COVID-19 Emergency

After the declarations by the World Health Organisation, in Italy via specific Decrees of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers (DPCM), a state of emergency was declared, currently in place until July 31st, and explicit measures were taken, firstly in the Lombardy Region and Northern Italy and subsequently extended throughout the 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 in the latter the supply of electricity and related maintenance and interventions. This blockade was extended until May 3rd; from the following day, in accordance with DPCM dated 26 April 2020, the so-called "Phase 2" commenced.

The other European countries where the ERG Group operates, including France and Germany, albeit with different timing, have followed the same path taken by Italy and have 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. This took place by way of recourse to smart working, which was introduced in advance with respect to the provisions of law, and was extended 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 operational management and maintenance of plants with a view to safeguarding business continuity.

Again during Phase 2, whilst allowing potential access to respective offices ERG has confirmed and encouraged the continuation of remote working. ERG has managed with extreme caution the personnel employed at its production sites, by adopting suitable safety measures from a perspective of both "organisation" (able to guarantee social distancing and the remodulation of operational and logistic activities) and "Prevention and Protection" (training and information, individual protection devices, personal hygiene measures and cleaning/sanitisation of work environments), in observance of the indications given by the Competent Authorities and in agreement with the Trade Union Organisations.

At all operational sites the organisational, logistic and facility actions for the protection of workers and to safeguard all essential activities for ensuring service continuity and the running of plants in conditions of safety were prepared and promptly updated. On the basis of safety protocols issued by the authorities, details were set out in two documents issued respectively on April 15th and April 30th, intitled "Company Protocol for the regulation of measures to combat and contain the spreading of the COVID-19 virus in work environments" (15 April) and "Company Protocol for the regulation of measures to combat and contain the spreading of the COVID-19 virus in work environments – PHASE 2" (30 April), which integrate the ERG Group Risk Assessment Document.

At Supply Chain level every appropriate action has been put in place to ensure the operational continuity of all production assets in Italy and abroad, via a structured Business Continuity Management approach and the definition of procurement plans covering supplies until at least the end of 2020, with identification of backup suppliers for all Main Components and primary services.

The presence of our own staff on the field to perform O&M activities and our own warehouses close to production facilities has proved to be a successful strategy for guaranteeing business continuity and minimising our dependency on external suppliers.

A Task Force was immediately set up at Top Management level, in accordance with our Crisis Communication Management Policy: each day Top Management meets to take stock of the situation, with a view to being constantly updated and ready to review priorities on a daily basis, so as to promptly respond to any needs that may arise. To date there has been no interruption of company activity, either in Italy or abroad, and in fact there have been no cases of contagion in the workplace, demonstrating the effectiveness of the measures taken.

During this period there have been no reductions in staff and none have been planned. Moreover, the company has not made use of social safety nets or compulsory short-time working. On the other hand, 14 new hires entered the Group from March until now and COVID-19 health insurance cover has also been taken out in favour of all employees.

Engagement and partnership activities with the communities where ERG operates have gone ahead and appropriate funds have been allocated by the Group, by the Parent Company and by the employees themselves to meet the most urgent needs of healthcare facilities.

Once again during these critical circumstances the solidarity of the company and its people has been readily demonstrated. ERG allocated 2 million Euro to support the areas where its production sites are located that have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis, with a view to providing material support for the most urgent needs of the healthcare facilities. In addition to this initiative, on a proposal from the internal Social Partners, the Group's employees donated a total of 2,300 work hours, the corresponding amount being destined in favour of the Civil Protection Department. It should also be mentioned that San Quirico S.p.A., the Company's majority shareholder, allocated one million Euro in favour of Genoa's front-line hospitals engaged in the healthcare emergency.

In brief, ERG's response to the COVID-19 crisis closely reflects its own business model, which has always been oriented towards the creation and sharing of sustainable value for shareholders, employees and the community in general.

With regard to the guidelines provided by the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) on 11 March 2020 and subsequent communications, we therefore confirm that the Group's management has set up a continuous monitoring of the actual and potential impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on the Group's business activities, financial situation and economic performance. 
We are women and man living in different and distant places. We also do very different jobs: we are engineers, designers, turbine technicians, talent managers, administrators.

But the thing that makes us equal and united, and even more so in this difficult time for everyone, is the pride and awareness of working together to make a real contribution to a cleaner and more sustainable world, of being part of something bigger.

From Sicily to Scotland, from France to Romania, we are ERG.

A detailed programme put in place to fight the COVID-19 emergency

A detailed programme put in place to fight the COVID-19 emergency
A seven phase programme against the Coronavirus, to be implemented at all ERG premises. We have kicked off by adjusting workplace cleaning procedures to suit the new situation since the first stages of the emergency; we have then had to reorganise the distribution of information to all employees regarding essential rules of conduct that need to be complied with in order to limit risk; collaboration with the company physician with regard to all risk situations; remote working procedures have been introduced on a gradual basis, while guaranteeing the continuity of work activities, along with activity reduction plans at all operational sites and operating instructions have been issued by Management on how to operate while safeguarding two crucial aspects, that is to say the reduction of personal contact and maintaining the distance of 1 metre between all personnel.
Page updated at 29 May 2020