Inclusion and non-discrimination are the values characterizing projects and business tools put in place with a view to improving company performance, rewarding talent in women, and promoting work-life balance for all Intesa Sanpaolo employees. Ours is a conscious approach to the management of diversity within the organization whether it be cultural, ethnic, age or gender and different abilities.
In 2014, this commitment led to the signing of a protocol with the Trade Unions in favour of non-discrimination and equal opportunities policies, with a first agreement which acknowledges special paid leave for both civil and religious weddings, celebrated in Italy or abroad, even if not yet recognized by the Italian law, and provides for the common-law cohabitee the same treatment as a spouse in case of family members with disabilities.
Starting from constant, structured listening to employee needs, the diversity management issue is being carried out both through training initiatives aimed at developing inclusive leadership, that values differences, and through welfare policies with particular attention to the issue of balancing home life and working life of Intesa Sanpaolo employees, such as the regulatory framework provided by the national and Group collective bargaining offering solutions such as permits, leave, flexible working hours both morning and afternoon, part-time options, flexible working, etc..
Several projects have been developed on diversity and inclusion.
A three-evening's event "Risorgimento al femminile" (Women in Risorgimento) was inspired to the issue "women and employment" and was dedicated to the Group women Managers (about 60% has participated). A journey through art, history, business and also an important opportunity for internal and external networking. The event took place at the Gallerie d’Italia on the occasion of the exhibition dedicated to Francesco Hayez and was structured in two parts:
a guided tour to recall the women’s role in the Italian Risorgimento
the presentation of WorkHer project, web platform dedicated to women entrepreneurs, of which Intesa Sanpaolo is sponsor and partner.
In October 2016 workshops were held on "La Leadership della Differenza" (Leadership of Diversity), "collaborative workshops" on the theme of male and female. Participants, representative of the various Group companies, worked together to identify a systemic perspective of approaches, tools and actions to be taken for the future.
Intesa Sanpaolo is a supporting member of Valore D, the association set up by several major companies that have joined together with the aim of helping businesses formulate development strategies for female talents, supporting women on their way towards top management, increasing public discussion on the issue and promoting change. At intercompany level, Intesa Sanpaolo takes part in the different activities activated by the association and has an active role in the Welfare Committee and the Coordination and Monitoring Committee. The activities are focused on five areas: Mentorship, to support the growth of female managers through meetings with top managers from other companies; Skill Building, to develop the leadership skills starting from the recognition of gender specificity; Work Life Balance, to promote a model of work more and more innovative; Role Model, to develop management style through the analysis of successful and unsuccessful factors, choices and behaviours; Social Innovation, to promote a model of sustainable leadership that integrates male and female components, by harmonizing the characteristics of both genders. Within this area, in September 2016 "The Time of Women" Forum, focusing on "Company Happiness" was held in Milan: testimonials, training sessions and round tables involving some women Managers from our Group as speakers as well as the participation of any interested colleagues.
In partnership with Valore D two research programs were developed, to identify best practices and positive leadership models both nationally, among associated enterprises, both at European level, among companies from various sectors:
STORIE D VALORE - structured interviews (10/15 for each participating company) aimed at identifying individual attitudes and behaviours as well as context elements (role of the management, support of internal and external networks) that have encouraged and / or hindered the professional development, with the aim to better understand the critical points in managerial careers;
WOMEN MATTER 2016 - qualitative and quantitative analysis of policies and programs adopted by companies regarding Gender Diversity. The areas of investigation are: involvement of management, programs and development tools, policies and practices in HR management and welfare.
During 2017 the result of both researches will be published, which will be followed by possible actions for improvements.
Intesa Sanpaolo, supporting equality and female entrepreneurship, promotes various initiatives and sponsors major awards. In particular, it collaborates with the Marisa Bellisario Foundation, as part of "Women Value Company 2017 - Intesa Sanpaolo", to reward small and medium enterprises, particularly attentive to gender equality, which have implemented policies as well as practical and innovative strategies to ensure to men and women equal opportunities and career awards. Two companies will be awarded in June 2017 in Rome, as part of the XXIX edition of the Marisa Bellisario Prize "Women at high altitude". To the other selected companies, a further recognition will be given during a series of events sponsored by the Bank in the territory.
In Intesa Sanpaolo, women represent 54% of total company employees and in particular:
39% of management (middle management and executive management);