As a Group – and as people – we believe in the power of inclusion to restore the social connections that we often see weakening nowadays. Above all, we have chosen to promote sport as a way to bring people together and share values.
INSIEME (“Together”) is our latest initiative to promote sport for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and at risk of exclusion, by targeting pupils at primary and secondary schools in several outer-Milan districts. In 2017, we held a multisport camp at the Cesare Beccaria Young Offender Institution in Milan, offering the young detainees a week of sport and competition within a framework of rules and fair play.
In 2018, with the “The Prisoners Ask Why” initiative, we invited some major Italian writers to come with us to various prisons to offer the inmates an opportunity to ask them some of their most profound questions. We also confirmed our support for Don Gnocchi foundation, directing it in particular to the sporting and social/educational activities provided by the Centro Vismara towards the south of Milan, to ensure that young people with disabilities have access to sport as well
In 2016, we teamed up with the Italian Paralympic Committee (CIP) for the #Oltre (“Beyond”) project, aimed at spreading the values of Paralympic sport as a way to encourage social integration, and to celebrate a culture of achievement and fair play.
We are committed to a number of other initiatives for the social inclusion of children and young people. In the UK, through Cairn Capital, we support Magic Breakfast, which provides healthy breakfasts to needy children at British schools, the Prince’s Trust, which helps young people get into work, the Coram Foundation, which directly supports vulnerable children and their families, and STOP the Traffik, which campaigns against human trafficking. Through Compagnie Monégasque de Banque, we also support the Monaco Hotel Management School, which trains talented young people for the luxury tourism and hospitality industry, a key sector of Monaco’s economy.
As RAM Active Investments we operate via RAM Active Philanthropy Foundation which is active with: the UNHCR, the leading world organization working at the front line to save human lives and protect the rights of millions of refugees; Fondation Miracles, which, via the MIRACLES CENTRE in Mostar (Bosnia-Herzegovina), provides prostethic care for the highest possible number of persons disabled by or victims of anti-personnel mines; and Children of the Dawn, which helps orphans and children of HIV-positive parents in various aparts of southern Africa.
Finally, we are a partner of the Valore D Association, which promotes women leaders in business and in 2018 signed their Manifesto for women in the workplace, reiterating our commitment to making gender diversity a value.
Manifesto for women in the workplace
The Manifesto is being promoted by Valore D, an association of companies which seeks to promote diversity, talent and female leadership for the growth of businesses and the Italian nation in general.
In particular the Group is committed to:
- Instituting careful monitoring of the number of women working for the company, with the objective of improving gender disparity indicators
- Increasing female representation in all areas of the business, supporting their development including through appropriate training programmes and instruments which can facilitate the need to balance work and home commitments.
The Prisoners Ask Why
Mediobanca and Tempo di Libri have launched a project to promote social inclusion in prisons through reading.
The project, which is being promoted by Mediobanca and non-profit organization L’Arte di vivere con Lentezza in conjunction with the annual publishing fair Tempo di Libri, has been created with a view to Fostering social inclusion in prisons through reading.
Five institutions are taking part in The Prisoners Ask Why: San Vittore (Milan), Piacenza, Pavia, Bollate, and the “Cesare Beccaria” young offender institution in Milan.
The questions, which are collected and sent in advance to the authors, will be answered at a series of meetings to be held in the five institutions, starting with the “Torre del Gallo” in Pavia on 13 February 2018.
In continuity with the Mediobanca Sport Camp organized for young offenders at the “Cesare Beccaria” institute in Milan, the project aims to provide inmates with a window on the outside world, through the answers given by the authors to their profoundest questions.
Some of the “Whys?” collected to date may be found here: why?
For further information on the project: press release
Don Gnocchi Foundation
The Mediobanca Group’s support for the Don Gnocchi Foundation, a non-profit organization, forms part of our commitment to social inclusion in line with our strategic decision to promote sport as a way to bring people together and share values.
Mediobanca has worked alongside the Don Gnocchi Foundation for some years, and has decided to direct its contribution specifically to the sporting and social/educational activities offered by the Centro Vismara towards the south of Milan
The Centre’s activities include the “Sport exclusively for all” project, the purpose of which is to ensure that children and young people with disabilities too have equal access to sport and physical education.
The initiative is addressed primarily to children and young people living in the suburbs to the south of Milan, and provides further confirmation of Mediobanca’s commitment to promoting social integration in the city’s suburban areas.
Mediobanca Group INSIEME
Organised in partnership with CUS Milano Rugby and sponsored by the City of Milan, INSIEME (“Together”) promotes social inclusion through sport in a number of areas on the outskirts of the city. The project launched in the Quarto Oggiaro neighbourhood and in the coming years will be extended to the Baggio and Via Padova districts, with the goal of reaching at least 1500 boys and girls aged between 8 and 14.
CUS Milano Rugby organises activities through a team of qualified professionals, who visit at least three local schools per area to introduce children to rugby, volleyball and athletics. After-school training sessions are organised at a local sports centre throughout the school year.
The children also benefit from the presence of a sports psychologist and are given a check-up by a doctor to make sure they are fit to do sport. All necessary equipment is provided free of charge.
The INSIEME project celebrated a major milestone on 3 May 2018, with the unveiling of new rugby and volleyball pitches at the Sant’Agnese parish oratory in the Quarto Oggiaro area of Milan. In attendance were the Chief Executive Officer of Mediobanca, the mayor of Milan Giuseppe Sala, the President of the CUS Milano Rugby club, and Sergio Vicinanza. Diego Dominguez, the project co-ordinator, also took part.
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Mediobanca Sport Camp
Mediobanca Sport Camp is an initiative for detainees at the Cesare Beccaria Young Offender Institution in Milan. Sponsored by the Group and overseen by the City of Milan, the initiative aims to use sport to promote social interaction and facilitate offenders’ reintegration into society after serving their sentences. The first Sport Camp involved around forty offenders aged 16 to 21 and focused on various team sports (rugby, soccer, swimming and basketball), providing them with a constructive use of time while in custody.
Alongside training sessions, time was also dedicated to discussing the values and spirit of rugby and sport in general, and the importance of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle. The initiative provided an opportunity to upgrade the institution’s playing field with rugby goalposts and new soccer goals.
For more information, visit www.mediobanca.com/it/stampa-comunicazione/news/gruppo-mediobanca-sport-camp-2017
Italian Paralympic Committee
On 12 May 2016, Mediobanca Group teamed up with the Italian Paralympic Committee (CIP) to help support and spread the values of Paralympic sport.
Mediobanca, Compass and CheBanca! have worked with the CIP at leading events such as the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (7–18 September 2016), and will continue to do so at the Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games and the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. The partnership also covers the Italian Paralympic Awards, National Paralympic Day (2016, 2018 and 2020), and all national and international events promoted by the CIP and dedicated to the Paralympic ideal.
The Italian Paralympic Committee is a confederation of national Paralympic sports federations. It was established in March 2005 to coordinate and organise sporting events across the country and to promote Paralympic sports as a means to the social and cultural integration of people with disabilities. The CIP is the Paralympic counterpart of the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI).