While technologic innovation comes from the encounter between Technology and Talent, Finmeccanica, with its extraordinary variety of technologies and expertise, has exceptional potential for innovation, which is necessary to make everyone aware, involved and proud.
With this aim, the Group has promoted since 2004 the Innovation Award, an international award that is addressed to all employees able to present projects and ideas relating to different business areas controlled by the different companies.
The process involves two steps, one regards the company and the other the Group. In the first phase the teams concerned, within individual companies, submit their proposals to the Internal Examining Board whose task is to identify the winners. And only the first classified in each company can access the second stage and participate in the Group Innovation Award, chaired by the International Examining Board.
The prize, which is one of the most important of Finmeccanica, is therefore aimed at stimulating the contribution of each person to the continuous progress, providing visibility and recognition to those who are able to offer solutions that facilitate the improvement of business performance.
Over the years this goal was largely achieved, tangible and measurable results have also been achieved. The proposals made in various group companies were gradually transformed into new and effective applications, useful to develop products and processes for success.
The initiative has seen a growing participation, involving overall, in six editions held so far, over 16,000 people, for a total of approximately 5,500 innovative proposals.
To a quantitative growth, a quality growth was added over the years in terms of proposals, and an increasing attention to their "protection". In the last two editions of the initiative, indeed, 15% of the total proposals submitted under the Innovation Award has generated a patent application.
And these numbers testify how widespread Finmeccanica attention is to innovation and at the same time it is not only a strategic objective of the Group, but a daily reality for many people who work within it.