Valore D is the first association of large companies formed in Italy in order to support women’s leadership in the corporate world. Our mission is to support and increase women’s representation in top positions in major Italian companies through tangible and concrete actions.
The representation of women in Italian companies has been characterized by a wide presence in the middle and lower levels of management and a rather low representation of women at the highest levels (in 2011 women on boards of directors in Italy were only 6.8%). Numerous studies have shown that this situation causes a net loss value for companies, because a greater representation of women in top positions leads to a more harmonious and better performance from both an economic and financial point of view. Furthermore, women achieve, on average, better academic results than men and lack of valorization of their talent causes a non-optimal use of the company’s potentials.
The activity of Valore D in support of women’s leadership is developed in three directions: towards women managers, Italian companies and society as a whole. Valore D promotes an innovative corporate structure that overcomes the implicit gender bias and favors reconciliation, provides women managers the tools and knowledge relevant to their professional growth and proposes a new cultural model that includes the full participation of women in the economic and social life of the country.
Companies are at the heart of our association, as we believe that they have the fundamental role of transferring into management decisions the necessity of having more women be able to determine the strategies of industries. They can do this by identifying career paths based on talent and merit, creating talent pools where they can draw for summit positions and by promoting the recognition of a different kind of leadership from the prevalent one. Our role is to make all of this easier and faster, by encouraging the sharing of best practices and pooling objectives, instruments and strategies.