In Generali, we are fully committed to offer and keep safe and healthy working environments and to continuously protect physical and mental health of our employees.
We guarantee working conditions that respect individual dignity in healthy, safe and protected workplaces compliant with applicable health and safety regulations.
We clearly state our commitments on Organizational Health and Safety in our Code of Conduct, in the European Social Charter of Generali Group and reaffirmed them as a top priority especially in the context of the global pandemic emergency caused by the Corona Virus (see more here)
We provide special training and measures to foster employees' health and well-being in the following areas:
- Flexibility / Working-from-home arrangements, sustainable productivity and work-life balance, as stated in the Generali Next Normal principles and in most of the local Next Normal agreements
- Part-time working options
- Childcare facilities or contributions
- Breast-feeding/ lactation facilities or benefits
- Paid parental leave for the primary caregiver in excess of the minimum legal requirement
- The number of paid weeks varies depending on the country and its specific legal requirements, mostly between 18 to 29 weeks
- Paid parental leave for the non-primary caregiver in excess of the minimum legal requirement
- The number of paid weeks varies depending on the country and its specific legal requirements, mostly around 2 weeks
- Paid family or care leave beyond parental leave
- E.g. in Italy we provide further protection for family care needs, such as extra hours of paid leave for employees with disabilities, with children up to three years of age or with children with disabilities. Potential extension of leave for serious family reasons, such as death or serious illness of relatives; in Switzerland, we provide up to 98 days of paid leave to parents with severely ill child, 10 days per year for emergency situation with close relatives; etc.
At local level, depending on the country and its specific legal requirements, we have commitments on Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) which include the following elements:
- Generally applicable to the company’s entire operations/ employees as well as contractors or individuals under the company’s supervision
- Compliant with relevant OHS international standards and regulations, voluntary programs and collective agreements on OHS
- E.g. in Italy we apply the local Health and Safety relevant regulations and refer to the main principles stated in the International Labour Organisation (ILO) standards and International Standard ISO 45001
- Consultation with and participation of workers and workers’ representatives
- Commitment to continually improve the performance of the OHS management system
- Prioritization and action plans on OHS and establishment of quantitative targets for improving OHS performance metrics
- Implementation of the OHS commitment is endorsed by either the Board of Directors (e.g., Italy and France) or the Executive management (e.g., Germany, Spain, Austria)
We have an OHS management system in place at local level which covers the following elements:
- OHS risk and hazard assessments to identify what could cause harm in the workplace; we seek to do prevention via training courses and workshops, surveys, flexibility of working hours, etc.
- Prioritization and integration of action plans with quantified targets to address those risks
- Integration of actions to prepare for and respond to emergency situations
- Evaluation of progress in reducing/ preventing health issues/ risks against targets
- Internal inspections
- Independent external verification of health, safety and well-being, e.g.
- E.g. Italy, with the support of external HS auditors, periodically verifies the HS Management system in compliance with local Health and Safety relevant regulations and main principles stated in the International Standard ISO 45001; in Switzerland we are compliant with “Friendly Work Space” criteria for workplace Health management; etc.
- Procedures to investigate work-related injuries, ill health, diseases and incidents
- OHS training provided to employees to raise awareness and reduce operational health & safety incidents
- OHS criteria introduced in procurement and contractual requirements
We ensure effective governance of health risks/ issues:
- A designated representative of the company’s top management is accountable and oversees the implementation of OHS
- OHS targets are embedded in performance appraisal and remuneration of management
- Discussion of health issues/ risks' documentation between human resources and managers' business units on a regular basis
- Board of directors receives updates on OHS on at least a quarterly basis
Considering that OHS is a very local-specific matter that needs to follow local regulations, all the information reported above is a Group summary view valid for the majority of the following countries: Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Spain and Switzerland (covering 85% in terms of total gross written premiums in 2021).