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Consistent with the fundamental values of its Ethical Code and with its commitment for sustainable approach, Terna also participates in the civil growth and general welfare of the communities in which it operates. The goal is to return value to the community following the maintenance and development activity of the electricity grid present in the territory, at the same time strengthening a relationship based on trust with its stakeholders.

That is why Terna supports and promotes the implementation of initiatives that create positive effects on a social, environmental, humanitarian and cultural level.

For monitoring the effects of these initiatives, in 2010 Terna joined the London Benchmarking Group - LBG, an international group of companies active with regard to charity initiatives that also developed the classification and measuring standard, by the same name, of the initiatives in the community and the related input (donations in cash, in kind, in employee time) and output (benefits actually generated by the initiatives, both for recipients and for the company).

COSTS OF CORPORATE GIVING IN EURO (classified according to LBG guidelines)

By type of contribution 2018 2017 2016
In cash 1,707,603 1,625,685 867,167
In kind (the donation of assets) 1,700 28,031 43,140
Working hours 247,020 164,280 278,952

Support for environmental causes was not included in this table because normally it is associated with the construction of new lines and was therefore classified among environmental expenses.

Terna’s policy of corporate giving drives the choice of initiatives to support based on:

  • Alignment with business strategies
  • Top management direction
  • Budget availability
  • Assessment of the effects on recipients and returns for the company
  • Ability to verify the actual use of resources and measuring of the results obtained

  • Terna’s projects

    This section describes some of the major initiatives that Terna has deployed in line with its commitment to sustainability.

    Terna's program focusing on the young and innovation

    In partnership with the Cariplo Foundation and in collaboration with the Cariplo Factory, Terna has launched NEXT ENERGY, a programme that brings together young people and innovation.

    The initiative has the dual aim of facilitating open innovation, in connection with Terna’s growing need for innovation and the development of innovative projects, and increasing, again with regard to innovation within the context of the energy transition, opportunities for young, innovative entrepreneurs and talented new university graduates.

    The second edition of NEXT ENERGY came to a conclusion in May 2018, with the announcement of Bettery as the winning project. This is a start-up that has developed a liquid battery that can be recharged in a very short time and offers specific energy with voltages that are higher than the best storage systems on the market. The second edition extended the “Call for Talents” to new university graduates in economics, mathematics, physics and statistics and introduced the “Call for Growth”, aimed at finding mature start-ups ready to work with Terna.

    The third edition of NEXT ENERGY was launched in September 2018 and will come to an conclusion in May 2019.

    Terna's work experience scheme

    Facilitating young people's transition from school to work via a constructive exchange with the world of companies and with their knowledge networks is the objective of the Good School legislation (Law 107/15). Terna has taken this as inspiration for its work experience scheme, carried out in collaboration with the ELIS Consortium.

    The second edition of the scheme, which coincided with the 2017-2018 school year, involved 13 vocational training institutes (electrical engineering students) from all over Italy, with a total of more than 600 students.

  • Partnership in the third sector and support to nonprofit groups

    This section illustrates some of the projects that Terna manages in partnership with non-profit organizations, supporting environmental and social issues.

    With its partnership projects, the company shares objectives and implementation modalities with a Nonprofit organization (third sector) or with a Public Authority. Therefore, these projects aim at supporting environmental, social and solidarity initiatives, with activities that involve various different aspects in addition to financial support. finanziario.

    Operation Mato Grosso

    Work is continuing on the activities provided for in the agreement signed in November 2016 between Terna, the parish of Chacas and the non-governmental organisation, Operation Mato Grosso, to build a 16.5 km, 60 kV power line in Peru. This will safely connect the local Huallin hydroelectric power plant (3 MW), thereby significantly increasing the availability of electricity, for the benefit of local community development projects.

    During 2018, the working group comprising Terna technicians and volunteers from Operation Mato Grosso and the parish defined the route of the line and how it will be connected to the existing Pomabamba - Huari 60 kV line. The authorisation process, which Terna has helped to prepare by supporting the parish in drawing up of technical and design documents, will be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2019. Ahead of the construction phase, which will start in the second quarter of 2019 and will last approximately one year, a new agreement has been signed between Terna Plus - the Terna subsidiary responsible for Non-regulated Activities overseas - and the parish of Chacas regarding implementation of all the planned activities. The new agreement provides for the establishment of Terna Mato Grosso, a Peruvian newco which will be 99.9% owned by Terna Plus and 0.1% owned by Terna Chile, with the task of supervision, engineering and provision of goods and services for installation of the infrastructure, as well as substation components, including a Tamini transformer. The newco's staff will include people trained locally by Terna.

    Support to Non Profit Organizations consists in providing contributions for the implementation of projects or for pursuing a specific mission. These are generally cash contributions, however, the free-of charge transfer of corporate equipment no longer useful – yet still properly working - and the support provided in the form of work time dedicated by employees with volunteering activities is also provided.

