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JAKALA’s holistic approach: Gioia Ferrario talks about both enviroment and employee well-being

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Published on November 21, 2023

JAKALA’s holistic approach:   Gioia Ferrario talks about both enviroment and employee well-being

JAKALA's New Driving Experience

On the occasion of the Italian National Tree Day, Gioia Ferrario, Group Chief HR Officer & Managing Director, sheds light on various sustainability initiatives undertaken by JAKALA in an interview with GEA Agency, a press agency focusing on ecological transition, environment, green initiatives and PNRR.

Apart from planting 3000 trees, mirroring the number of Jakalers, Ferrario introduces a particularly special project: the NEW DRIVER EXPERIENCE, seamlessly blending environmental consciousness with employee care. While commencing in Italy on November 21, this initiative aims to expand to all international offices, considering JAKALA’s presence in over 20 countries. 

JAKALA has set ambitious goals, striving to become a zero-emission company by 2028, eliminating combustion engine vehicles from its fleet by 2035. Ferrario explains, "It's our driver experience, which stems from a courageous decision" noting the company's bold decision to outpace European targets by seven years. Newly promoted and hired employees entitled to a company car will exclusively have full-electric vehicles on the car list. Transition to electric vehicles for others is planned at the expiration of lease contracts. The project encompasses electric charging stations at the offices, promoting safe and eco-friendly driving practices, and introducing an online platform indicating the most cost-effective fuel distributors.  

For those opting out of a company car, Ferrario states:

Those who waive their right can instead take advantage of additional welfare services, whose economic value increases year by year, to reward employees who stay in JAKALA and thus strengthen our workforce.

 

Ferrario emphasizes JAKALA’s focus on work-life balance, stating:

We have a very attentive approach, recognizing the type of value each person brings to the company.

 

Initiatives are tailored to individual needs, such as assisting employees who serve as caregivers. JAKALA supports them by finding solutions for home care or facilitating medical visits during their business trips abroad. Training is also extended to the families of employees, enabling children or grandchildren to participate in summer schools that might otherwise be financially inaccessible. 

Sustainability, for JAKALA, goes beyond environmental concerns: it encompasses social sustainability as well. Mental health is a top priority, with Ferrario noting:

Everywhere, but especially in a company like ours, activities are intense, so we offer employees the opportunity to take care of their mental health through psychological support activities.

 

This well-being is complemented by a hybrid working model, allowing employees to work partly from home and partly in the office, aligning with both personal and company needs. 

JAKALA’s HR manager stresses the importance of meticulous planning in various areas, including attention to gender equality and the theme of inclusion. Ferrario explains,:

Including people from protected categories in companies involves planning, but it's not the legal obligation that should push us in this direction, but rather an idea that makes inclusion a strength.

 

In conclusion, Ferrario asserts:

We respond to individual requests, promoting a culture of greater personal responsibility and respect for both the environment and health and safety.

 

JAKALA stands firm in its commitment to meeting environmental and social demands, fostering a culture of responsibility and respect among its employees. 

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