The city of Turin is full of hidden gems, similar to Deltatre; once you know it, you love it...

21.05.21

by Chiara Greco

Growing up, I lived and travelled all around the world with my parents, who were university professors. We settled in India, Japan, Thailand, Canada, and across Europe. Since then, for much of my adult life I’ve called Turin, in Piedmont, my home.

21.05.21

by Chiara Greco

Growing up, I lived and travelled all around the world with my parents, who were university professors. We settled in India, Japan, Thailand, Canada, and across Europe. Since then, for much of my adult life I’ve called Turin, in Piedmont, my home.

There is something rewarding about the sense of belonging and camaraderie that we share as a community here. It is also a wonderful place to raise children – I have two – and a special place to grow and learn together as a family. We have so many options for activities, such as skiing and hiking, and Langhe close for good food and wine – for me, not the kids!

Aside from Turin playing a significant and unique role in my day-to-day life – and that of my friends and colleagues – it continues to be a world-class destination for business, sport, culture, and the arts, because of the brilliant and talented individuals that call it home.

In the 1800s, Turin was the first capital city of Italy, and aside from being well-known as the home of the Italian auto industry, we currently call Cristiano Ronaldo a local, thanks to Juventus F.C. Also, in November this year, we will host the ATP Finals in Turin – almost as cool as when we hosted the 2006 Winter Olympics. The city also provides temptation for chocolate lovers, as we are indeed the Italian capital for this delicious food, and we even celebrate our sweet tooth with an annual event.

The city of Turin is full of hidden gems, similar to Deltatre; once you know it, you love it. Not many people know of it, but when you learn about it, it captures your interest. Here you can engage with innovation and history, yet we remain forward thinking (Turin houses the HQ for the Italian Institute of Artificial Intelligence) – a core value at Deltatre.

I joined Deltatre in 2017, and it is hard to believe that it is four years since my journey began as Chief Human Resources Officer. I have relished every day. I'm endlessly motivated by the talent we have in the business, and the astounding work that the group is collectively capable of doing. It is a pleasure to know that, alongside my associates, I am giving my all to produce and maintain an employee experience for more than one thousand skilled people.

Those in my profession are moving through a highly dynamic time in history. Last year, we had to adjust the ways our people work around the world quite abruptly. Alongside our clients and industry friends, we faced immense and sudden pressures associated with cancellations and delays in sporting events, and the production of the film and TV content that our business delivers to the world. It has been an intense and extraordinary journey, and there is still some way to go. None of us could have anticipated the magnitude of hurdles that we would have to face. I can now confidently say that – working as a team – we navigated all challenges that came our way with energy and passion, and we are presently emerging more robust and equipped than ever.

This period has also enabled us to accelerate several initiatives, such as our program to transform various major office spaces. Starting in Italy, we're transforming a number of our offices into ‘Smart Hubs’, in order to support hybrid working and continually improve the collaboration and meeting experiences of our employees. We're investing in new office zones that support quiet for focus or booths for phone calls, as well as dining and relaxation areas. I have to say, the understanding and care we've offered each other at Deltatre while we've been mainly working online has been impressive, and I've seen exceptionally inclusive behavior across the organization. Interestingly, having more company video calls and webinars has also provided us with an excellent platform for us to further connect worldwide and to engage with each other as a diverse community.

As Deltatre celebrates 35 years of business, I'm optimistic about the future and our ongoing commitment to improving lives both inside and outside of Deltatre. I mentioned some examples before - Ronaldo, ATP and the Olympics – and they're all part of the Deltatre world. It is remarkable to be connected with them, but also, beyond our company, we're grateful to be supporting organizations that empower local farmers in Cameroon, Tanzania, and Madagascar to bring social, environmental and economic benefits to their communities. In fact, we've helped more than 2,260 trees being planted – through our employee work anniversary program – which together have absorbed more than 265,750kg of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere so far. That's more than 1,350 trucks worth – so we’re really pleased with this progress and being able to help!

I’m incredibly proud to work somewhere that makes a conscious effort to contribute to positive social, environmental and economic change alongside its goals as a business. On a personal level, I enjoy volunteering, and have made life-long friends that I would have never met previously. In 2019, I was volunteering as a teacher while visiting Uttarakhand, India. I had a chance to meet Khancan – a remarkable young student who I've stayed in daily contact with ever since. While I was there, I taught her English and some Italian songs during school hours, then we would play games together in the afternoon. Now we communicate online in Hindi, English and with a few words in Italian. I'm very much looking forward to seeing her in person again as soon as we can travel.

Lastly, I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge every single person at Deltatre for maintaining our characteristically can-do outlook throughout this demanding period. We have achieved so much and shown what is possible through times of adversity.

Chiara Greco