Earth day: not just today!
Thursday 22 April 2021
Join us in celebrating Earth Day, an important initiative to remind everyone globally of the importance of environmental sustainability and that we must all be part of the solution in making a concrete difference
Organisations across the globe today are actively celebrating Earth Day 2021 and at UniCredit we are happy to mark this important day with some highlights and initiatives we have planned to mark our commitments towards climate change and the environment in general. Our recently published 2020 Integrated Report highlighted several key ESG trends that show the changing social and market context, and why companies in our sector and beyond must adjust and be part of the solution.
As we all know, 2020 was a year of great challenges and one which has brought ESG issues more to the fore than ever before. One example of this is the EU recovery plan, which coupled with the Next Generation EU initiative aims to provide 1.8 trillion euros to build a more modern and sustainable Europe post the pandemic crisis. This includes 672.5 billion euros from the Recovery and Resilience Facility for green and digital transitions and 10 billion euros from the Just Transition Fund for climate neutrality
Client and stakeholders' demands are changing
It is in this context that ESG must be seen as an important driver of positive change and a business opportunity that banks and other companies and organisations cannot afford to miss
of consumers have changed their purchase preferences on E or S grounds
(Capgemini Research Institute)
of millennials expect to have a job with a societal impact working for a purpose-driven company
(World Economic Forum)
of organisations feel stakeholder pressure to improve their sustainability efforts
Snapshot of our achievements in 2020
This week and today, across some of our geographies, we have initiatives and recognitions dedicated
to these commitments and to Earth Day:
To celebrate Earth Day and continue to take collective action on environmental sustainability, all employees are encouraged to share how they are being sustainable in their daily lives. The purpose of this initiative is to increase our collective engagement and inspire each other to find additional ways to be more environmentally sustainable each day. As One Team, we are already taking action to support the environment in several ways. One such example is our collaboration with Treedom to create the UniCredit forest, which as of today, has engaged more than 4000 Group colleagues to redeem their personal tree.
Sustainability is key for our future, so how will we continue to Do the right thing?
A challenge to all Unicredit employees was launched today to collect ideas and inspiration on concrete actions for greater environmental sustainability.
Connect4Climate for Startup Your Life, is an in-depth webinar on the topics of sustainability and climate change, created by UniCredit's Social Impact Banking team in partnership with World Bank Group, our partner for Startup Your Life.
Starting with this edition of the programme, thanks to our collaboration, youngsters taking part in Startup Your Life will have an optional course on climate change issues available on the platform. The webinar is a further opportunity to refocus the attention of young people on some of these issues during World Earth Day. The event, in the form of a panel discussion, will be attended by distinguished guests
UniCredit has recently signed a partnership with PCUP for the purchase of glasses made of food-grade silicone, an innovative material which is totally plastic free, reusable, flexible and resistant, ergonomic and pocket-sized, inexpensive and made in Italy. PCUP's glasses are also made up of a "soul": a chip that transforms them into a means of consuming and offering drinks, as well as conveying and sharing information content, through a connected app to be downloaded onto your smartphone. PCUP was born thanks to the idea of two youngster from Liguria and was the protagonist, reaching 3rd place of the 2019 edition of UniCredit's StartLab initiative, our business platform for innovative startups and SMEs created by the Bank, in the Innovative Made in Italy category.
UniCredit Bank AG ("HypoVereinsbank") has been recognised as one of the '50 Sustainable and Climate Leaders' in a global communication campaign in partnership with Bloomberg that highlights and celebrates the companies leading the way in working to ensure a sustainable future.
ZEIT Publishing's ZEIT Conference online event called "Transformation of the Economy, The Role of Financial Services and Capital Markets" takes place today on the occasion of World Earth Day 2021. Andrea Rexer, UniCredit Head of I&C Germany and Head of Institutional Affairs & Sustainability Germany, will join the virtual panel discussion to present UniCredit and UniCredit Bank AG's ESG commitments