Increasing female employment is one of the main objectives of the new century.
In terms of numbers, the goal means a 4% increase in women’s employment no later than 2026 and the government has taken action to ensure a full involvement in achieving the aim.
What is the State intervention?
As already mentioned in our previous article, gender equality is a challange for all fields.
Companies have played an essential role as regards the inclusion of women in the workplace, and all this will grow in importance in the future.
In particular, exonerations are available within a maximum of 50.000 euros and a rewarding in public tender for certified companies as regards gender equality.
The main points of intervention provided for in PNRR:
- Certification of gender equality to encourage companies to adopt the best practices to reduce the gap
- Introduction of new mechanisms of recruitment in the PA and revision of opportunity for promotion
- Prevision of methodologies for a proper balance between private and professional life
- Enhancing tourism offers
- Definition of a plan of nurseries to bring mothers closer to workplace
- Fund “Impresa Donna”
- Valorization of social infrastructure
- Support to homecare
How do ISO standards fit in this context?
Standards ISO become fundamental in this context, but the main standard is ISO 30415, as regards Diversity and Inclusion.
The standard doesn’t just refer to women, but to the concept of diversity at 360 degrees.
Indeed, it lead companies to undertake a reflection at internal which can culminate in a checklist of steps in order to get out their comfort zone to access the tax benefits and to achieve assessments.
Recently, on 16 March 2022 Uni/PdRs (in Italian “Prassi di Riferimento”) was published. It is focused on gender parity and it sets up a management system in order to ensure the gender equality.
Achieving certifications is not the only step to take in order to implement strategies oriented toward gender equality, because every day it is necessary to commit to encourage ad hoc management models which break down barriers to social inclusion.