Culture, Research and Innovation
The Group is an integral part of the communities where we work. For us, promoting culture, encouraging innovation and investing in research is a way of supporting those communities. Through our commitment to education and research, we endeavour to help meet the emerging needs of society.
One of our main projects is the MBRES Area, the Group’s economic and financial research centre, which publishes studies and research primarily online and free of charge. As a further part of our efforts to improve financial awareness, since 2012 we have ensured that the Vincenzo Maranghi Historical Archive is kept up-to-date. In addition, we have a historical library of works on the history of Italian and world economic analysis, collected over the years by Enrico Cuccia, Vincenzo Maranghi and Ariberto Mignoli. The library has been open to the public since 2014.
In line with this commitment to education approach, continues to support Junior Achievement, with whom in 2018 we launched the Crescere che Impresa! project, a business and financial education programme targeting students in middle schools in certain poorer areas of Italy. We also promote financial education for women through the Academy for Women and Finance programme run by Compagnie Monégasque de Banque, which supports women clients with the management of family wealth.
Alongside our commitment to financial education, we invest in the promotion of culture in general. In 1978, we began collecting the writings of Cesare Beccaria into a 17-volume series. The series was completed in 2009, encapsulating the ideals of justice and commitment to public life. In 2014, the Group restored the façade of the Accademia dei Filodrammatici theatre. Home of the academy’s drama school, the theatre is a founding member of the École des Écoles, a European network promoting cultural co-operation in the performing arts.
The Group is a partner of the Civita Association, which works to promote and protect Italy’s artistic heritage. Through Compagnie Monégasque de Banque, we sponsor the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Grimaldi Forum, two of the Principality’s leading cultural institutions, and through CheBanca! we support the Milan Conservatory Orchestra, which serves as a link between the worlds of education and work by including the Conservatory’s students in its ranks, aged 15-22, who have chosen music as their profession.
In the area of scientific research, the Istituto Europeo di Oncologia (IEO) was founded at Mediobanca’s initiative, while in Switzerland, our Group company RAM Active Investments works via RAM Active Philanthropy Foundation (link: https://ram-ai.com/it/philanthropy) which supports numerous projects in the medical and science worlds, including: AISM - the Italian MS association, which supports, directs and finances scientific research into this devastating illness; SwissPKD, which promotes biomedical research into a a genetic disease known as ADPKD (Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease); CANSEARCH Foundation, which has created the first platform for research into paediatric onco-haematology based in Geneva; and ARTC - Association pour la Recherche sur les Tumeurs Cérébrales, created with the principal objective of promoting research into brain tumours by awarding grants to young researchers and providing direct support for research projects at the early stages.
“Crescere che Impresa!”
The launch of the Crescere che impresa! programme is one of the initiatives run by the Committee for planning and co-ordinating financial education as part of the “Month of Financial Education”.
The use of an experiential teaching methodology which gives priority to group-based and interactive activities, allows the students to take an active part in the school-based and non-school events, getting to understand what entrepreneurs are like and the traits which distinguish them. The programme also intends to provide young people with tools to explore the opportunities offered by different employment sectors and emerging professions.
The Mediobanca Group’s support for this initiative promoted by JA Italy is testimony to its desire to make a contribution to schools in certain poorer parts of Italy, and confirmation of our commitment to the issue of financial education.
For further information on the project, please go to the website for the “Crescere che Impresa!”.
MBRES Research Area
Mediobanca’s Research Area (“Area Studi”) has conducted specialist economic and financial research since 1946. It comprises the Group’s Research Department, which undertakes advanced analysis and research, and a separate company called Ricerche e Studi (R&S), which was founded in 1970 with its own team of expert researchers to build on the studies conducted since 1946 on businesses and markets.
R&S publishes research on issues affecting businesses, economic sectors and national and international financial markets. The Research Department instead focuses its work on financial analysis and industry studies.
Major publications include Principali Società Italiane, an annual ranking of leading Italian companies, providing an authoritative and exhaustive list covering all economic sectors, and Dati Cumulativi, an annual statistical survey on the results of Italian companies grouped by industry, which is unique in the depth of its historical series and the coverage of its performance data.
Most of the Area’s research can be accessed online and free of charge.
For more information on the MBRES Research Area, visit www.mbres.it
Vincenzo Maranghi Historical Archive
Mediobanca’s Historical Archive is managed by the MBRES Area. It was named after Vincenzo Maranghi in June 2012.
Fully digitised and constantly updated, the archive comprises documents on the bank’s history and business activities. The collection’s guidelines, areas of study and publication programmes are set by a three-person committee (Giorgio La Malfa – Chairman, Marcello De Cecco and Pietro Trimarchi).
In June 2014, the Archive was recognised as being “of historical interest” under Lombardy’s Cultural and Landscape Heritage Code.
European Institute of Oncology (IEO)
The IEO is Italy’s leading private cancer centre. It was founded in Milan on the initiative of Mediobanca, which is its biggest shareholder with a stake of about 25%. The centre provides cancer treatment, conducts cancer research, and also oversees the Monzino Cardiological Centre, Milan’s leading specialist heart centre.
Organised into the three areas of Patient Care, Research and Education, the IEO strives for excellence in cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment through clinical and scientific research, organisational and management innovation, and a constant focus on the quality of care provided to patients.
Since 2008, the IEO has organised an annual “IEO for Women” event, in which breast cancer patients are invited to share their experiences, in the belief that care should go beyond hospitalisation and treatment. In 2016, the IEO Women’s Cancer Centre was opened, the first in Italy dedicated to women’s health before, during and after cancer treatment.
For more information on the IEO, visit www.ieo.it