    We World Intervita onlus project “Frequenza200”

    Presented at the 2012 edition of Sodalitas Social Innovation, this Intervita project proposes an Italian network, formed by teachers, children and families in the main italian cities, to address the problem of drop-outs.

    In Italy, the number of drop-outs is alarming: 17.6% of pupils between 10 and 16 years of age leave school, i.e., approximately 700,000 children or almost 2 out of every 10 pupils, leaving Italy at the bottom of the European ranking.

    Terna has supported the project since the end of 2012, first through "CreativInTerna", a photo and drawing contest reserved for Group employees and their children. This initiative has been linked to the 2013 and 2014 activities of “Campus”, Terna’s training center, and will continue in 2015 as well

    Our experiences

    The Lonato’s Roman kiln

    In early 2010, Terna consolidated its new campaign to disseminate the Code of Ethics with the "Vote your Value" (Vota il Tuo Valore) initiative.
    All of Terna's employees were asked to vote for one of the company's founding values as a way to orient solidarity initiatives.

    A total of 61.6% of the company's staff voted, thus making it possible to establish a strong bond between corporate giving and the values enshrined in the Code of Ethics by supporting projects that were consistent with the most voted values. These were Rule of Law/Honesty, Respect and Responsibility/Stewardship.

    The latter value inspired the project for the promotion of the Roman kiln in Lonato del Garda. Dating from the 2nd century BC, it was discovered within the compound of a Terna power station in Fornade dei Gorghi.

    The project started in March 2011 when Terna handed over the area to the Municipality of Lonato sul Garda on a free loan basis to set up a museum for local school tourism.
    The Municipality of Lonato, in collaboration with the Lombardy Archeological Heritage Superintendency and Terna, started works to recover and secure the site. These were financed with regional and EU funds and were completed in May 2014.

    Fornace di Lonato

    All architectural barriers have been eliminated and the site now has a new roof, new walls, a lighting system, a parking space, an educational itinerary featuring information panels with illustrations, a bookshop and a classroom for workshops during visits by schools.

    The Municipality has assigned the management of the site to “La Polada”, an association operating in the preservation of historical, archaeological and natural assets. It will open site from June to September offering guided tours by appointment to private citizens and visitors and, starting from September, to schools.

    The museum of the Roman kiln in Lonato is an excellent example of stewardship of a public asset, which from now on will be mad e accessible to schools and private citizens interested in archeology and history.


    Kami, the energy mission

    Kami is a mining district with particularly difficult living conditions located 4000 meters above sea level on the Bolivian Andes. Its inhabitants have a life expectancy of less than 40 years. The determination of two Terna’s, Giampiero Fantini and Adriano Selva (technicians of the OLG, Operative Line Group of Novara) who first worked in the Kami mission as volunteers on a personal basis, has come to involve the company.

    Uomini Terna costruiscono la linea con gli allievi boliviani

    Everything started thanks to an intuition by Father Serafino Chiesa, an Italian Salesian father living in Kami since 1985 - Bring electricity to Kami to favor its development, thanks to the restoration of the old hydroelectric plant in Chinata, abandoned since 1978.
    In addition to...Producing electricity in even greater quantities in order to sell it to neighboring areas and thus finance the sustainable development of the existing activities and the entire local community.

    Active in Kami is COOPI, one of the most well-established Italian Non Governmental Organizations to which first Giampiero Fantini, a Terna’s employee already a volunteer in Bolivia, then Adriano Selva collaborated, forming a partnership with the company.
    Thanks to word of mouth, the collaboration network has expanded to include volunteers and retirees of other companies of this sector who were in touch with Terna and who have contributed to the retrieval and shipment of materials.
    Container shipping costs (13 in all containing winches, a recovery unit, working decks, tensioning cars, ratchets and coils of rope for tensioning) were incurred by the Turin Onlus Noi per loro (Us for them). Farming materials were also recovered and shipped.

    Il gruppo di lavoro

    Terna supported its employees’ participation in the project by assigning approximately 1,200 hours of paid leave for their stay in Bolivia, through the use of its internal structures (in particular for the line’s planning and to organizationally “cover” the two technician’s business trips to Kami) and with contributions to COOPI supporting the cooperation project in Kami.
    In the Spring of 2011, the 37 km of power lines were ready for the test. At the end of 2010, Gianpiero Fantini and Adriano Selva verified the quality of the tensioning activities carried out by the local workers, trained by them during the previous missions, and confirmed their ability to work independently.
    Terna has turned this story into a communication project, portraying it as an approach to social responsibility through the collaboration with the University and enhancement of young people.
    The emerging photographer Daniele Tamagni and two students of the LUISS Writing School, Florinda Martucciello and Irene Salvadorini, followed the final phases of the works in order to illustrate the project.
    The result is a photographic book “Kami, the energy mission”, edited by Silvana Editoriale in a bilingual edition (Italian and Spanish) with an introduction by Roberto Cotroneo.