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UniCredit Foundation carries out social and humanitarian initiatives and supports the study and research in the economic, financial and legal fields.
The Foundation also promotes the involvement of UniCredit Group employees in solidarity, study and research initiatives.
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The Falcone Foundation
Professor Maria Falcone
The year we have just been through has had awful effects on health, the economy and schools. In this context, what is the significance of promoting the culture of legality among young people and what support has the UniCredit Foundation, which has always put young people at the center of everything it does, provided?
The year just gone by and, unfortunately, also the first few months of 2021, for which we had such high expectations, have plunged the country into a deep crisis. The health emergency has turned our lives upside down. And in this general climate of disorientation and dramatic economic crisis, as experts prophesized a year ago, the mafia are taking advantage of the needs of the weakest, the lack of work and the unease, especially among young people, to proselytize and do business, and to replace institutions with a kind of distorted welfare system. The enormous hardships experienced in the world of education are a dangerous flaw in the conscience-building of younger generations. Therefore, never before has education in legality, which is at the heart of the Falcone Foundation’s activities, been so important. At the same time, never before, given the logistical difficulties involved in the pandemic, has it been so difficult to carry out projects involving young people. At this time, the action of foundations such as the UniCredit Foundation, whose mission is to promote study and research and to educate young people, is decisive. Over the years, the collaboration of the UniCredit Foundation has enabled the Falcone Foundation to carry out important initiatives, such as the event that, every May 23, on the anniversary of the Capaci massacre, brings thousands of students from all over Italy to Palermo. This is an opportunity to spread the culture of legality, involving hundreds of schools; it is a solid contribution to combat criminal organizations in the knowledge that culture is an indispensable tool in the fight against the mafia, a concept that is very clear to the UniCredit Foundation.
It is born from the merger, completed in April 2018, between UniCredit Foundation, established in 2003 with the goal of contributing to the development of solidarity and philanthropy in the communities and territories primarily where the Group is operating and UniCredit & Universities Foundation, established in 2009 which aims to promote studies and initiatives designed to deepen knowledge in the academic fields of finance, economics, law, politics and the social sciences.