The challenge of Sustainability: Finmeccanica at the lectern
On Tuesday 12 October, the seminar “The Challenge of Sustainability”, organized by Finmeccanica, was held in the magnificent venue of the Pio XI lecture hall at the Università Cattolica di Milano.
The Chancellor of the University Lorenzo Ornaghi and the Mayor of Milan, Letizia Moratti, did the honours.
“Actions of social responsibility are investments that pay off in the mid-to-long-term. If we were pirates, we might not care, but we are a centuries-old company that intends to be going strong for quite some time.” With these words, the Chairman and CEO, Pier Francesco Guarguaglini, explained why developing business in a sustainable manner is important for a company that intends to be a long-term enterprise. “Why do we do all this? Because it is the right thing to do,” he went on, “and because it is worthwhile to us: only if those who invest in us are satisfied with their decision, will they continue to do so and thus guarantee that we continue to work and thrive”.
The seminar, organized by Finmeccanica in collaboration with the Università Cattolica, was an opportunity to discuss the significance of sustainable actions for businesses and large industrial groups, in Italy and worldwide.
The roundtable was moderated by the Assistant Director of Il Sole 24 Ore, Alessandro Plateroti. Those who took part were Alessandro Beda, Fondazione Sodalitas Steering Board Member, Michele Calcaterra, ECPI CEO, Mons. Luciano Frigerio, Doctor of Theology at the Archdiocese of Milan, Mario Molteni, Alta Scuola Impresa e Società (ALTIS) Director, and Alessandro Pansa, General Manager of Finmeccanica.
The numerous students attending the event had the opportunity of asking Mr. Guarguaglini questions regarding the Group’s environmental and social policies.
The third Sustainability Report and the listing in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes ( World and Europe) are significant intermediate milestones for Finmeccanica. In fact, as Mr. Guarguaglini noted in ending his speech “now that we are out in the open, we will be forced to do more and more, better and better.”