Culture, Research and Innovation
The Mediobanca Group’s commitment to culture and research demonstrates its awareness of the importance of corporate social responsibility at a civil and social level, and of the fact that its role is more than the mere pursuit of financial goals.
Mediobanca Research, which has been active since the Bank’s establishment in 1946, is a specialized research centre for economic and financial analysis.
The area comprises the Research Department itself plus Group company Ricerche e Studi (R&S).
R&S publishes research on companies, economic sectors and national and international financial markets, while the Research Department’s work concentrates more on financial analysis and industrial sectors.
The majority of the research is published (and may be downloaded) free of charge on the area’s dedicated website www.mbres.it
“Vincenzo Maranghi” historical archive
The Bank’s historical archive was named after Vincenzo Maranghi at its inception in June 2012.
The archive may be consulted in digital format, is updated continuously, and contains documents on the Bank’s history and activity. In June 2014 the archive was declared as being of historical interest with reference to the Lombardy region’s code of cultural and natural heritage.
Mediobanca historical library
Mediobanca’s historical library was set up in 2014, with the aim of making the Bank’s holdings of rare and precious volumes on the history of Italian and international economic analysis, collected over the years by Enrico Cuccia, Vincenzo Maranghi and Ariberto Mignoli, available to the public.
Enrico Cuccia: collected writings
Published in 2007, and presented at Palazzo Reale in Milan on 4 December the same year on the centenary of Enrico Cuccia’s birth, the volume Mediobanca annual reports, 1947-82 brings together thirty-six of the reviews of operations penned by Cuccia which introduced the Bank’s financial statements, along with a short biography of the man himself and a brief history of Mediobanca.
The volume also contains a memoir of Enrico Cuccia written by Vincenzo Maranghi and an introduction by the Bank’s present Chairman, Renato Pagliaro.
National edition of the complete works of Cesare Beccaria
The National Edition of the Complete Works of Cesare Beccaria consists of sixteen volumes, and brings together all of the great Lombard thinker’s works, many of which are unknown or unpublished, in a single collection.
The National Edition is much more than a collection of Beccaria’s full works: it is a full critical edition, with appendices, commentaries, and critical essays providing a full history of each of Beccaria’s writings.
The decision to publish an edition of all Cesare Beccaria’s writings had its origins in Mediobanca’s desire to honour the memory of Adolfo Tino, the Bank’s Chairman for more than twenty years.
This choice is no coincidence: Tino himself, in his person and activities, stood for the same ideals of justice and involvement in public life which so characterized the works of Cesare Beccaria two centuries previously.
The collection was directed first by Luigi Firpo, then by Gianni Francioni.
The Mediobanca building in Milan
This volume, published in 2013, recounts the history of the building in Via Filodrammatici, Milan which has been home to Mediobanca since 1946.
Starting from the various renovations which the building has undergone over the years, the volume contains hundreds of photographs of details of the palazzo, ranging from antique items and the frescoes and decorations adorning its walls, and recounts the vicissitudes which affected the building itself and the families who lived in it, before and after ownership of it passed from the Visconti Ajmi to the Gnecchi family until it came to be owned by Mediobanca.
VILLA DI LUCULLO - ROME
Remains of a Roman domus beneath the courtyard of the Piazza di Spagna building came to light during restoration work carried out in 1999. Surviving artefacts include a bath, a mosaic floor, a wall fresco featuring the typical red of Pompeii, a triangular pedestal depicting the figure of a young girl in various poses, fragments of architraves and columns bearing floral motifs, and some lead piping clearly stamped with the maker's name. The fact that there was a bath there suggests the wealthy owners may have drawn water straight from the Virgin's Aqueduct, built by the Emperor Agrippa in 19 B.C. and named after a young girl who had pointed out a spring to soldiers searching for it. The aqueduct initially flowed underground, eventually coming out into the open air in the gardens of Lucullus, now Piazza di Spagna. The mosaic dates back to the fourth century A.D. and portrays two competing discus-throwers. The winner, who was probably the owner of the domus, is shown crowning himself with a laurel wreath, with the prize money of twenty sesterces lying in a purse at his feet.
Starting from 2015, once a month Mediobanca will be publishing hitherto unseen views of ancient Rome.
ACCADEMIA DEI FILODRAMMATICI THEATRE
Work began in the final months of 2014 on restoring the historical façade of the Accademia dei Filodrammatici theatre in Piazzetta Ferrari.
ACCThe aim is to restore the façade’s decorative elements and plaster, to renew the glory of one of Milan city centre’s historical monuments.
The Accademia dei Filodrammatici theatre is home to the Academy’s school of performing arts. The school, one of the oldest in Europe, has been open continuously since 1805.
The Accademia dei Filodrammatici is one of the founding partners of École des Écoles, an international network set up to promote European co-operation for teachers and students of the performing arts.
European Institute of Oncology
Founded in Milan by Umberto Veronesi with the financial and direct support of Mediobanca, the IEO over the years has become a renowned centre of international excellence for clinical work and research in the area of cancer.
The IEO is a comprehensive cancer centre, run as a non-profit organization and working in three areas: clinical, research and training. The IEO strives to achieve excellence in the area of cancer prevention, early diagnosis and effective treatment through the development of clinical and scientific research and through organizational and managerial innovation, with a constant focus on the quality of the service provided to the patients.
Mediobanca is a shareholder in the IEO with a stake of around 15% and has supported all its activities since its inception.
Innovation has always been at the heart of the strategy of CheBanca!, the Mediobanca Group’s multichannel bank. And innovation, indeed, is the main theme of CheFuturo!, the blog run by CheBanca!.
Set up in April 2012, in no time at all it proved a massive hit, and is now the first port of call for the community of start-uppers, makers and those with a passion for innovation.
CheFuturo! is home to posts by over a hundred contributors, including some of the best-known writers on innovation in Italy. Its data show two million views, and over 1,250 articles published at an average rate of around three posts a day.
In Che Futuro! stories of innovation come to life. Everyone can contribute, by sending a photo or their own story, advertising an event or simply adding their comment to a post.
DIGITAL BANKING INDEX
The CheBanca! Digital Banking Index Italy is the first Italy report measuring the developments in online banking in Italy.
Developed in conjunction with research company Human Highway, the index is designed as an open, system-wide instrument, to provide the main scenario data on how Italians are embracing and will embrace digital banking.
ITALIAN FINTECH AWARDS
The DNA of CheBanca! is that of a start-up, in the knowledge that looking forward and imagining the future is the key to developing and enjoying success.
For this reason it has targeted the most interesting and innovative start-ups in the fintech world to identify concrete projects which are able to integrate with others and to allow themselves to be infected with new ideas, visions and initiatives.
It has done this through two contests: in 2014 it launched the CheBanca! Grand Prix, and in 2016 the CheBanca! Italian Fintech Awards, a call for ideas made to young sector talent which rewarded the most interesting project before an audience of innovators, bloggers and fintech devotees.
In 2014 CheBanca!, in conjunction with StartupItalia!, launched SmartMoney, the first blog devoted exclusively to the world of fintech, which through interviews, videos and articles tells the most interesting stories of what’s going on in Italy and elsewhere. It is the best known blog in the sector.