Mobility

Within the Group, in the most recent years increasing importance has been given to mobility management, developing and implementing strategies to ensure that personnel and cargo are transported efficiently and sustainably.

The Group's objective is to cut employee travel as much as possible, above all reducing the use of private vehicles and increasing the use of public transport in order to decrease air and noise pollution in cities. In all countries, mobility management is often assigned to a dedicated person, who may be a mobility or travel manager, and is responsible for planning sustainability initiatives, improving home/work journeys, maintaining relations on these issues with the municipal authorities. In certain cases, these responsibilities also include managing the corporate fleet (in Austria) or defining contractual conditions in place with transportation service providers (in Germany).

Distribution of kilometres travelled by employees on duty

In 2012 the Group's employees made work-related journeys by car, air and train totalling 206,468,419 km. journeys using all types of transport contributed to the decrease of 3% compared to 2011, which is mainly attributable to the adoption of travel policies in all countries, giving preference to the use of public transport, and specifically promote the use of the least polluting types of transport, as well as car policies which set out maximum limits of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions for company cars.

Road kilometres travelled by employees on duty
COUNTRYKmCHANGE
201120122012/2011
Italy 43,872,883 40,413,330 -7.9%
Austria 13,587,000 13,067,573 -3.8%
France 26,244,610 28,123,103 7.2%
Germany 34,916,555 33,395,809 -4.4%
Spain 5,347,246 4,728,042 -11.6%
Switzerland 1,711,883 1,618,308 -5.5%
TOTAL 125,680,177 121,346,165 -3.4%
  • For France and Swiss insurance companies it was only possible to measure the mileage travelled for journeys made by corporate fleet.
  • In 2012, Group employees travelled over 121 million km by car. The decrease of 3.4% compared to 2011 was the result of the decline in mileage of journeys using personal cars, while the mileage of the corporate fleet, equal to over half of road travel (63,677,969 km), grew by 3.1%. A particularly sharp decrease was recorded in Spain, where the mileage travelled by the corporate fleet decreased, also as a result of the significant promotion of the use of videoconferencing by the Top Management. Conversely, in France there was an increase in mileage travelled due to increased journeys by the sales workforce.
  • The savings linked to lower mileage by car has been estimated at approximately 500 thousand euros.

Flight kilometres travelled by employees on duty

Train kilometres travelled by employees on duty

  • In all countries, each company policy promotes the use of the train as the preferred means of travel, even though the choice among the different methods of transport for work-related journeys are linked to the distances between the Group's sites in the country, as well as the quality of the existing rail and air connections. The significant decrease in air travel seen in France, Germany and Spain is specifically due to new, more restrictive policies, which require greater use of the train and videoconferencing systems.
  • As regards flight kilometres travelled, there was a sharp increase in Austria, linked to trips taken to participate in numerous international projects under way, and in Switzerland, attributable to more frequent trips by employees of BSI, especially to Asian countries.

In all countries there are incentives for video and telephone conference systems, which enable travel by Group employees to be reduced and, at the same time, provide a visual connection. In 2012, the number of videoconference calls totalled 32,694, an increase of 27.7% compared to 2011. Videoconference calls can also be made from individual workstations in France, Germany and, for a few months now, also in Italy.

In the last few years, Generali has also been working on increasingly eco-sustainable home-work mobility, promoting the use of bicycles (in Italy and Austria) or covering part of the costs of annual tickets for public transport (in France and for BSI in Switzerland).

In Austria, France and Switzerland, tele-expertise systems for claims remain in place, which limit the number of car journeys by assessors.

In several countries, telecommuting has also been possible for several years now: in Austria, Germany and Switzerland, some Group employees have the opportunity of working from home, reducing both home-work journeys, and trips to customers, with a consequent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

Initiatives for improving mobility in 2012
COUNTRYTYPE OF INITIATIVE
ItalyProvision of a shuttle service connecting the offices with train stations or airports.
Creation of a workforce management application, which employees can use to
offer/take lifts from colleagues who make the same journey.
Opening of a specific email address and logo for the Mobility Manager. This is used to
announce initiatives and receive requests and reports of any malfunctions.
Execution of a survey on home-work journeys on the Group’s workforce in Italy.
By analysing the results, actions can be identified to create sustainable mobility
solutions, customised to specific cities, offices and companies.
Implementation of the Microsoft Lync system for 1,000 employees of the Italian
companies. This system can be used for videoconferences and video calls from
employees’ workstations, with a savings of over 30,000 trips per year.
AustriaAll journeys by air must be authorised by the Top Management, and all journeys by
train are environmentally friendly because most of the energy used by the Austrian
railway network comes from hydroelectric power.
FranceUse of an electric car for transporting packages and post between the three buildings
located in Saint-Denis. A hybrid car has also been purchased for a member of the
company’s Top Management.
GermanyConclusion of an agreement with Deutsche Bahn (the German national railway
company) whereby all journeys made by train by employees on duty are carbon
neutral, meaning the emissions are offset through eco-sustainable initiatives.