Set 44 objectives in three areas: social, environmental and governance
Promote a sustainable business model based on the 17 objectives of the United Nations, focusing in particular on three aspects: social, environmental and governance. This is the aim of the 2022-24 Sustainability Plan approved by Bcc Roma, which along the way envisages the achievement of at least 44 goalsalso in line with the recommendations of the parent company Iccrea.
All of this is part of a green action that the Bank has begun some time ago and which has already brought considerable results such as the reduction of paper consumption and the related CO2 emissions through the dissemination of graphometric signatures (73% of total customers), campaigns to activate home banking (67% of customers) and the relax app, the customer’s favorite channel with 86% of accesses in 2022, the dematerialisation of customer communications with subscriptions tripled since 2021, the use of recycled paper (98.2%) and energy from renewable sources (100%).
“Attention to the environment, mutualism and social inclusion have always been essential guidelines for the Bcc of Rome, which often favors unconventional forms of financing such as microcredit and others that guarantee even the weakest groups to have access to finance”, he said. said the president of Bcc Roma Maurizio Longhi, underlining his satisfaction with the new Sustainability Plan, “which I am sure will be able to bring added value inside and outside our large credit union”.
In the managed savings sector, the Bank has been promoting for several years Esg management lines, called ethics. In the total deposits of Bcc Roma Asset Management, over 8 out of 10 products (87%) are sustainable, i.e. in line with ESG objectives. As at 30 September, ethical Asset Management had reached 390.9 million and 8,700 contracts, equal to 62% of the lines managed directly by the Bank.
With the new Plan, Bcc Roma intends to expand the action of reduction of emissions, setting itself various objectives: to reduce the use of plastic through the project to install water dispensers in the Bank’s offices; increasingly reduce paper consumption through internal awareness campaigns and dissemination of digital systems; reduce air pollution by identifying sustainable mobility projects (e.g. carpooling).
From the point of view social, the objectives that Bcc Roma has set itself include the strengthening of the consultancy activity to favor the ecological transition and enhance the area through products, dedicated services and initiatives for customers, suppliers and the third sector. But also a growing commitment to enhance gender equality. Currently of the 1,464 employees, 43% are women and 46% of new hires in the last two years are female. In addition, work-life balance measures and training initiatives are being defined for all employees, aimed at increasing the well-being of the company population.
A concrete initiative is taking off in these days, in line with the social objectives of the Plan. It concerns the ‘Parents who are born, parents who grow up’ project, created in partnership with Lifeed, a company specializing in the management of projects relating to employee well-being. This is a new ‘pilot’ program on parenting, strongly backed by the Bank, which aims to acquire awareness of the skills developed during the care of one’s family and provide tools for transforming life experiences into skills that can also be used in the business working. Instead, the webinars held in collaboration with Lifeed are aimed at all Bcc Rome human resources: the first, on Thursday 24 November, entitled How to develop attention even when you’re short on time.