Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte awarded Omet as one of the Welfare Champion companies of the Welfare Index PMI 2020.
The company has been identified as one of the 78 Welfare Champion companies out of over 6500 entries. Additionally, this year the traditional welfare survey, the Welfare Index PMI also looked into the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, highlighting the flexibility and resilience of these companies, that represent the backbone of the Italian economic framework.
‘This national award makes us proud,’ said Antonio Bartesaghi, president of Omet. ‘It's an appreciated acknowledgement for our welfare project, in which we strongly believe. This research shows that welfare improves business results: in Italy, companies have always based their competitive advantage on qualified skills and therefore they are used to giving value to people. We will continue to invest in this issue to give our employees more value and to improve their time management: this means giving value to work.’
According to the research, SMEs with an established welfare project had a greater ability to react to the Covid-19 emergency and have been a reference point for the whole community with initiatives in the fields of health, safety, assistance, training, work-life balance. These issues represent the country's priorities, and this confirms that welfare, in addition to being strategic for business growth, will be a lever for the country's sustainable restart.
‘Today we are celebrating stories of extraordinary entrepreneurs who focused their strategies on people, and this allowed them to be more competitive,’ said prime minister Conte during the award ceremony.
Omet’s welfare project offers time-saving services, agreements, training opportunities, free legal consultancy or fiscal support. During the lockdown, the company introduced a smart working approach that allowed the business to continue operating without interruption. Remote working will remain Omet’s focus to increase efficiency and flexibility in the future. The new Molteno headquarters, where the company will move its business unit in 2021, will offer additional spaces to expand the services offered.
In line with the welfare project the company also grants scholarships with the aim of enhancing the culture. It also supports training projects such as the Territorial Laboratory for employability.
‘Investing in welfare means investing in the future of the company and the territory. We are proudly Italian and proudly linked to this territory, which has given us the resources, skills, specialization, creativity, the ability to be competitive. We want to give value to all these things, and I hope that many other companies will undertake this path because it means investing in the future of all of us,’ concluded Bartesaghi.