No reduction in staff and no mandatory temporary leaves
Collective bargaining on:
- adoption of appropriate safetymeasures for employees in the production sites
- reorganization of O&Mactivities, production plant & Control room
- smart working extended to over 70% of corporate population, nearly 100% of office staff
- crisis management scheme in event of mutual infection between employees into a shift
Enchanced IT resources: 10X rise in remote meetings thanks to most advanced platforms
Covid-19 health insurance for all the employees
ERG allocated €2mn to support the healthcare system where its production sites operate
ERG's people donated 2,300 hours of their work to the Civil Protection Department
ERG's majority shareholder, allocated €1mn in favour of Genoa's front-line hospitals
ERG supports 2 projects of the Fondation des Hopitaux de France in favour of healthcare
professionals and of rest homes for the elderly
Set a Daily WAR-cabinet meeting with top-mgmt to ensuring business continuity
Electricity supply among the essential services in this period of emergency
Put in place a set of measures to guarantee the best-in-class H&S standards for ERG people
Some delays in construction investment program and authorization process
Tough trading environment, although most of the electricity production already hedged
Following the global spread of the health crisis, at the end of January 2020 the World Health Organisation qualified the COVID-19 epidemic as a public health emergency of international concern and then, on 11 March 2020, declared COVID-19 to be a Pandemic. As regards Italy, via specific Decrees of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers (DPCM), a state of emergency was declared, currently in force until October 15th, and explicit measures were adopted firstly in the Lombardy region and Northern Italy and later throughout the entire national territory.
From the end of March a series of additional provisions were put in place for the suspension of industrial production activities, with the exception of those services considered essential, including among the latter the supply of electricity and the related maintenance operations and interventions. This shutdown situation was extended until May 3rd; from the next day with DPCM dated 26 April 2020, the so-called "phase 2" commenced and was then replaced by way of DPCM dated June 11th with "phase 3", which further alleviated the containment measures.
The other European countries where the ERG Group operates, including France and Germany, albeit with different timing, followed the same path taken by Italy and gradually suspended activities, apart from those services deemed to be essential and of public utility, which again includes the supply of electricity. At the first signs of emergency the company promptly took action, putting in place all necessary measures to guarantee, on the one hand, the health of its employees and, on the other, the operational continuity of its assets in conditions of safety.
The most important organisational measure taken, which was in fact also recommended by the competent Authorities, concerned agile working (smart working), which was introduced in advance with respect to the provisions of law, and was extended to all days of the week and to all the Group's branches in Italy and abroad, involving over 70% of the company's people, corresponding to the entire "office-based" workforce, excluding only staff assigned to the running and maintenance of plants with a view to safeguarding the operational and management continuity of business assets in conditions of safety.