Factors relating to ‘S’ are among the most pressing issues for companies globally, and something that investors increasingly ask about. Everybody talks about it, but few know what to actually do, and even less so how to measure it. In Italy, data tells us that initiatives around DI&E (Diversity, Inclusion & Engagement) are rapidly growing in number and impact. Largely thanks to HR. This is great. But this needs to be demonstrated by true leaders throughout the company and a strategic change of culture in order to confront the underlying causes. People are starting to realise this isn’t something you can turn away from or ignore. And it’s not just the business that benefits from a better workplace culture. It’s what the world needs most right now: happy people who leave work and inspire their family, their community. Companies need to rethink their approach and redesign their roadmap. They would serve as great examples and go a long way just by having leaders who really walk the walk and by developing KPIs that capture the rewards from a sound ecosystem between society and company. What if Italian companies could leapfrog into a caring lifework “model” that would impress even the Nordic countries? What can we humbly learn from each other? What can we rediscover? And co-create?
Afuture is a partner of the initiative Be Smart Be Equal promoted and led by the Nordic Council of Ministers. Our goal is for companies from Italy and the Nordic countries to learn from each other’s best practices and lessons learned, and together elevate and co-create ways to design and live a culture that is good for its people and therefore for business. With courageous and innovative leaders and a value-driven moderator, with experience from board positions in important Italian companies (Laura Cavatorta), Afuture developed two highly rated seminars. It was a dynamic and transparent dialogue full of sharing and discussion, rarely seen in Italy, including insights and results from our survey designed to identify the costly and risk filled perception gap – between what a company says they do vs how it plays out, to evaluate the impact of DI&E initiatives.
Afuture developed the webinars together with the Embassies from Denmark, Norway and Sweden, with the support from EWMD (European Women’s Management Development) and the patronage from ASviS. Elena Bonetti, Italy’s minister for Equal Opportunities and the Family, participated in the second webinar.