Jill Morris CMG

Jill Morris CMG

Accolgo con grande piacere l’iniziativa promossa dalla Camera di Commercio Britannica per l’Italia e da UPS, ‘Diversity is Key’. Il Foreign Office britannico tutela e promuove la cultura della diversità e io sono orgogliosa di far parte di un corpo diplomatico formato da persone di ogni genere, età, etnia, religione ed orientamento sessuale. Attualmente il personale del Foreign Office è al 43.2% femminile e da marzo 2016 abbiamo 50 ambasciatori donne in tutto il mondo, di cui tre solo a Roma. Maggiore diversità all’interno della forza lavoro costituisce una ricchezza per ogni organizzazione e ci permette, nel nostro caso, di rappresentare al meglio il nostro paese, in tutte le sue sfumature”, ha dichiarato Jill Morris.

Jill Morris CMG
Ambasciatore del Regno Unito in Italia

Caroline Dinenage MP

Caroline Dinenage MP

I’m delighted to be able to give my support for the ‘Diversity is Key’ events being launched today by the British Chamber of Commerce for Italy. This is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the great work of businesses who recognise the importance and benefits of investing in diversity.

In the UK we have learnt a great deal through bringing businesses together to share their experiences and insights. Through initiatives like the Women’s Business Council we have been able to develop real-world policy solutions developed by businesses, for businesses. Barclays Bank, for example, have undertaken a pioneering programme of ‘returnships’ and apprenticeships which are targeted specifically at older workers, helping women who may have left work to have children to start a new career.

We have also been working with employers to help them understand what their gender pay gap is and how they can help women to progress at work and retain their talented female workforce. From next year all large employers will have to publish their gender pay gap on their website.

We would love to learn more about what other countries are doing in this area and to share best practice.

Caroline Dinenage
Parliamentary Undersecretary of State for Women, Equalities And Early Years

On. Ivan Scalfarotto

On. Ivan Scalfarotto

Le tematiche della diversità e dell’inclusione sono fondative della contemporaneità. 

In un mondo del lavoro globale e interconnesso, il confronto e la gestione delle differenze sono un vantaggio competitivo che ogni impresa dovrebbe porre come base della propria crescita e del proprio sviluppo. 

On. Ivan Scalfarotto
Sottosegretario di Stato
Ministero dello Sviluppo Economico

Fátima Ribeiro

Fátima Ribeiro

Diversity, equal treatment and equality between women and men  are core values of the European Union. Our societies are increasingly diverse and this contributes positively to the richness of our continent. Furthermore, the case for diversity comes to light when we look to the future. The Europe’s population is ageing and so our work force – staff and managers. Achieving gender equality in the labour market and closing the gender gap in employment are also key objectives. We can only meet the challenges this poses by mobilizing and tapping into all available talent pools. Evidence shows that putting people first regardless of their gender, race, age, religion, sexual preferences or physical disability results in an advantage in terms of competitiveness in the market. It  includes gains in productivity, performance and innovation, attracting customers and securing contracts. Companies recognising diversity as a business strategy are more successful in attracting and retaining talented people. The European Commission is promoting the business case for diversity in the work place and the exchange of best practices from companies through an EU Platform of Diversity Charters representing more than 8000 companies in Europe. The project “Diversity is key” of the British Chamber of Commerce for Italy is a good initiative that we encourage.

Fátima Ribeiro

Policy Officer
European Commission
DG Justice and Consumers
D2 Gender Equality

Letizia Radoni

Letizia Radoni

La Banca d’Italia è impegnata a valorizzare le diversità presenti al suo interno, con l’obiettivo di  utilizzare le potenzialità e accrescere il benessere delle proprie risorse umane.

Da tempo sono state attuate e programmate azioni, sia sul piano strutturale che su quello culturale, per rimuovere i vincoli alla piena espressione delle caratteristiche professionali e favorire la inclusione dei singoli; tale è l’importanza di questi temi, che per il triennio 2014-2016 l’obiettivo della valorizzazione delle diversità è stato inserito nel Piano strategico della Banca.

Le diversità di cui attualmente ci stiamo occupando sono di genere, di generazioni, quelle affettive, quelle professionali e le diverse abilità;  ma queste non esauriscono il novero degli ambiti che possiamo e vogliamo considerare,  nell’intento di apprezzare ogni connotato personale o collettivo.

Letizia Radoni

Banca d’Italia – Capo Dipartimento Circolazione Monetaria

Iulia Nartea

Iulia Nartea

Per un’azienda come UPS che conta 444mila dipendenti provenienti da diverse parti del mondo la corretta gestione delle diversità e dell’integrazione è un elemento chiave per il successo del business”, ha commentato Iulia Nartea, Country Manager UPS Italia. “Il processo di sviluppo e gestione di una forza lavoro diversificata inizia dal reclutamento dei talenti, indipendentemente dalla loro razza, nazionalità, sesso, genere, orientamento sessuale, età, disabilità o religione, e prosegue con la formazione di tutti i nostri dipendenti sul tema della diversità e dell’inclusione.

Iulia Nartea
Country Manager Italia UPS

Tim Flear MVO

Tim Flear MVO

Diversity makes business sense.

Christine Legarde, Managing Director of the IMF, noted a few years ago that if Lehman Brothers had been Lehman Sisters, the economic crisis clearly would have looked quite different. While the comment may have been intended as a joke, there is growing evidence of a link between diversity at senior levels of an organisation and how an organisation behaves and performs.

A report from McKinsey in January 2015 entitled “Why Diversity Matters” makes the case for diversity by showing a clear correlation between the level of diversity at senior levels and company profits. They found a clear link between company performance and both gender and ethnic diversity in leadership positions. Companies with gender-diverse leadership were 15% more likely to make profits above the national industry average while companies with significant ethnic diversity in leadership were 35% more likely to make higher profits.

Interestingly, the McKinsey report also concluded that companies start doing better once women constitute 22% of the executive team. The upper reaches of many UK and, I suspect, Italian private and public sector organisations consist of male senior managers with similar backgrounds, education and cultural references. It is easy to see how this homogeneity leads to group-think which in turn means that bad proposals are agreed without challenge.

But tackling diversity is of course not just about gender. McKinsey also suggested that other kinds of diversity – for example, in age, sexual orientation, and experience (such as a global mind-set and cultural fluency) – are also likely to bring some level of competitive advantage for companies that can attract and retain such diverse talent.

The arguments for promoting diversity are compelling. When companies and organisations commit themselves to diverse leadership, they are more successful. 

Tim Flear MVO

Consul-General Milan & Director Italy, UK Department for International Trade

Donatella Cungi

Donatella Cungi

I’m proud of being a part of such an ambitious project that will allow us to share insight and best practice models of inclusion and thereby empowering managers to unleash new resources for growth.

Avv. Donatella Cungi
Partner – Toffoletto De Luca Tamajo e Soci
Councillor – The British Chamber of Commerce for Italy

Aaron Pugliesi

Aaron Pugliesi

A company without diversity is like a toolkit where every tool is identical.

Aaron Pugliesi
Secretary General – The British Chamber of Commerce for Italy
Co-Founder & Managing Director  – “Easy Milano” B Easy srl