The Hera Group is present at the highest levels of the organisations which represent the system of local public services, first and foremost Utilitalia. Hera participates actively in the association’s activities and supports the institutional communication through the identification of its representative in the different roundtables opened with regulators by the Associations. At local level, Hera takes part actively in Confservizi Emilia Romagna, the regional Association for companies, firms and both public and private entities that manage local public Services in the area of reference. The Group is also a member of AIRU (the Italian association for Municipal Heating), CIG (Italian Gas Committee), FIRE (Italian Federation for the Rational Use of Energy) and CTI (Italian Thermotechnical Committee). It contributes to research activities regarding the public services sector performed by leading institutions, both as a client for specific research and by participating in the scientific debate proposed by them with contributions published under record (AREL – Research and Legislation Agency, AGICI Business Finance, REF Ricerche) as well as by directly participating in top level bodies (such as the IEFE board, Institute of energy and environment politics and economics at Bocconi University). Hera is also a member of the ASPHI (promotion and integration of the disabled via the use of Information and Communication Technology) association, Impronta Etica, (a business association to promote social responsibility), Associazione Aziende Modenesi per la Responsabilità Sociale (Association of Companies from Modena for Social Responsibility) and Confindustria Emilia, Romagna, Forlì-Cesena, Venezia and Rovigo. Hera is also a member of the Circular Economy Network (for supporting and promoting the development of the circular economy), CSR Manager Network (for sustainability issues) and the Global Compact Network Foundation (for encouraging the culture of corporate citizenship promoted and managed on a global scale by the United Nations).