Fincantieri against violence against women
For Fincantieri, the fight against gender-based violence is a daily battle that starts in the workplace and extends to raising awareness among all our colleagues. We aim to be true game-changers in promoting a culture of respect that begins today to build a better society. It is an ambitious goal that requires serious and ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).
To effectively drive this social and cultural change, it is necessary to implement concrete actions that not only protect the victims but also educate the entire community. This is why Fincantieri has launched the Respect For Future project, presented on November 23 at the Congress Center in Trieste in front of nearly 1000 Group employees, just days before the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Through this project, the Group commits to recognizing, preventing, and eliminating all forms of violence, promoting equality, mutual respect, individual freedom, and condemning all forms of oppression.
The event was attended by Fincantieri's President, Claudio Graziano; CEO Pierroberto Folgiero; Fincantieri Board Member Barbara Contini, a former high-ranking officer in various war zones and areas of social inequality; Minister for Family, Birth Rate, and Equal Opportunities, Eugenia Rocella; Elisa Ercoli, president of the Differenza Donna association and head of the national helpline number 1522 activated in 2006 by the Department for Equal Opportunities of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers; Professor Paolo Giulini, criminologist and head of the Zeus Protocol for the prevention and rehabilitation of abusers. These speakers alternated with readings by voice actor Teo Bellia and a demonstration by Gabrielle Fellus, the founder of the I Respect association and an expert in security, self-defense, and bullying prevention.
The fight against all forms of violence, whether physical, psychological, or economic, requires Fincantieri's commitment to listening, intervention, and building support networks. In many cases, it will be necessary to provide tools that enable women, in particular, to choose a life free from any form of oppression. Fincantieri places a strong emphasis on violence prevention, focusing its efforts on implementing activities that improve emotional management. The Group recognizes the importance of intervening promptly to prevent and interrupt the cycle of violence, with a dual objective: preventing potentially violent situations and offering support to victims within the company.
Respect For Future is an integral part of everyDEI, which reflects the company's active commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as the promotion of respect in the workplace. The objectives of this project include supporting people with disabilities, encouraging interaction among different generations, progressing towards gender equality, recognizing and valuing diversity, using more inclusive language, and fighting against stereotypes and prejudices.
Fincantieri is also among the companies in the sector that have joined Generiamo cultura, a project promoted by Federmeccanica, Assistal, Fim-Cisl, Fiom-Cgil, and Uilm aiming to combat gender-based violence and prevent harassment in the workplace. We would like to conclude this sustainability story with the words of our CEO, reminding us that companies, especially large groups like ours, are never detached entities from society. In addition to pursuing profit and fulfilling their specific productive activities, they must support society: "Companies are a social entity. We must continue to push for change until we find a solution to gender inequality."