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All roads lead to a more sustainable society


In Italy we launched the third edition of our “Road to Social Change” initiative, a sustainability training path for businesses, non-profit organisations and institutions. Road to Social Change aims to generate positive social impact beyond lending alone, by developing and increasing competency and knowledge in the fields of sustainability and ESG.

Promoted by UniCredit’s Banking Academy, our latest programme focused on the interdependence between economic, environmental, social and community areas, supporting our clients in taking significant steps towards a long-term sustainable, equitable and inclusive society.

Three Road to Social Change events were held in 2023, with participation free and open to all:

  • North Central Region: Social dimension in production processes
    Placing the social dimension at the centre of development strategies, in order to promote a competitive model guided both by economic performance and the impact and social value that businesses and organisations generate.
  • Southern Region: Models of governance for sustainable development
    Focusing on governance models as strategic and decisive tools for generating wellbeing. These are organisational in nature and are linked to human rights, health, and inclusivity policies, as well as fundamental aspects for territorial development.
  • Lombardy Region: Final event and award ceremony

Sustainability in all its forms is an integral part of UniCredit’s strategy. I am thinking, for example, of the two Senior Green Bonds issued for a total of €2 billion, the first €155 million social bond, and the 50,000 people we have involved in our initiatives to raise awareness of ESG issues. With Road to Social Change we intend to foster collaboration between the corporate world, non-profit associations and public bodies with educational paths for the training of new professionals centred on the social dimension of business."

Francesca Perrone

Head of ESG and Start Lab Italy

Launching ESG Linked Loans for Italian SMEs

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Channeling funds into climate-friendly initiatives

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