Sustainability = Competitiveness
Santo Rizzo, Giuseppe Milici, Francesca Testa
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The crisis linked to Covid-19 situation has had and will have strong consequences on the current economic, social and environmental reality, impacting companies in both the financial and non-financial fields. This situation can be an opportunity for transformation, thanks to the spread of areas of social and environmental sustainability within entrepreneurial activities. The role of SMEs today is constantly evolving, following the main drivers of the global change. In fact, the key values, in order to remain competitive in the medium-long term, comply with the targets set by the international and EU agendas on sustainability, in its economic and socio-environmental meaning. To recognize and know how to deal with risks and consequences of climate change and reduced corporate social responsibility is the pillar of the business of the future and entails an indispensable competitive advantage for SMEs.
Sustainability reporting (e.g. Sustainability accounts) will be an asset increasingly required, in consideration of the sector in which the company operates and of regulatory and market pressures. To measure, communicate the assumption of responsibility (accountability) towards both internal and external stakeholders with respect to the economic, social and environmental impacts of the Organization will be crucial for the evolution of the company.
Santo Rizzo – He joined the organization in 1988 where he began his professional experience in auditing, acquiring significant skills in the sectors to which large multinational groups, such as Fiat Group Automobiles, Buzzi Unicem, Magnetto Group, Bitron Group, SKF, belong. In addition, he is part of the Board of Auditors of API Turino and he is a consultant for several manufacturing and service companies in the Piedmont area. Within the Deloitte structure at the Turin office, he holds the role of Regional Risk Managing Partner and he has been enrolled in the Register of Auditors since its establishment.
Giuseppe Milici – He is Senior Manager at Deloitte, in the Sustainability area. Giuseppe joined Deloitte in 2007 and then worked in heterogeneous realities in the areas of Audit and Sustainability, covering various roles, including that of Auditor in the Foreign Subsidiaries Department in the Auditing Department of Intesa Sanpaolo Spa and the role of Sustainability Reporting Specialist & CSR of Hera Group. Subsequently back into Deloitte, with solid professional skills due to the experience gained in the field of auditing and strategic consulting on issues of sustainability, stakeholder engagement. Today he supports numerous clients (of leading national and international companies) in the preparation of sustainability reports and in the development of sustainability strategies and plans, as well as in the implementation of the instructions of the Legislative Decree 254/2016.
Francesca Testa – She is Supervisor at Deloitte, in the Sustainability area. She joined Deloitte in 2013 in the Audit & Assurance area. Francesca has gained experience in auditing Italian and foreign listed and non-listed groups of the industrial sector. In particular, she has been involved in auditing the financial statements of companies belonging to the automotive, food and beverage, media and communication and real estate sectors. Currently in Deloitte, Francesca is in charge of the review and strategic consultancy on sustainability issues, stakeholder engagement and implementation of the instructions of the Legislative Decree 254/2016 for numerous Italian clients.