Conscious of the value of our activities in Italy and abroad, we promote a style of growth that focuses on financial and capital soundness and on the long-term sustainability of results. We aim to establish a trust-based process that stems from customer and shareholder satisfaction, from our employees’ sense of belonging and from listening to the needs of communities and local areas.
Our growth strategy aims at creating solid and sustainable values from economic and financial, social and environmental standpoints, built on the trust of all our stakeholders and based on our values.
(from the Code of Ethics @)
Integrity, excellence, transparency, respect for specific qualities, equality, values of the individual and responsibility in the use of resources: these are the values, stated in the Code of Ethics, on which the Intesa Sanpaolo Group bases its banking methods and its relations with stakeholders.
The Group is also committed to complying with sustainable development principles and has adopted important international initiatives that promote dialogue between companies, international organisations and civil society and pursue respect for the environment and human rights.
Corporate Social Responsibility in corporate activities
In its implementation methods, the Code of Ethics sets out the management model which is centred around the concept of direct responsibility: every company function is called upon to guarantee its commitment to ensuring that business activities remain consistent with the values stated and that the improvement objectives expressed in the Sustainability Report are gradually achieved.
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) provides support to Top Management in defining sustainability strategies and policies designed to generate value for stakeholders. Through the Chief Governance Officer, CSR reports to the Managing Director and CEO, the Chairman of the Management Board and the Chairman of the Supervisory Board.
The CSR Delegates network is made up of more than 70 employees working in the various entities in Italy and abroad, who cooperate with the CSR Unit to manage the relations with the reference stakeholders, implement projects and define the improvement objectives, manage non-compliance with the Code of Ethics, and monitor and report the activities undertaken.
CSR in corporate governance
The values and principles of the Code of Ethics are referred to in the Code of Conduct. In addition, the CSR Unit takes action to ensure that the social responsibility criteria become a characteristic element of the entire regulatory framework and that specific policies are issued when business activities could have a significant impact on society and the environment.
The Bank’s governance bodies are periodically informed by the Corporate Social Responsibility Unit on significant issue and their integration into business activities (see Chapter “Control of social and environmental risks in the governance processes” @).
Dialogue with stakeholders
For the Intesa Sanpaolo Group, the stakeholder engagement is a key listening and dialogue activity in order to understand the stakeholder level of satisfaction in relation to the work carried out by the Bank. Structured dialogue is arranged every year, using different engagement approaches: multi-stakeholder forums, focus groups and online questionnaires for employees and the Trade Unions, interviews with shareholders, customers and Non-Government Organisations, customer satisfaction surveys and surveys with suppliers. Stakeholder expectations, within the corporate business strategies, allow Intesa Sanpaolo to identify the improvement objectives.
Monitoring of the effectiveness of the Bank’s social responsibility commitment is conducted through two integrating processes: on the one hand, that originating from dialogue with the most significant stakeholders, leads to the definition of improvement objectives followed by monitoring through KPIs of the implementation status of commitments and, lastly, by reporting in the Sustainability Report; on the other hand, using ISO 26000 Guidelines as a basis, that leading to assessment of the level of integration of Code of Ethics values into the business activities, through a self-assessment performed by the structures, followed by an independent third-party verification where the self-assessment brings to light potential aspects of reputational risk.