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Dialogue on the Sustainability Report

Hera presented the Sustainability Report 2010 to the public on 18 May 2011 in Modena: after opening with a display of the Report's main elements, Mr. Jean-Paul Fitoussi, professor at the Paris Institute of Political Studies and at Luiss in Rome, spoke about the causes, consequences and scenarios of the global financial and economic crisis which began in 2009. The discussion continued with a round table with the participation of Group stakeholder representatives: Sergio Cofferati, Member of the European Parliament, Matteo Colaninno, Member of Parliament and Entrepreneur, Marco Frey, Professor of Business Administration at the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna in Pisa and Chairman of the Global Compact Network in Italy, Antonio Massarutto, Professor of Public Economics at the University of Udine, and Gian Carlo Muzzarelli, Councillor for productive activities, energy plan and sustainable development for the Emilia-Romagna region. Approximately 300 people attended the meeting.
The Report was also presented at public meetings with local stakeholders. This began on 7 June in Rimini, and continued to Ravenna and Forlė, followed by Rimini and Ferrara, up to the encounter held on 30 June in Bologna. The meetings opened with presentations of the local views of the Sustainability Report.
At all the meetings, the floor was given to the stakeholder representatives, who spoke 37 times. During the round tables organised for the six meetings, a local journalist moderated a discussion amongst mayors, regional and provincial administrators, other local administrators, Arpa and Local Health Authority technicians, companies, trade and consumers' associations, trade unionists, journalists, rectors, university department deans and university professors on Hera's approach to sustainability and their demands and expectations.
Some of the topics discussed turned into requests to start or extend Group initiatives, including improving the readability of bills, a comparison of the company's results with those of other companies in the same sector, the importance of a relationship with the community, especially for the local businesses that Hera's contracts can stimulate and the demand for innovative products which can be directed to suppliers, and the contribution that social cooperation can provide to local communities, also due to the economic advantages generated by socially motivated job placement.
There were over 960 participants in the meetings which were closed by the Chief Executive Officer of Hera S.p.A., Maurizio Chiarini, who highlighted that two distinctive objectives of the Hera Group are achieved through these meetings: the growth of strong roots in the community and openness to dialogue.