Multiculturalism

The Intesa Sanpaolo Group now has a strong presence abroad, and the staff who work at our banks are increasingly called on to interact with different cultures. It is therefore imperative that they be afforded the opportunity to work effectively in international work groups and that they be given specific training. For example, employees who are interested in being transferred to China join a course on residing abroad: Working and Living Abroad for the Bank of Qingdao (China) provides individual coaching, intercultural training and cultural awareness and is specifically centred on facilitating understanding between the cultures for expatriates and local managers. A similar course was planned for Pravex Bank (Ukraine.)

Multiculturalism

The Business Innovation R_Evolution project, enacted by the Corporate and Investment Banking Division, sought to promote cultural change and support integration, multidisciplinarity and the dissemination of a culture of innovation through the exchange of knowledge and experience among the business divisions. The people involved acquired the skills needed to come up with ideas and solutions pertinent to the Bank’s business. The active learning project Crossover, involving young specialists from the international subsidiaries and specialist teams from the Head Office Departments in a course of learning and exchange of know-how lasting some 4 months alternated training, mentorship, coaching and project work by exploiting social networking tools.
An annual workshop was held for the CEOs and their deputies of the International Subsidiary Banks: the International Top Executives’ Annual Forum: Leading in a Time of Turbulence set as its goal to build a shared and successful managerial approach in the international component of the Intesa Sanpaolo Group.
In general, training initiatives to develop knowledge and language skills were stepped up with special attention given to persons who have close relations with foreign countries, to support the process of the Group’s globalisation.