University Program

As part of this, and with the University Program project which was started in association with Osservatorio Socialis, FS Italiane brings its own company experience aimed at social responsibility and makes itself available to students who want to use their graduation theses to explore the many aspects of the company’s work in the social area.

"The larger a company is”, explains Fabrizio Torella, Head of Corporate Shared Value at FS Italiane, “the greater the social responsibility towards the country. Italian railways have always accompanied the social, cultural and economic development of Italy and now – at a time of prolonged international economic crisis, which has generated new levels of poverty and unstoppable flows of migrants – the responsibility that we feel is, starting from our core business, to give a real and concrete contribution to social cohesion and development. That is why we are creating a new welfare model inside railway stations based on the local memorandum of understanding signed with the Third Sector and Local Organisations, which takes shape in a number of different projects: Help Centres and welcome centres, the re-use of around 500 stations for social, environmental and cultural purposes, turning disused lines into cycling and walking paths (Greenways Project), which will create jobs and local development linked to mobility and sustainable tourism. In relation to these issues I invite you to look at #opentreno, the blog dedicated to sustainability and much more besides. We need everybody, from big companies to medium and small ones, from the Third Sector and local, central and European institutions to make a great solidarity pact: that is the way we see CSR”.

With the University Program project which was started in association with Osservatorio Socialis, FS Italiane brings its own company experience aimed at social responsibility and makes itself available to students who want to use their graduation theses to explore the many aspects of the company’s work in the third sector.

"FS Italiane’s social commitment”, explains Fabrizio Torella, the Head of Corporate Shared Value at FS Italiane, “is in the DNA of railway workers. Italian railways have always accompanied the social, cultural and economic development of Italy and this commitment is the active way in which we see company responsibility. We are now creating a new welfare model inside stations based on the local memorandum of understanding signed with the Third Sector and Local Organisations, which takes shape in a number of different projects: Help Centres and welcome centres to combat social disadvantage (currently active in 17 stations), which has become a model that has been replicated in other European stations with the 'Hope in Station' project, the re-use of around 500 stations for social, environmental and cultural purposes. The big project of the future is the reconversion of disused railways lines into cycle tracks (the Greenways Project), which will create jobs and local development linked to mobility and sustainable tourism”.

 

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