Associazione Lavoratori Intesa Sanpaolo - ALI is the cultural, recreational and sports association for Intesa Sanpaolo Group employees. Set up by the union agreement of February 7, 2013, it became active in January 2014 as the only association in the Group, bringing together the previous clubs and expanding its activity also to offer various services to individuals.
ALI, based in Florence, operates through a central structure and other 7 local Councils (Bologna, Florence, Milan, Naples, Padua, Rome and Turin). More local Groups and Sections operating in the area refer to each Council to preserve the capillarity of services.
It has more than 145,000 subscribers and, through a wide range of services, established itself as a new form of participated welfare.
The Association aims to:
setting up and searching for initiatives and services to support colleagues, retired staff and their families;
encouraging the socialising among colleagues through recreation and leisure and proposing affordable holidays;
supporting the dissemination of well-planned, lively and attractive cultural initiatives on an affordable basis;
promoting sports initiatives aimed especially at younger colleagues;
ensuring - through local Councils - the value of personal relationships with members and their voluntary involvement in activities;
promoting the initiatives through its website and a management system to facilitate administrative tasks.
In these years, the offer of ALI has expanded, to ensure the best solutions to support household spending, also through contribution and payment facilities. More than 247,000 are the subscriptions to national initiatives in the various areas of the association and over 1,100 the initiatives promoted within the local Councils, involving more than 64,000 people.
At the end of 2016, an agreement was reached with two social cooperatives (Coopselios and Cadiai) to implement Welcare family services and offers services at special rates from parental care to assistance for the elderly and persons who are no longer self-sufficient, with a view to achieving a better work/life balance, as well as the management of tax and social security aspects.
Families with children in full-time education can benefit from summer holiday initiatives; open to children and students from 4 to 25 years, camps organised by the association were attended by 1,800 children, while 2,700 families opted for other camps with a contribution paid by the Association. For families with children affected by disabilities, the contribution was doubled. Since 2016, 10 grants have also been provided for an inteculture programme to study abroad for a year/six months, as well as 10 grants for summer study programmes. An important new addition to the Association's initiatives is the chance to buy school textbooks at discounted prices, and also to receive a special contribution, with 3,100 children of association members benefiting.
As an additional form of support for household spending, the Association has recognized - among others - more than 23,000 contributions for sports and leisure courses and over 5,000 for medical check-ups for participants of competitive sports. Finally, contributions were paid for veterinary visits.
Concerning work life balance, agreements have been signed with partners providing home-based services (from laundry to ironing, from shoe repairs to home cleaning). A new sharing economy initiative has also been launched, with the creation of the "ALI Group" community on the TimeRepublik portal, allowing members to exchange their time and share skills and passions.
Support for culture was guaranteed by contributions and discounts for book purchase (51,000 vouchers available to members) and free access to LEA, the Laterza book streaming platform. In addition, over 180,000 discounted cinema tickets were made available as well as tickets for theater performances.
In September 2016, the second edition of "Push to open" took place. This programme was set up to help young people enter the world of work and involved over 330 young people in the last two years of high school. "Push to Open" is a programme comprising several stages based on direct contact and interaction with experts and people from the world of work, encouraging young people, promoting contact and offering useful information to help make their ideas and university and professional choices a little clearer.
In autumn 2016, the ALI IN FESTIVAL was held, the first of its kind dedicated to Intesa Sanpaolo staff and their families, with two days dedicated to knowledge. Over 800 members from throughout Italy met up in Florence for events, culture and shows. The festival was attended, among others, by Zygmut Bauman, who held a talk on "Finding happiness in a consumer society" and by Gianrico Carofiglio, who spoke of the power of language. The Fondazione Banco Farmaceutico Onlus (Non-Profit Pharmaceutical Bank Foundation) was present at the Festival; this foundation has set up a project in partnership with ALI and Intesa Sanpaolo to collect unused medicines which have not expired, to promote initiatives encouraging donations of medicines. The project – which already covers Milan and Turin – is in addition to the support offered by over 150 members who volunteered during the Medicine Collection day.