For the eighth consecutive year in Italy and the third in Spain, the Group – leading designer and producer of ceramic and stoneware floor and wall coverings – has received coveted Top Employers status, which certifies and consolidates the company’s commitment to implementing polices and strategies for social sustainability and the career development, safety and wellbeing of all its employees.
Every year, the Top Employers Institute conducts a global survey to certify businesses committed to supplying the best working conditions, starting with personal and environmental safety, training and incentive plans and career development.
“Award of Top Employers Certification for the eighth consecutive year proves that company’s people, their experience, their skills and their talent are a vital resource for the company’s growth,” commented Luca Gatti, Marazzi Group Director of HR and Organisation. “We’ll be continuing with our training, performance bonuses and a more and more complete corporate welfare plan. This is founded in the company’s genuine people-orientation, and the renewal of its supplementary labour contract, approved by workers with an overwhelming majority in December 2023, also reflects this policy, as it further strengthens the focus on safety and the health of employees and their families, and addresses the work-life balance.”
The Group corporate welfare programme, which also covers all employees’ families, comprises 48 conventions operating in the local area in health, wellbeing, services, schools and education, the solidarity hours-bank, the option of receiving the performance bonus in the form of services, and a number of programmes to facilitate the work-life balance.
This year the Group has also turned its attention to the youngest members of society with the Young T.I.L.E. project, an immersive experiential programme for talented young people under 30 already working for the company, and Academy Duale, the work experience project in partnership with local schools which last year involved 38 students from years IV and V of Sassuolo’s A. Volta Technical High School. At the end of the programme seven of them joined the company workforce.
In 2023 a total of over 10,000 hours of learning were delivered to about 2,300 participants on issues such as safety and the environment, management, IT, foreign languages, specialist technical skills and personal growth.
The company also continues its commitment to sponsoring cultural events and supporting the community. In 2023, in association with the City of Reggio Emilia the company won the “Premio CULTURA + IMPRESA” award for ‘Curiosa Meravigliosa’ by Joan Fontcuberta, the first public artwork installation created with large stoneware slabs for the Musei Civici in Reggio Emilia. It also contributed to the restoration of the historic Clock Tower completed by the City of Sassuolo in December and to the city’s cultural programme, which for the 7th year was hosted by Crogiolo Marazzi with various events open to the public and local schools.
The company’s contributions to the response to the flood which hit the Emilia-Romagna region in May last year were also impressive, reflecting its policy of active social solidarity.
“We’re delighted to have received Top Employers certification again this year,” Marazzi Group CEO Mauro Vandini commented, “and to be placed amongst the best Italian companies to work for according to the Italy’s Best Employers ranking. We’ve achieved these results thanks to the company’s commitment to its employees and constant support for the institutions, cultural organisations, hospitals and no-profit entities working in our community”.