Enel leads electric utilities on diversity and inclusion


Global financial data provider Refinitiv has named Enel as a world diversity and inclusion leader within the “Electric Utilities and Independent Power Producers” industry.

The Italian multinational utility is 17th in the top 100 of the Refinitiv Diversity and Inclusion Index.

The index assesses over 7,000 companies for their diversity and inclusion performance based on publicly available information gathered from companies’ institutional reporting and media coverage.

The Index praised Enel’s attention to gender diversity, workplace inclusion policies and human capital development.

Enel has been recognised for its actions aimed at promoting the presence of women in the Board of Directors and in management positions, as well as promoting the integration of employees with disabilities, enhancing employee’s skills training and bringing social benefits and work-life balance solutions across all of its employees.

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The Group adopted a Human Rights Policy in 2013, a specific policy to promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace in 2015, as well as a Global Workplace Harassment Policy in 2019.

The policies are helping the utility to align with the Women’s Empowerment Principles, backed by the UN Global Compact and UN Women, and are in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Enel joined the “Valuable 500” initiative, a global movement calling for the participation of 500 private companies aimed at unlocking the business, social and economic value of people living with disabilities across the world.

The energy company is in the process of extending to other countries the App Pedius for deaf people, initially launched in Italy and based on “speech to text” recognition and synthesis technology. 

The support of this app is key to deaf colleagues in the daily management of virtual meetings and coordination across 19 countries.

The app enables a deaf employee to coordinate all robotised activities, including drones, that are being used in the operation and maintenance of Enel’s renewable power plants through the “RoBoost programme”.

Francesco Starace, Enel CEO, said: “Diversity is a driver of business growth through the innovative ideas and approaches it inevitably generates.

“The diversity of backgrounds across our 30-country footprint is one of our most valuable and cherished assets. As a result, our presence within the Top 25 of Refinitiv Diversity and Inclusion Index, at the helm of the electric utilities industry group in 2020, demonstrates that the principles of equal opportunities and equal dignity, which are embedded in our daily operations worldwide, are key for the success of our sustainable business model. Our wealth of diversity continues to attract the increasing attention of investors willing to integrate diversity and inclusion into their investment decisions.”