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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)

Values in Euro 2017 2016 2015
Money contribution 1,625,685 867,167 873,124
Contributions in kind (free supply of company equipment) 28,031 43,140 9,471
Working time (especially volunteer work during working hours) 164,280 278,952 75,125

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 initiative regarding youth employment and entrepreneurship

In partnership with the Cariplo Foundation, Terna has created NEXT ENERGY, an initiative designed to nurture young talents and support the expansion of innovative projects in areas relating to development of the electricity system.

In its first edition (2016-2017), this initiative, which is highly geared towards innovation, developed along two separate paths, the first for young engineering graduates preferably with an electrical specialisation (the "Call for Talents"), and the second for a team of young researchers or new start-ups with a business idea to be developed (the "Call for Ideas"). New graduates were offered six-month paid internships (October 2016-March 2017) within departments at Terna with responsibility for innovation, while via its technical partner PoliHub (the Polytechnic University of Milan's start-up acceleration unit), the Cariplo Foundation managed the 10 selected teams' incubation and acceleration experience, also for a six-month period.

In April 2017, at the end of the acceleration phase, the Jury assessed the teams' progress and awarded the best three a voucher to spend on additional services, worth €50,000, €30,000 and €20,000, respectively. These teams, which have been joined by an additional team, are collaborating with Terna and Terna Plus on the development of a prototype of their products. In September 2017, the second edition of NEXT ENERGY was launched. The main changes include assignment of responsibility for the "Call for Ideas" initiative to the Cariplo Factory, the Cariplo Foundation’s new initiative for open innovation projects, using a network of incubators and accelerators, and the introduction of a third call (the "Call for Growth"), reserved for more mature start-ups with a customer base. This call is aimed at identifying up to a maximum of five start-ups that are ready to collaborate with Terna.

The second edition of NEXT ENERGY entered its operational phase in January 2018, and will end by May, with the award ceremony for the best young start-up selected by the "Call for Ideas", which will receive a voucher worth €50,000 to spend on additional acceleration services.

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 first edition of the scheme, which coincided with the 2016-2017 school year, involved 12 vocational training institutes (electrical engineering students) from all over Italy, with a total of more than 240 students who attended a “Supplementary Course on the Electricity System and Green Jobs”, a 50-hour training course co-designed by Terna trainers and experts, to enhance professional and behavioural skills (soft skills). The scheme’s second module, held during the holiday period, was a two-week summer camp (88 hours) that was attended by a selection of students from each school.

The initiative is being repeated in the 2017-2018 school year and has attracted an even greater number of schools and students. This second edition involves involving 13 vocational training institutes around the country and approximately 600 fourth- and fifth-year students. The new version of the project has been enriched with the organisation of meetings at schools, with the aim of presenting the Company to the school as a whole and students’ families.

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.

Terna with Legambiente, WWF and Greenpeace for the environmental sustainability of the NTG

Terna’s commitment to increasingly improving the environmental sustainability of the National Transmission Grid starting with its Development Plan has been strengthened with the signing of the new memorandum of understandings with Legambiente, WWF and Greenpeace.

Terna and the environmental associations collaborate fully: at the strategic level when drafting the National Electricity Grid Development Plan, at a structural level in preparing the Strategic Environmental Assessment and at an implementation level when consulting with the community to identify the most compatible location choices.

More specifically, when drafting the Terna Development Plan, Legambiente, WWF and Greenpeace will contribute to the assessment of future energy scenarios in relation to national and European environmental targets for the energy scenario in 2030 and 2050, in Italy and Europe, in line with the agreements signed in Paris in December 2015 (COP21).

Within the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), the expected contribution concerns analysing the socio-environmental context of areas affected by the interventions provided for in the Development Plan and identifying the environmental corridors related to the works to be carried out.

Lastly, in regards to the design of the works and dialogue with the community, the organisations cooperate in identifying the route feasibility bands for the sections of the electricity lines and the environmental content for consultation with local authorities, so as to minimise interference with priority natural areas, and mitigate the impact arising from development work disrupting or bordering on priority natural areas and implementing environmental rehabilitation measures.

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.