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.
The “Smart People” project
After a positive initial experimental phase with the project E.L.E.N.A (Experimenting flexible Labour tools for Enterprises by engaging men And women), 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:
In 2019, 508 people worked remotely one day a week.
The current progress of the project presently under development is monitored by way of qualitative and quantitative KPIs and specific surveys addressed to smart workers and supervisors. An analysis of the data so far reveals a positive perception of agile working or smart working, considered a useful tool for work-life balance capable of increasing employee productivity.
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)
Acea has been included in the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI) and now is one of 325 public companies from 42 countries across the world.
The Gender-Equality Index tracks the performance of the company in connection with gender equality on all levels (board and organization). Bloomberg uses complex metrics and implements a system of thresholds that must be reached to be included in the index.
In particular, the index tracks the level of transparency in gender information reporting, which accounts for 30% of the total GEI score, and the promotion of gender equality across five key areas: female leadership and talent pipeline, equal pay and gender pay parity, inclusive culture, sexual harassment policies, and pro-women brand. These areas, each one with a specific percentage of impact on the total score, form the data excellence score which accounts for 70% of the total GEI score.”
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
Our company has structures, that carry on social activities with the direct involvement of employees.
The Company Recreational Facility (Circolo Ricreativo Aziendale - CRA) offers cultural, sports, tourist, economic and commercial initiatives and personal services designed to enhance members' leisure time. The facility has the important task inter alia of managing the company's day nursery which can be used by both employees and residents of municipalities where Acea is based. It accommodated 25 children during the first six months of 2019 and 20 in the latter half of the year. The Company Recreational Facility also concludes agreements in favour of employees and sets up commercial deals, including ticket sales for sports, theatre and music events.
Lastly, a number of solidarity initiatives are organised at Acea: