Italy – Equality

I. Statement of Commitment

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To protect human rights, Italy undertakes to:

  • Continue to protect, promote universal respect for, and observance of, all human rights, fundamental freedoms and non-discrimination principles, with special attention to the rights of most vulnerable groups, such as women, children, disabled, LGBTI people, migrants and asylum seekers, and persons belonging to ethnic and religious minorities
  • Encourage companies, also in view of the updating of the National Strategy for Sustainable Development, in line with the commitments undertaken with the Agenda 2030 and the role that the private sector will be called to play in its implementation, to voluntarily commit themselves at national, regional and international level to prevent and redress potential human rights adverse impacts;… and to enhance the use of indicators of quality, sustainable development, equality and gender.

C. National Priorities

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With the aim of analysing specific matters related to the Italian context, the NAP mainly focuses on six priorities representing the business and human rights areas that NAP intends to address…

  1. Tackling discrimination and inequality and promoting equal opportunities.

A. Foundational principles

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Italy is fully committed to the protection and promotion of human rights. The Italian Constitution, within the framework of the basic principles of human dignity, equality and solidarity, sets forth several provisions ensuring the right to individual freedom, the right to equal treatment, the right to freedom of conscience and worship, as well as the right to freedom of expression and association, the right to a fair trial, the right to health…

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… Italian Government expects then that business enterprises comply with all domestic legislation, which includes – among others – specific provisions regarding … the right to equal treatment …

Planned Measures

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  • Encourage companies in the dissemination of anti-discrimination culture by: i) promoting corporate policies and best practices on inclusivity and Diversity Management also via the institutional support to the adhesion, implementation and assessment of the Carta per le Pari Opportunità e l’Uguaglianza sul Lavoro (corporate voluntary initiative launched by Assolombarda in 2009 – which participates in the European Diversity Charter Platform promoted by the EU Commission GD Justice – with the aim of disseminating in Member States a movement to tackle prejudices and enhance talents in diversity); ii) promoting bodies (such as the Osservatorio Aziendale and the Disability Manager) that will have the aim of promoting the inclusion of workers with disabilities within the workplace, as foreseen in the II Program of Action on Disability; iii) increasing the awareness within the workplace on the serious issue of sexual abuse and domestic violence; iv) providing incentives for corporate training on inclusion, diversity management, gender balance and gender mainstreaming with specific focus on women empowerment and LGBTI rights.

Planned Measures

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  • Strengthen the implementation of socially responsible public procurement rules by adopting a comprehensive framework of reference for bidders coordinated by A.N.AC and covering: … equal opportunities and non-discrimination.

Planned Measures

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  • Reinforce the action of the Italian Development Cooperation towards gender equality also by supporting women economic empowerment in post conflict countries, in line with the three pillars of the United Nations (peace and security, development, human rights) and the operational and normative framework developed within the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 “Women, Peace and Security”.