The marginalisation of the most vulnerable is damaging for the entire community from all perspectives. Everyone can actually make their own contribution to developing the local area and the community in which they live, but they need support and a solid and inclusive social network.
On the strength of this belief, we support many projects targeted at social inclusion in different areas.
Sport is a powerful way of bringing people together socially and through our projects we support its strong values: loyalty, sense of belonging, determination and team work.
INSIEME is a three-year project created in collaboration with CUS Milano Rugby and the Municipality of Milan to promote sport for young people from socially disadvantaged backgrounds and at risk of exclusion in several outer-Milan districts. The initiative, launched in 2017 by the Quarto Oggiaro zone, was subsequently extended to via Padova and will involve Baggio from next November. In addition to the teaching of the sporting disciplines of rugby, volleyball and track and field, we also provide a psychologist who offers support for the most difficult family situations. Group volunteers also took part activities in the field.
In 2016, we teamed up with the Italian Paralympic Committee (CIP) for the #Oltre (“Beyond”) project, aimed at supporting and spreading the values of Paralympic sport as a way to encourage social integration, and to celebrate a culture of achievement and open and fair play.
This year too we decided to bring the values of sport to the challenging environment of prison, running our multi-sport camp at the “Cesare Beccaria” young offenders’ institution for the fourth year. The camp offers the detainees an opportunity to take part in a variety of sports for a week, in a competitive environment which instills respect for the rules and fair play. We also carried out maintenance and reports to the sports facilities as part of our involvement. Different volunteers take part in the activities each year, working together with the staff.
Social and job inclusion
We promote and support projects that address difficult family and personal situations, by attempting to reintegrate young people at risk of truancy and social exclusion into the community and job networks.
The Woodworking Academy represents, for us at Mediobanca, a stand-out project in the field of social inclusion. Set up on the back of a three-year partnership with Cometa Foundation, the Academy is an artisan start-up which focusses heavily on social inclusion and offers job opportunities to young people from difficult social, economic and personal backgrounds. The undertaking, now in its second year of activity, aims to become a sustainable and independent business entity which produces services and products of excellence in furniture and interior design and, at the same time, aims to help young people and marginalised young people in their future personal and professional growth.
This initiative, promoted together with l’Arte di vivere con Lentezza Onlus and in collaboration with Kasa dei Libri, involves the world of prisons with the goal of promoting their social inclusion through reading. Major Italian writers take part in the project, who answer questions from prisoners throughout a series of meetings organised in the prisons signed up to the programme. The project started to also involve group volunteers from the second edition.
Through Mediobanca UK, we launched a partnership with the charity that offers young people from disadvantaged backgrounds tailored career coaching meetings to help get them into the world of work, also thanks to the direct intervention of employees in the role of voluntary trainers.
For the second year in a row, we contributed to the socio-educational activities of the “Vismara-Don Gnocchi” Centre in Milan, in an area with social problems and subsequent truancy. Various Mediobanca employees took part in the Foundation’s activities as volunteers.
Cairn Capital supports this historic UK charity that provides practical and direct support to vulnerable children and young people thanks to the search for adoptive families and help for traumatised children.
Cairn Capital supports this international organisation which combats human trafficking and modern slavery networks. We carried out activities to raise public awareness via training and information campaigns overseen by the British intelligence services.
Cairn Capital supports this academic association which offers support to students from disadvantaged backgrounds in London, helping them to improve their school performances.
Compagnie Monégasque de Banque supports the school in offering talented young people the opportunity to develop their skills for the luxury tourism and hospitality industry, a key sector of Monaco’s economy.
Health is an inalienable human right. Assistance for the sick is not only important from a medical point of view, but from a psychological perspective. For this reason, we support numerous charities active in the Milan area in the health and socio-assistance domain.
VIDAS provides complete healthcare and assistance free of charge to patients suffering with terminal cancer, both at home and in the Casa Vidas hospice in Milan. We pledged our contribution to the association first to the construction and then to the activities of the Casa Sollievo Bimbi which provides care and relief for children and young people at advanced stages of incurable diseases and their families.
Cairn Capital supports this Foundation for young adults aged from 16 to 40 who live with potentially lethal diseases. We contributed to “Special Days”, an initiative that organises memorable events which can give a sense of normality to the lives of those suffering with illness, or that gives them an opportunity to realise a dream.
RAM Active Investments, through the RAM Active Philanthropy Foundation, backs this organisation based in South Africa which supports initiatives for the care of orphans as a result of their parents dying from AIDS.
RAM Active Investments supports this association which seeks to improve the health of the rural populations in India, Cambodia and Madagascar by offering them sustainable and independent access to safe drinking water.
RAM Active Investments backs the UNICEF programmes to support families and children affected by the 2018 disaster in Indonesia and to protect the families of the Rohingya community refugees.
RAM Active Investments supports this Swiss organisation which, as part of a “specialised care” programme, welcomes children with diseases and malformations who require specialised operations and advanced technologies not available in their country of origin.