The Intesa Sanpaolo Group has always been committed to biodiversity protection, believing it is one of the most important aspects for the preservation of the planet and its treasures. This commitment is expressed by supporting important initiatives in general and in particular the Park of Monte San Giorgio in Piedmont.
With a view of environmental sustainability, as of June 2010 an agreement was signed with the Province of Turin and the Municipality of Piossasco under which a program of interventions to restore the nursery located in Monte San Giorgio park was launched.
In June 2011 the inauguration of the nursery took place and in May 2013 the new restored areas within the nursery were opened, which will be used by the Municipality for activities to preserve, improve and protect the park, to bring families closer to nature, to stimulate environmental awareness - particularly among young people - and the knowledge that this natural heritage is an asset to be safeguarded and valued.
In 2014 Intesa Sanpaolo renewed its support for the project for three more years.
Furthermore, Intesa Sanpaolo signed an agreement with Comitato Parchi per Kyoto (Kyoto Park Committee) to make the plants located in the nursery available for strategic projects for reforestation and biodiversity protection.
In Milan, at the headquarters of the Insurance Division, in 2015 the project of an "Orto Urbano"(Urban Garden) had its full implementation. It is a multi-year project that, created as a result of employees' request, consists of the establishment of a didactic garden, involving people in a process of training and awareness on the issues of local fruit and vegetable production, environmental sustainability and responsible consumption.
The project was carried out in partnership with the Slow Food Association and in line with the goals outlined by Expo 2015. A "slow" garden aims to be respectfully productive, visually pleasing and functional able to adapt within city and metropolitan contexts and, above all, to be an opportunity for meeting, education and social inclusion.
On the terrace of the Viale Stelvio office in Milan, the colleagues involved meet periodically to carry out the activities related to the seasonal cycle of vegetables cultivation in ad hoc containers (planting, watering, harvesting, fertilizing, etc.). Educational meetings are also organized that, in 2016, will involve, at a distance, colleagues in other offices of the Insurance Division, with the aim to spread the "spirit" of the project, even beyond the direct involvement in the activities.
The Group's International Subsidiaries are also active in the protection of the environment and participate in numerous events, national and international during the year.
In particular, the Serbian Banca Intesa Beograd organized, within the program of corporate volunteering "Intesa from the heart", an initiative that involved the bank's top management in restoration works of the natural reserve of Carska Bara, situated in the Vojvodina region. The group of 40 volunteers gave a practical response to the needs of the Reserve, for the protection of this particularly appreciated environment, through activities in clearing paths, repainting of timber structures for children's play areas and picnic, tree planting. The commitment will continue, strengthening the link between the Bank and its local area.
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Our commitment to the environment (Italian version)