Leonardo carries out its Corporate Social Responsibility by contributing to the growth and wellbeing of the communities in the Countries of operation, going beyond mere economic support, thanks to its industrial presence, and delving into the social scenario by its endeavor to create initiatives that generate value shared between all its internal and external stakeholders.
Leonardo means creating a new reference model of shared economy. This constitutes a new way of doing business that makes it possible to implement a system in territorial contexts and grow in both a responsible and sustainable manner.
This translates into the creation social responsibility projects of large-scale that are able to generate significant impacts on people and communities by involving all parties that, in different ways, have the capability to create benefits for the collectivity.
Leonardo promotes and coordinates projects of solidarity towards local communities, of support for education and development for new generations, of valorization of cultural heritage (also industrial) and of environmental protection and education.
The social commitment of Leonardo also translates into internal valorisation and promotion of volunteer initiatives by employees: an asset of humanity that contributes to strengthening the sense of belonging of our people to the Company; which in turn, also fosters relations between Leonardo and the communities.
All projects rest upon common social and ethical values of Leonardo, which are at the base of responsible behavior in dealing with all the stakeholders.
Leonardo has always paid attention to the cultural debate that over time has characterised the evolution of Italian society. By tradition, due to the significance of its activities, for attention to technological and social revolution, Leonardo has in this sense endeavoured to provide its own concrete and distinctive contribution.
The Leonardo's Museums, for instance, outstanding witnesses of the business and industrial memory of our country, constitute an instrument for continual dialogue between enterprise and national scenario.
In 2014, Leonardo contributed to the opening of the permanent exhibition ”Space” at the National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci in Milan, where visitors can admire, among other things, models of the ExoMars Drill System that will drill the Martian soil in the ExoMars mission and of the Lighting Image sensor for forecasting monitoring of climate change in the atmosphere; two video installations “Love Planet Earth” and “A Day Without Satellites”, and a mock-up of one of the “COSMO-SkyMed” constellation’s satellites for Earth Observation.
Leonardo is also present in the Museum’s Helicopter Area, where visitors can experience a real helicopter flight thanks to an AW109 flight simulator. The area also hosts an AW609 Tiltorotor mock-up and an actualAW106 of the Italian Finance Police.
In conjunction with the Expo Milan 2015, the Fondazione Museo Agusta di Cascina Costa di Samarate (Va, Italy), has taken part in “Scienza in giro” (Science on the go), project promoted by the Italian National Museum for Science and Technology “Leonardo da Vinci” to round up all of the various museum realities of the region of Lombardy and bring together families, experts and enthusiasts.
Leonardo is main sponsor of the Museo del Novecento, a gallery that exposes works of art from the XX century, founded to enhance the artistic and cultural heritage of the Lombard capital.
In addition, it is also part of two important Foundations: Fondazione Ansaldo, founded by Leonardo Spa, which mainly deals with activities linked to scientific research, training, cultural and historical activities and Fondazione R&I (Ricerca e Imprenditorialità – Business Reseach) founded in 2010 to foster the growth of new businesses characterized by high technological content and to establish a stable bond between research, innovation and industry.
Leonardo believes that economic development must be combined with environmental and social sustainability, having as objective the satisfaction of social needs of stakeholders. Having a positive relationship and constant over time, with these stakeholders, it helps to generate consensus, enhance confidence, to streamline decision-making processes, to reduce conflicts and improve the reputation.
In this view, Leonardo has grouped the parties involved in the activities that are part of the “community” category (the social stakeholders), holding the first structured stakeholder engagement in 2014 for the non-profit parties that have consolidated a relationship with the Company in recent years. The associations that are part of the engagement profile are those that contribute to the Responsible Canteens Programme and those that offer volunteer work to Group employees.
The engagement served as a platform for a bilateral exchange with the corporate stakeholders and was carried out by sending two different questionnaires to the 34 Associations involved. The goal was to gather comments and suggestions for a better and more constructive collaboration, while also harnessing more information on the activities performed by each party involved. The answers received were processed and revealed a medium-high level of satisfaction (about 70%) with the Responsible Canteens Programme, a desire to establish stronger relations with the Company and its workers and greater attention and valorization of the charity work performed.
The associations that answered the questionnaires had then been invited to participate in the first round table between Leonardo and the social stakeholders held in June 2015: an opportunity to deepen mutual understanding and to collect the suggestions of the associations to improve the relationship with Leonardo.