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Diversity

For everyone at A2A, it is important to harness the value of diversity and to create inclusive working environments. Our People Strategy aims to ensure a new and sustainable future for the communities and individual customers that we serve.

Our approach to diversity and inclusion is founded on the principles of integrity and on the safeguarding of the individual within the working environment. Through our Code of Ethics, we are committed to guaranteeing respect for the dignity of each of us, averting discriminatory and defamatory behaviour and condemning all forms of mobbing, harassment or attempts to hinder the professional prospects of others.

In 2020, we implemented the “Diversity and Inclusion” scheme, which sets out to plan, develop and promote projects for the purpose of instilling a culture that fosters the full expression of individual characteristics and an increasingly inclusive working environment.

INCLUSION TEAM PROJECT

At A2A, we believe in the value of diversity and, for this very reason, in 2021, rolled out a call to action for the creation of the Inclusion Team, tasked with defining strategy, objectives and specific D&I initiatives on the themes of Culture, Gender, Generation, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, Disability.

The working group is made up of over 60 colleagues with diverse backgrounds, levels of seniority, gender, abilities and company positions, and is supported by HR and a sponsor from the management committee for each theme area.

The GEA – Gender Equality A2A project, launched in 2018, and dedicated to the empowerment and the development of female leadership, has undergone transformation, now reaching beyond the sphere of gender. The theme is thus now included among the objectives of the Inclusion Team and, as with the other theme areas, is followed by a specific group of colleagues.

ROLE MODEL PROJECT – INSPIRATIONAL TALKS IN MIDDLE AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS

We want to break with gender stereotypes in order to achieve a more inclusive working environment. Since 2018, we have been taking part in the ELIS Sistema Scuola Impresa (School Business System) project, set up to provide training for young people, with a specific focus on girls and their access to professions in predominantly male sectors. Our commitment takes the form of inspirational talks by A2A Group role models as well as online videos available on the EDUTV platform.

Click on the links for more information about other A2A Role Model events:

INSPIRING GIRLS PROJECT – WITH MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS

We signed up to the Inspiring Girls project organized by the Valore D business association with the aim of helping young girls follow their inclinations free of gender-based stereotyping. The Inspiring Girls project is aimed at all middle school students and involves the analysis of real cases, also available to the children of Group employees.

#RISPETTIAMO PROJECT

With the #Rispettiamo (We respect) initiative, we want to build up a culture of respect in all company relations. The scheme was set up at AMSA in the sphere of the GEA project in order to raise awareness about the adoption of inclusive behaviour. The aim of this project is to spread a real culture of respect towards every kind of diversity.

In 2021, as part of the 4 weeks 4 inclusion initiative, we organized an event that focussed on the topics of respect, of how to foster an inclusive, stereotype-free environment. Click here to see the event.

NEW ENERGIES PROJECT

Making use of the working capacity of people with a disability also means ensuring the best possible introduction of resources into the working environment in various areas of the company. For this reason, we started the New Energies project, which aims to establish an effective disability management model that facilitates the involvement of people with a disability in company projects, embracing the logic developed in the sphere of the FASI (Formazione Accompagnamento Sensibilizzazione Inclusione – Training, Accompaniment, Awareness, Inclusion) project organized by AFOL.

ASSOCIATIONS

We contribute to change by collaborating with associations like Valore D (with support since 2018 for their female employment manifesto) and Wise Growth.

Our commitment to fostering inclusion and embracing diversity is also demonstrated in our signing of the “Patto Utilitalia - La Diversità fa la Differenza” (Utilialia Pact – Diversity Makes the Difference).

CERTIFICATION

We are proud of being officially included, for 2021, in the Bloomberg LP Gender Equality Index, as one of 380 globally ranked companies who have distinguished themselves in the promotion of gender equality policies.

GENDER PAY GAP

We very scrupulously comply with Italian legislation, which excludes every form of gender discrimination in pay levels and all other contractual conditions.

At the end of our 2020 salary review, we carried out thorough analysis of pay levels based on gender and have drawn up an action plan to further close the gender pay gap.

POLICY

Human rights policy: In addition to the Code of Ethics, all of our companies are committed to the promotion and support of the principles of human rights as set out by conventions to which we, as a Group, adhere.

Recruitment policy: we undertake, wherever possible, to ensure a gender balance among candidates for selection.

Statement of commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: for our Group, speaking about and investing in the issues of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion means harnessing the value of the uniqueness of people and generating a competitive advantage for the company.

It was from this commitment – and in order to promote an increasingly inclusive working environment, one which is free of stereotypes and which allows everyone to express their individuality – that came the Statement of commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, in line with our principles of the Ethical Code and with the Human Rights Policy