Telecom Italia: second meeting of the "Telecom Italia industrial relations school", the network started up a year ago by corporate and sector professionals from the world of business, the institutions and category associations

12/20/2011 - 06:00 PM

Participants in the event, entitled “Social investment and sustainable enterprise”, included Chiara Saraceno, Irene Tinagli, Alberto Bombassei, Giovanni Azzone, Joaquín Navarro-Valls and the Telecom Italia top management

The second conference of a series of initiatives in the “Industrial relations school” programme, organised by Telecom Italia, was held today in Rome.

The event, entitled “Social investment and sustainable enterprise”, is part of a series of conferences designed to provide a permanent venue for exchanging ideas and comparing experiences among representatives of the academic, institutional and corporate sector, in order to ensure that Telecom Italia is a reliable and recognised focal point in the topics of Industrial relations in the Italian system.

 

Speakers in today’s meeting were Chiara Saraceno – sociologist and research professor at the Wissenschaftszentrum für Sozialforschung in Berlin, Irene Tinagli – professor at the Carlos III University in Madrid, specialised in economic development, innovation and creativity, Alberto Bombassei - Vice President of Confindustria for industrial relations, social affairs and social security, and Chairman of Brembo S.p.A.,  Giovanni Azzone – Chancellor of the Milan Polytechnic, Joaquín Navarro-Valls – Chairman of the Telecom Italia Foundation, Franco Bernabè – Chairman of Telecom Italia and Antonio Migliardi – Head of Telecom Italia Human Resources.

The Telecom Italia Industrial relations school is an initiative that started in 2010 with the aim of creating a permanent venue where industrial relations experts from the world of business, the institutions and the category associations can meet, thus enhancing social dialogue.

The choices of the School are oriented by a technical committee formed by representatives of the academic world and the media, as well as members of the Telecom Italia top management. The School promotes training initiatives and workshops where corporate employees and managers, together with trade union representatives and industrial relations professionals, can exchange opinions and go into the major issues of employment, sector trends and the prospects of the domestic and international scenarios.

In order to further broaden dialogue and provide stimulus to the formation of a widespread awareness on these issues, the School has promoted a series of conferences.

Today’s meeting has focused on the economic changes under way in our country. These changes have a relevant impact on social phenomena, the economy, daily life, the future of the professions and technological innovation.

The aim of the second meeting of the Industrial Relations School is to provide an updated panorama of the elements affecting the labour market, examining topics such as the transition from school to employment, the raising of the professional age levels and the demand for permanent training.

The meeting focused on the topics of social investment as an inevitable choice for enterprises that want to come forward as, and gain a reputation for being ethically responsible protagonists in the production cycle.

The topic was discussed from several points of view:

  • The continuing updating of technical skills and reconversion policies;
  • The ageing of the corporate population and sustainability measures;
  • The professions of the future;
  • Innovation and research.

“The aim of these events is to enhance dialogue and provide suggestions useful for overhauling the model that governs the labour market”, stressed Telecom Italia Chairman Franco Bernabè. “The change in the rules underlying industrial relations“, added Bernabè, “is, in fact, a necessary step for an effective response to the changed socio-economic scenario. In particular, the reform of the labour market and social support measures will produce sustainable conditions if it also takes into account the growth requirements of the small and medium size enterprises and the need to rationalise the large enterprises; these are essential aspects for the competiveness and the relaunching of our country.”

Rome, 20 December 2011