Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2016

Letter to the stakeholders by Michele Cinaglia and Paolo Pandozy

Innovation and technology, understood as a tool to meet increasingly challenging objectives, are two variables which have arisen in the modern world. They are constantly and suddenly changing along that line on the horizon that we call the future.
Keeping pace with them means always raising the bar, replacing ambition with conquest, making what in reality is incalculable normal and quotidian.

Therefore, adopting the principles of sustainability for those which like Engineering have made innovation their business is a challenge within a challenge, an objective to be pursued with the awareness that this future that we are aiming for will make sense and will be on a human scale only if it is reached by following a responsible path of development.

The Corporate Social Responsibility Report therefore marks an occasion to describe the sustainability initiatives undertaken in the course of the year, as well as a moment for evaluating the impacts of our activities on the general public, with a view to transparency with respect to the most important topics within the Information Technology sector.

For Engineering, 2016 was a very positive year: the total revenues reached 934.6 million euros, with significant growth margins, also guaranteed by acquisitions of European companies completed during the year.
Following this development, Engineering confirmed its support of employment by hiring 866 people in Italy and 375 abroad, of which 200 recent graduates under 30 years old, reaching 8,842 direct employees and roughly 2,900 downstream resources for intellectual services at year-end.

The investment in human capital is confirmed as a strategic factor for the Group, which is committed to supporting and accelerating the process for the creation of new professions such as that of Data Scientist, in collaboration with Italian and foreign academic institutions.

Indeed, digital skills constitute a key factor in the management of the business model transformation process for the majority of our customers, and have driven Engineering to initiate a profound internal transformation  marked by the migration from Information Technology to Digital Transformation. The objective is to provide customers with 360-degree support, up to and including modifying their business models to interpret changes and respond to new challenges in the market.

Due to its natural inclination, but also in response to the demands of society, Engineering aims to link its business with the country’s long-term modernization, thus providing its contribution to laying the foundations for the society of the future.

In this context, for a few years now we have enhanced the section of this document that reports on a selection of our more than 700 business projects, to illustrate our impact in the most crucial areas of society (cities, the Public Administration and relationships with citizens, healthcare, finance, telco, energy, the business world) and in strategic areas such as the environment, cyber security and security intelligence.

Thus, this Report becomes a summary which illustrates and highlights the many initiatives carried out based on a format that identifies the main challenges for the country’s modernization, for which Engineering has taken responsibility.

Planning smart cities, providing substance to and disseminating the Internet of Things, managing Big Data and more generally supporting the development of the Digital Agenda: these are all essential objectives for our country, to which Engineering is making its own contribution.
This is an ambitious objective that becomes a shared challenge, in which Engineering is transformed into a strategic partner for private businesses which are called upon to compete in increasingly complex and sophisticated markets, and for the Public Administration, committed to a process of modernization that citizens are clamoring to see take place.

The paradigm of the future, understood as a point of reference which no one can disregard, is the categorical imperative around which Engineering has structured its business and, at an even more basic level, its working philosophy. This is the most noble of challenges, because it has to do with the well-being of people, and this is why it is met in compliance with the Company’s Code of Ethics and, more generally, in keeping with all of those principles of responsibility which make Engineering a point of reference in the market, and not only in Italy.

These are the principles of our identity and the rules of our commitment, gathered together within this 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Report, which thus becomes a sort of white paper, a guide of shared values which is not limited to an analysis of the past year, ut outlines the guidelines to be followed for our future conduct.