SustainabilityThe Recordati group’s employeesRemuneration and benefit system

The remuneration system of the Recordati group is based on the meritocratic “Pay for performance” principle and has been designed to encourage and reward high levels of performance, aligning managers’ interests with those of our shareholders. The remuneration strategy aims to ensure that pay corresponds to the responsibilities of each role and to individual performance, optimising and retaining key resources while remaining in line with national employment legislation. The remuneration system is composed of basic pay, variable short-term compensation (variable annual bonus), additional benefits (pension contributions, reimbursement of medical expenses, etc.) and variable mid-to-long term compensation (principally represented by stock option plans). The variable short and mid-to-long term payments are subject to the achievement of financial results which are measurable, quantifiable and made known to beneficiaries.

In 2019, an assessment of the existing MBO system was carried out at Group level, by a leading consulting company in the compensation field; a number of important changes were introduced (in relation to the calculation mechanism, target and payout) through benchmarking with the reference market and the subsequent design, which were initially applied for Top Managers starting from 2020 and will be proportionally extended to other Managers from 2021 (in order to align bonus logic within the Group), aimed at increasingly valuing and rewarding the best performance, aligning the interests of managers with those of the shareholders, and rewarding special acquisitions and integrations.

The Group’s remuneration policy aims to guarantee equal conditions for men and women across all professional levels, rewarding merit and the ability to fulfil the assigned role and meet defined objectives.

The Recordati group believes that the welfare of its employees is a key element to achieving company targets. In general terms, welfare initiatives vary between countries due to the specific characteristics of different states (regulatory framework, availability of public services etc.) and the existence of previous agreements developed by the various corporate entities before they became part of the Group. The benefits offered to employees are linked to their professional category, regardless of the type of contract. At Recordati, corporate welfare is “the system of non-monetary benefits designed to increase the individual and family well-being of employees from an economic and social point of view” and is part of a wider strategy aimed at managerial innovation and corporate social responsibility and represents a tool to improve relations with employees and stakeholders within the Group.

The definition of company welfare includes both benefits, which represent resources allocated by the employer to meet the social security and welfare needs of employees (e.g. contribution to healthcare plans or additional welfare provisions), and "perks", which consist of goods or services made available to employees (e.g. company car, canteen or restaurant vouchers or coupons).

Driven by a growing demand for services from workers and in light of the significant tax benefits recognised by current legislation, the Parent Company has implemented the company welfare system provided to its employees, with a view to a total reward policy, in which monetary instruments (salary and variable remuneration) are combined with non-monetary instruments (benefits and perks) to pursue objectives of tax and contribution optimisation, loyalty, motivation and attraction of human resources and the construction of a solid and lasting "company identity".

Regardless of the format, every welfare initiative implemented by the Recordati group aims at achieving both tangible and intangible results relating to the management of employee relations. In particular, these initiatives aim at promoting:

  • the maintenance of a healthy and positive working environment and life for all employees;
  • the increase in engagement of human resources in the context of corporate activities and, more generally, an improvement in the quality of internal relations;
  • a positive level of motivation resulting in a consistent professional contribution to individual and Group productivity;
  • stable relations and a strong sense of belonging among employees;
  • the reduction in turnover and, in terms of Employer Branding, an increasingly attractive and visible corporate profile on the employment market, particularly within the highly selective and competitive contexts within which the Recordati group operates.
The Parent company has a flexible benefits system: this system represents an alternative remuneration method for employed work consisting of a range of goods, services and non-financial benefits offered by the Group to its employees in addition to their “standard” wage package, in order to increase employees’ buying power and improve their quality of life. More specifically, this system also offers the opportunity to partially or fully replace a percentage of the employee's variable remuneration package with goods and/or services which are usually purchased externally by the employee to meet their personal or family requirements (ranging from grocery or fuel vouchers and the reimbursement of medical or school fees for the employee or their family members, to membership with recreational initiatives and support for the care of elderly relatives). The term “flexible benefits” refers to a fixed allowance allocated to employees that can be “spent” freely on the goods and services which best correspond to their individual requirements.
This package has been designed to offer the broadest possible variety of options, meeting the different needs of a population characterised by diverse ages and requirements. 

Following the health emergency that defined 2020 and the actions taken by the Group to ensure continuity of business and the well-being of its employees, in the future the Group intends to define appropriate flexible-working tools for employees with the goal of supporting a better home/work-life balance, firstly by introducing a “structural” smart working format that is not linked to the emergency. 

Additional information can be found in the Consolidated Non – Financial Statement