Determination

Italian multination utility company Enel has joined the Valuable 500 initiative.

The initiative is calling for the participation of 500 private companies to unlock the business, social and economic value of people living with disabilities.

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Maria Patrizia Grieco, Enel Chairman, said: “The integration of people with disabilities in Board agendas, alongside business actions, is a fundamental prerequisite for companies that want to be truly inclusive. This is one of the key principles of ‘Valuable 500’ and it is perfectly in line with Enel’s global policy on diversity and inclusion.

“Based on non-discrimination, equal opportunities and equal dignity of diversity of all kinds, as well as work-life balance, Enel’s global diversity and inclusion policy was launched in 2015 and since then has been implemented through specific actions, including those on disability, aimed at valuing diversity throughout the organisation.

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“Looking ahead, we commit to further strengthen the integration of disability and overall diversity issues in the work of our Board of Directors, with the aim to maximise the social and economic value that can be generated by this enhanced attention.”

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Francesco Starace, CEO of Enel, said: “Disability is one of the priority areas in Enel’s approach to diversity together with gender, age, nationality and the promotion of a culture of inclusion. We are participating in the ambitious ‘Valuable 500’ initiative with the aim to free up the enormous potential that can be generated through the inclusion of 1.3 billion people living with disabilities around the globe, in line with Enel’s view that sustainability equals value.”

Enel has plans to expand its actions regarding digital accessibility, autonomy, mobility and development of people with disabilities.

Measures set to be implemented by Enel as part of a strategy to serve people with disabilities include expanding the Pedius App for deaf people in all the countries where it operates through 2022.

In 2018, Enel was the first energy utility to introduce Pedius for employees and customers in Italy and, in 2019, for customers in Peru and, through its Spanish subsidiary Endesa, also in Spain.

The App aims to facilitate communication by using “speech to text” recognition and synthesis that converts a text message into an artificial voice and, likewise, the voice into a text message. The App also allows deaf Enel staff to contact their IT helpdesk and to participate in Skype meetings through the generation of subtitles.