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Equal opportunities

IMA guarantees equal opportunities, protection and enhancement of the Company’s human resources; discrimination based on political or union allegiance, religion, race, nationality, age, gender, sexual orientation, health or other intimate personal details. IMA is attentive to the issue of equal opportunities, despite operating in a production and industrial environment that, by history and tradition, tends to employ much fewer women than men: women account for 18% of the total workforce; 94% of female staff works in white-collar positions, staff services and in the commercial areas. In terms of remuneration, the provisions laid down in national contracts and current legislation in force in the countries where the company operates are applied.

CapoD

IMA has joined the CapoD Network, a community of firms in the Bologna area which, in close cooperation with local public institutions, pursues the strategic objectives of equal opportunities, fight against discrimination and support for welfare and conciliation issues even in traditionally more complex sectors. CapoD focuses on the dissemination of good social responsibility practices also among small and medium-sized enterprises.

IMA’s workforce includes people in protected categories as required by current legislation: to this end, for example in Italy, the Company has entered into agreements with the relevant entities.
PROTECTED CATEGORIES OF EMPLOYEES20 (at 31 December)

PROTECTED CATEGORIES OF EMPLOYEES (in 2019)

  NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES % OF THE TOTAL
Total 2018 99  1,76%
Total 2019 178 2.89 %
Total 2020 185 3.03%

Dialogue with the Workers’ Representatives has led the Company to participate in various social projects for the territory in favour of disadvantaged people in the area and to create employment opportunities.

DIGIDOC S.R.L.: A START-UP FOR DIGITALIZATION

Founded in 2015 and 80% indirectly owned by IMA, DIGIDOC mainly provides document scanning services (invoices, shipping documents and other types of business documentation). As part of a project of inclusion and job placement, the company mainly uses hearing impaired staff, supported by LIS Certified Interpreters (experts in Italian Sign Language). DIGIDOC currently has 19 employees, split between the locations in Castenaso (Bologna, Italy) and Ozzano dell’Emilia (Bologna, Italy), with the support of 3 LIS interpreters.

Development of female professionalism

The “IMA – Mainstreaming Actions” training path, active since 2013, has continued with a view to highlighting within the Group the importance of equal opportunities and the professional development of women.
The issues addressed relate to the legislation on equal opportunities in its various aspects: from gender culture in organizations to ways of reconciling home-work time, from emotional management techniques to leadership.

Starting with an outline of European and domestic reference legislation, moving on to time management, assertiveness and understanding of the different contexts, the purpose of the training path is to identify and implement objectives and promote networking to ensure the positive professional development of women.
This training path has reached all Group employees, with classroom sessions, project work and individual coaching on such topics as equal opportunities, the culture of gender diversity in organisations, the ways of achieving work-life balance and techniques for leadership and the management of emotions.
The latest edition of the course was delivered to employees hired subsequent to the previous sessions, in order to offer them the same tools and approaches agreed with their female colleagues throughout the Group. A total of 159 women were involved this time.