Empowering our people to succeed with WeFly
Monday 30 October 2023
For the third time, UniCredit partners with Valore D to launch the new edition of WeFly® – an international and cross-company mentoring programme designed to support our ambition to create a more supportive and inclusive workplace for all.
The programme aims to equip talented managers with additional career support to boost their strengths, professional know-how and skills. It represents yet another element of UniCredit’s wider commitment to empower our people to succeed supporting their international aptitude and enriching participants’ management style through company cross-fertilisation.
“We continue to invest in our people, empowering professional and personal growth while breaking down biases at all levels of our organisation. In this respect, mentorship represents a powerful tool for both, mentors and mentees, exposing them to new perspectives and views, nurturing diversity of thought and ideas. The importance of mentoring as a people development tool and in particular of the WeFly programme is also confirmed by the outstanding results of its first 2 editions which involved 110 UniCredit people.”
Teodora Petkova, Head of Central and Eastern Europe at UniCredit
Organised through mentor-mentee matches, the third edition of WeFly will engage 130 international participants from 42 companies, out of which 50 from UniCredit (25 Mentors and 25 Mentees) supporting them to expand their professional network, familiarise with different cultures, strengthen their ambition to further achieve professional success and empower future generations of colleagues. For the first time, the program will include men in the role of mentees to ensure fully inclusive gender representation.
Valore D is the first association of companies in Italy which since 2009 has been committed to building a professional world without discrimination, in which gender equality and the culture of inclusion support the innovation, progress and growth of organizations and of Italy and in partnership with Methodos, which specialises in human cultural change initiatives.
“In a constantly changing world that presents us with enormous global challenges, it is necessary to acquire international skills in order to learn the necessary skills to tackle them. The value of an international and cross-company mentoring experience like WeFly lies precisely in the opportunity for participants to relate to other realities, learning from different management styles, a fundamental step to build and develop a solid career path towards the leadership of tomorrow.”
Cristiana Scelza, President of Valore D
Our progress towards gender equity
» Women presence at UniCredit, as of Sep 2023:
- 57% Group overall
- 42% Board of Directors
- 46% Group Executive Committee (GEC)
- 36% Leadership Team*
*Refers to Group Executive Committee and first line reporting to Group Executive Committee.
» Allocation of EUR100m to close gender gap on an equal pay for equal job basis during 2022-24
» UniCredit included for the 4th year in Bloomberg’s 2023 Gender-Equality Index
» UniCredit has been ranked for the second year in a row in the Top 100 Globally for Gender Equality by Equileap: #2 in Italy (the only bank) and #22 in the global financial sector.
» Financial Times named UniCredit as one of Europe's 2023 Diversity Leaders on general diversity, ethnicity, LGBTQIA+, age and disability.
» UniCredit obtained EDGE Certification for gender equity and inclusion: Austria, Germany & Italy, being the only certified financial company in the banking industry in Europe
» UniCredit is one of the 2023 Top Employers in Europe and across several countries in which the bank operates, for the 7th year in a row