The People at OVS
There are over 7,000 of us working at OVS, which includes our head offices, stores and international branches. We are all equally committed to achieving our shared goals by making the most of our individual talent and potential, united by a strong sense of belonging and animated by a collaborative team spirit. We promote a culture of sharing and participation, which is reflected in all business processes, including sustainability.
Already n 2018, we organised training for all our employees working in Italy on sustainable innovation issues, so that they could acquire the basic knowledge and tools needed to actively contribute. Hundreds of ideas emerged in these training sessions to improve our corporate sustainability profile in terms of impact on the environment and people.
With the 2020 sustainability plan, specific MBOs goals were set for the key business functions that deal with products, supply chains, store planning and human resources such as, for example, the percentage of #wecare products in the entire range or the number of suppliers verified through the HIGG platform.
The CEO reports to the Boad of Directors about the accomplishment of the sustainability goals outlined in the plan.
In addition to the training and awareness programme on sustainability launched at our head office, we have initiated activities to strengthen our #wecare strategy messages among employees on a daily basis.
We have launched a car-pooling platform for employees in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with people travelling to and from work. Since its implementation, approximately 360,000 km and more than 27 tonnes of CO2 have been saved – that’s the same as planting around 60 trees.
We have installed microfiltered water dispensers to reduce the use of single-use plastic bottles. All employees have also been given a water bottle, thus helping to reduce waste generated by plastic bottles by around 60%, saving over a tonne of CO2.
Our island network has been equipped to separate and recycle waste produced on-site, allowing us to recycle 90% of the waste we create.
In order to improve employee well-being within the company, we have launched a "Health & Wellness Package”, which aims to promote knowledge on self-care and well-being via the following topics: first aid in the home, nutrition, smoking and its impact on health, concentration exercises.
Furthermore, our office is now completely smoke-free. It is forbidden to smoke both indoors and on the external company premises.
We aim every day to maintain an inclusive work environment where human rights are the priority and there is no room for discrimination.
We recognise the value of all people and are committed to providing equal employment opportunities without discrimination with regards to ethnicity, religion, opinions, nationality, gender, physical condition, age and social status.
The inclusive approach was particularly appreciated at the "Diversity Media Awards" event where OVS won the prize for the best advertising campaign with the commercial "Love People. Not Labels" for “having managed to convey a vision of diversity and its complex valorization, touching on increasingly topical issues such as body shaming, the relationship between generations and the fight against gender stereotypes. A conscious celebration of the concept of identity."
Consistent with the rejection of any form of discrimination, OVS does not allow any difference in pay between genders, for the same role and seniority.
OVS wants to ensure that wages are always in line with market trends to guarantee a salary consistent with the cost of living.
Over time, great attention has been paid to being an equal opportunity employer, not only in recruitment, but also in the periodic salary review process. As proof of this, after identifying certain pay differences between men and women in sales roles, OVS has launched a specific professional growth programme for women in the role of Store Manager which has led in the last 5 years to zero gender pay gap in the store workforce (which represents more than 85% of the group workforce).
OVS, in line with the ILO Convention 190, recognises that any harassment or violence in the workplace is a severe violation of human rights and constitutes a threat to the development of equal opportunities.
We strive to provide our employees with a Code of Ethics and adequate training in the prevention of sexual harassment as well as the procedures to follow in the case of harassment.
To combat gender-based violence and protect the women who work within our group, we have launched a free service that provides legal advice and support in strict confidence to those who need it.
OVS promotes a balance between work and personal life
In line with the ILO Convention 132, the right to annual paid leave is a guarantee in enhancing human capital and social protection. As well as promoting the psycho-physical recovery of our staff, it also increases their motivation. Furthermore, if public holidays fall on a Sunday, we tend to move the compensatory rest to the next holiday, thus creating a calendar of company closures that coincide the long weekends, to ensure that each employee has breaks to relax. In addition, any overtime is handled freely by the employee, in line with the relevant legislation, through a procedure that requires the employee to request authorization to work overtime.
OVS offers a parenting training programme to its female collaborators that aims to redefine the concept of maternity and paternity leave as a time of learning and to develop soft skills for when they return from their leave.
Contracts & Terms of Employment
OVS, in full transparency adopts all the measures provided for by the regulations and by the collective contract of the category signed by the main trade unions and Federdistribuzione, available at the link https://www.federdistribuzione.it/download/ccnl-dmo-dicembre-2018/?wpdmdl=4826, which defines every characteristic of the employment contract. In addition, agreements have been signed for supplementary health care available at the link https://www.federdistribuzione.it/download/accordo-in-materia-di-assistenza-sanitaria-integrativa-per-il-settore-dmo/?wpdmdl=6590.
OVS has also signed with the same trade unions, further supplementary agreements which reinforce the exercise of trade union freedoms for its employees. (see integrative contract and the e il minutes of the agreement).
Finally, with the aim of integrating the basic compulsory social security provided for by law, OVS, through the collective agreement of reference, makes available to its employees the possibility of joining a negotiated pension fund which, if activated through the payment of the severance pay, provides that the company integrates the employee's contribution with an additional percentage at its own expense.
With this inaugural sustainability report, OVS begins an important journey of sharing.
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