Human rights

The subject of human rights has particular significance only for companies that are based or have operations in countries where respect for such fundamental rights is not guaranteed.

The Ternai Group operates in Italy, where the legal framework and the level of civil development amply guarantee respect for human rights, freedom of associations, and collective bargaining, thus making it superfluous for a company to dedicate particular attention to these issues, with the implementation of special management policies.

The only other country in which Terna has operated – through subsidiaries and until November 2009 – is Brazil, where the law guarantees the observance of the main declarations and conventions of the United Nations and the International Labour Organization (ILO). It should also be noted that, according to the FTSE4GOOD Advisory Committee and the information contained on the ILO website, Brazil is not considered a country at ethical risk for human rights. Finally, with regard to Brazil it should be noted in addition that:

  • no incidents of discrimination or violations of the rights of indigenous peoples were ever recorded;
  • child labor was not considered a specific risk to monitor, not even – given the specialist nature of the tasks and the direct supervision of the construction sites – for outsourced work.

Since 2006, Terna has adopted and incorporated in its Code of Ethics the principles of the Global Compact, thus establishing a benchmark – an insuperable limit – for all the situations in which the Company might operate in the world. This commitment was further strengthened in December 2009, when the Board of Directors resolved to formally join the Global Compact. It being understood that the problem does not currently exist, the managerial responsibility for human rights is in principle within the sphere of the Human Resource and Organization Department, while – considering that many aspects regarding human rights are dealt with in Terna’s Code of Ethics – the Audit Department is entrusted with ensuring that the rules are correctly applied. Finally, the Corporate Social Responsibility Unit tracks changes in external references (e.g. international conventions), with an eye to, among things, possible Company activities in other countries in the future.