Being Enel's first female Chairman is both something of significant value for the Group and an opportunity for the world of work, said Patrizia Grieco in a recent interview with the Financial Times. Grieco underlined the need for a fresh start that is based on key factors such as training, innovation and diversity.
'Change is necessary, both for our children and for generations to come,' she said. 'Women need to be the drivers of this change, because they represent a break from the status quo.'
The selection of staff is based on merit, a democratic principle that encourages growth and the development of human resources, and both the role of women in business and diversity (not only regarding gender) are key assets for any company. Proof of Enel's commitment to these two issues lies in the key role that women have assumed as a result of the Group's reorganisation, in addition to a recent diversity project launched by the business that places particular attention on women.
For Grieco, diversity is 'the key to creating a new way of looking at things, one that is capable of bringing innovative ideas and processes to the table. This is particularly important for an industrial organisation like Enel, which needs to have a strong focus on innovation and expertise'.
In order to develop innovative processes, businesses need to invest in their human resources through continuous training, beginning with education, and that's the reason behind the high school sandwich course project launched by Enel and MIUR.
Collaboration between businesses, the government, research institutions and people is now crucial, explained Grieco, 'for the creation of new business models, to facilitate the transfer of research technology and to support new businesses through the development of a system that is capable of encouraging ongoing innovation'.