Human rights

The subject of human rights is particularly significant only for companies that have offices or operations in countries where such fundamental rights are not respected.

The Terna Group operates in Italy, where the legal framework and the level of civil development are strong guarantees of the respect of human rights, freedom of association, and collective bargaining, thus making it superfluous for a company to dedicate particular diligence to these matters through the establishment of dedicated management policies. 

Compliance with the law and the Code of Ethicsi – which also is implicitly cited through the reference to Terna’s governance in the memorandum of understanding for the Company’s acquisition of its equity interest in the TSO of Montenegro ensure that there are no incidents regarding discriminatory practices or the use of child or forced labour.

The only other country in which Terna did business through its subsidiaries was Brazil, until November 2009. The laws of that country guarantee observance of the main principles and conventions of the United Nations and the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

Finally, it should be noted that:

  • neither in Italy nor in Brazil have any incidents of discrimination or violation of the human rights of indigenous peoples been recorded;
  • given the specialised nature of the activities and the direct supervision of the worksites, child labour was not considered a specific risk to be monitored even for outsourced activities.

In 2006 Terna adopted the principles of the Global Compact and incorporated them in its Code of Ethics. This commitment was made even firmer in December 2009 by the formal decision of the Board of Directors to join the Global Compact.

The current inexistence of the problem being understood, managerial responsibility for human rights is generally within the sphere of the Human Resource and Organisation Department, while – considering that many aspects regarding human rights are drawn referred to in the Code of Ethics – the Audit Department is entrusted with ensuring that the rules are correctly applied. Finally, the Corporate Social Responsibility Unit tracks changes in external references (for example, international conventions), with an eye to, among other things, Terna’s possible future involvement in other countries.