilities, etc.).

A pact for diversity and inclusion

Together with other public service providers, Acea signed the 'Utilitalia - diversity makes the difference' pact, to facilitate gender, age, culture and skill diversity.
An open document to all pact members, the program focuses on inclusive policies at all levels of the organization, work-life balance, transparent meritocracy and policies to increase awareness inside and outside.

Protection of diversity: the projects

  • Participation in the Marisa Bellisario Foundation, which is concerned with the valorisation of female talent in the working world
  • The adoption of measures with regard to flexible hours and parenting support, including: the extension for family reasons of workers’ parental leave, in the case of either mothers or fathers, by an additional three months;  the extension of paternity leave, with an additional two days of paid leave, to be used within two months of the child’s birth, adoption or fostering; the opportunity to take leave hours in the case of children starting nursery, kindergarten and on the first day of primary school and the holiday donation programme.
  • Participation in the School/work project, by helping to realise the initiative Inspirational Talks Role Model, aimed at promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) training courses with middle and high school female students.

Association membership and solidarity

Acea’s numerous solidarity initiatives include the following:

  •  thanks to the campaign #IODONODACASA we directly involved employees with a view to supporting the extraordinary healthcare activities of the Lazzaro Spallanzani National Institute of Infectious Diseases;
  • we supported the local organisations engaged on the front line during the health emergency, via an intense activity of economic and technical support for hospitals, such as the Agostino Gemelli Polyclinic Foundation and the Lazzaro Spallanzani National Institute of Infectious Diseases, and for Associations committed to the protection of fragility and primary needs, such as the Italian Multiple Sclerosis Society (AISM), the Community of Sant’Egidio and the Italian Red Cross.
  • we launched the project PIÙ BUONI A NATALE… PIÙ AIUTI created to support various families in need, through the Food Bank Banco Alimentare Lazio Onlus, thanks to the purchase of solidarity vouchers for the collection of food provisions to be delivered to charity organisations and families in difficulty. The company contributed towards the project with an additional amount corresponding to the overall contribution paid by its employees;
  • we continue to maintain the Relief Fund, a major solidarity tool for supporting the families of deceased, in-service or retired colleagues.

Our company also has structures that perform activities of a social nature, directly involving employees.

The Company Recreational Club (CRC) offers cultural, sports, tourism, economic, commercial initiatives and personal services with a view to enhancing the free time of its members. Among other things, the Club performs the important task of managing the company nursery available for use by both employees and residents in the municipality where Acea is based, which in 2020 accommodated 20 children in the first six months and 25 in the second. Moreover, the Company Recreational Club concludes agreements and other commercial arrangements in favour of our employees, including the sale of tickets for sports, theatrical and musical events.