Governance & management
The Board of Directors of the Parent Company is the body responsible for setting the Group's goals and commitments for sustainability, in addition to assessing risks, opportunities and areas for improvement. It is supported by the Corporate Governance Social and Environmental Sustainability Committee which performs a consultative, recommendatory and preparatory role for the Board of Directors regarding the corporate governance and social and environmental sustainability decisions for which it is responsible. It consists of non-executive directors, most of whom are non-independent directors.
The Group CEO is responsible for the implementation at Group level of the sustainability strategies and policies identified by the Board of Directors. At Group Head Office level, specific functions, committees and working groups have also been set up to ensure we systematically take into account social and environmental aspects related to business activities, as well as economic ones.
Top management committee, sponsored by the Group CEO, and chaired by the Group Chief Investment Officer. Its members are the top managers of Group Head Office functions and of some of the countries. Its main goals include steering the Group towards the full integration of sustainability into the core business, foreseeing the risks and opportunities of ESG factors, ensuring a coordinated approach between Group Head Office functions and Business Units, and monitoring progress and results achieved.
Function reporting to the Group Communications and Public Affairs Director, responsible for defining, implementing and reporting on the Group’s social responsibility model through the dialogue with Group Head Office functions and involvement of sustainability managers in the countries where the Group operates.
In order to achieve greater integration of sustainability with the core business, cross-functional committees and working groups focus on specific issues:
A cross-functional body that assesses issuers on the basis of the Group’s environmental, social and governance criteria, and supports the Group Chief Investment Officer’s decisions regarding potential exclusions from the Group’s investments.
A committee which reviews initiatives and results achieved to improve the Group’s environmental performance, as envisioned also by ISO:14001.
A working group involving the Group Sustainability and Social Responsibility function, the Group Investments, Assets and Wealth Management function and the Group Life & Health Insurance and Group P&C, Claims and Reinsurance functions, which coordinates sustainability activities of significance for the Group business.
A working group involving the Group Sustainability and Social Responsibility function, the Group Chief Financial Officer function and the Corporate Affairs function, which defines and implements a common reporting approach.
A network of sustainability managers at the local level. Moreover, in some countries Sustainability Committees have been formed to operate at local level to improve the implementation and the coordination of activities in the social and environmental fields.