UniCredit proudly relaunches its Foundation with a renewed focus on youth and education, committing to empowering Europe’s young generations to unlock their fullest potential by offering equal education opportunities and providing them with the right tools for a brighter and better future.

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Young people are lagging behind in the midst of the lingering effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and the continuously evolving European labour market. About 250 million young students in Europe leave school without basic reading, writing, and math skills, and secondary school graduates have a 58% employment rate versus 85% for those with university degrees.


In line with UniCredit’s ambition to be the bank for Europe’s future, the UniCredit Foundation is relaunching its Purpose: unlocking the potential of Europe’s next generation by offering them equal educational opportunities and the necessary tools to achieve successful academic careers, allowing them to prosper. The Foundation aims to work towards combating early school drop-out, enhancing employability, encouraging university attainment and supporting study and research for Europe’s next generation.


Would you like to find out more about UniCredit Foundation’s new purpose? Watch the video.

To pursue this new journey, the Board of Directors of the UniCredit Foundation ETS (Third Sector Entity) has appointed Andrea Orcel as Chairman for the next three years, succeeding the outgoing President Maurizio Beretta. Giorgio Barba Navaretti has been nominated as Vice-Chairman and Silvia Cappellini as the new General Manager.


Serenella De Candia, UniCredit Group Compliance Officer, will maintain her role as a member of the Board of Directors, composed of 9 international members, 6 of which are newly elected: Katharina Gehra, Szilvia Gyurkó, Roberto Kutić, Dorith Salvarani-Drill, Gerry Salole and Klaus Schwertner.

Education is essential. It’s a key driver of Europe’s future, and it is our responsibility as an institution to identify, support and empower our youth across Europe – those individuals who will lay the foundation for our continent’s progress and success in the years to come. It is our Purpose to empower our communities to progress, and it is our commitment to promoting social advancement, in line with our ESG strategy and strategic plan,” comments Andrea Orcel, the new Chairman of UniCredit Foundation and UniCredit Group CEO.

The UniCredit Foundation also introduces a new visual identity with bright colours and energetic young people to bring it closer to its target audience.


Visit the UniCredit Foundation’s restyled website and learn more about its new Purpose, Mission, governance, and initiatives!


Together, we can unlock the potential of Europe’s next generation.