Six months full of international events

In the six months of Milan Expo 2015, the calendar will be full of events in all Fondazione Cariplo’s areas of focus.

Our foundation is one of the main partners in Cascina Triulza - Civil Society Pavilion, that will serve as headquarters of nonprofit organizations during the 2015 universal exposition, and have a room dedicated to Pier Mario Vello, Fondazione Cariplo’s former Secretary General who suddenly and prematurely passed away last June.

Cascina Triulza will host a session of the Annual General Assembly (AGA) & Conference of the European Foundation Centre (EFC), that is going to held in Milan from May 20 to May 22.

The EFC AGA & Conference will bring together philanthropists from all over the world to discuss technological innovation, social housing and the environment, including LET - Landscape Expo Tour cycling routes, a project promoted by our Foundation. Six hundred delegates will come to Milan hosted by Fondazione Cariplo and the other Italian foundations on the EFC AGA & Conference Host Committee, including, among others, Compagnia di San Paolo, CRT, Umanamente,  Enel Cuore, Bracco, Unicredit, Fondazione di Venezia.

For the EFC AGA & Conference, our Foundation has also launched a contest for young musicians, in collaboration with two Italian radio stations, Radio Italia and R101. The winner of the contest will record his/her jingle about philanthropy which is going to be played during the EFC AGA & Conference 2015.

Before that, on May 18 and 19, our Foundation will host at Palazzo Clerici the meeting of the Global Alliance for the Future of Food. Coming together to discuss food and agriculture systems, the 200 delegates will include representatives from the world’s major foundations such as the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Fondation Agropolis. The latter is France’s largest foundation and a partner of Fondazione Cariplo in the development of rice research projects.

On May 19, Fondazione Cariplo will participate in the Caritas Expo Day to discuss poverty issues.

From May 24 through May 31 there will be the World Fair Trade Week 2015, a weeklong event featuring meetings and activities for the promotion and development of fair trade. Organized by Italian NGOs, its goals are to raise public awareness and increase visibility of fair trade and its virtuous cycle, build synergies, exchange knowledge and share skills for people working in the field, reaching no less than 100,000 people directly and 600,000 people across the country.

July 1 to July 3, the Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF 2015) will be back to Europe after being held in other continents in the previous seven editions. The world’s most inclusive social enterprise event will bring together over 1,000  participants: entrepreneurs, investors, scholars, supporters, foundations, philanthropists and representatives from those governments that are most active in promoting social economy development.

On September 24, together with the European Investment Bank Institute Fondazione Cariplo will have the Social Innovation Tournament. The initiative is organised every year to reward and sponsor European entrepreneurs whose primary purpose is to generate a social, ethical or environmental impact.


18-19 May 2015 | Palazzo Clerici, Milan - by invitation only

GAFF 2015

International dialogue: Understanding, Learning and Innovating - The Agriculture and  Food Systems Sustainability Challenge is a unique opportunity to explore and mobilize positive action toward sustainable, secure, and equitable food and agriculture systems. Aimed at funders and key international stakeholders, this symposium will present case studies that demonstrate inspirational change in critical food systems issues, and engage participants in robust dialogue on what we can do locally and globally to foster innovation and grow effective solutions.

For more info visit www.futureoffood.org

20-22 May 2015 | Mi.Co - Milano Congressi, Milan - by invitation only
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Philanthropy, Visions & Energy for Change. The city of Milan will host the European Foundation Centre’s (EFC) 26th Annual General Assembly (AGA) and Conference. The EFC is the international association, based in Brussels, active in the promotion and strengthening of the philanthropic sector in Europe and worldwide. Three weeks after the official opening of the EXPO, scheduled on May 1st, 2015, the Conference will provide a valuable opportunity for foundations to meet and engage with civil society and in particular with the Third Sector on issues critical to the development and the future of philanthropy. Closely paralleling the EXPO theme of Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life, the AGA conference in 2015 will not only embrace the challenge of the sustainable development of our planet but will go beyond to also focus on youth, corporate engagement in social equality and community resilience. The AGA and Conference is expected to attract over 600 delegates from all over the world.

For more info visit www.efc.be


From May to October 2015 | EXPO 2015


The Cascina Triulza construction covers an area of 7,900 square meters. The Triulza Foundation, a group of national and international organizations selected by competitive tender, manages the farmstead together with Expo Milano 2015. Cascina Triulza represents not only a unique space dedicated to the third sector, but also a place where companies, public institutions and international organizations can showcase and promote their best practices in collaboration with civil society organizations.

For more info visit www.expo2015.org


19 May 2015 | EXPO 2015

Expo Caritas

An Expo day dedicated to Caritas, where the Caritas directors from 200 Countries all over the world will be attending. The results of the international Campaign One human family, food for all, launched by Pope Francis in 2013, will be shown. The world food campaign promotes worldwide all the necessary actions in order to guarantee healthy and sufficient food for everyone as well as the legal means to obtain it.


For more info visit expo.caritasambrosiana.it 


23-31 May 2015 | Ex Ansaldo - Hotel Klima - Fabbrica del Vapore – Politecnico di Milano, Milan

WFTO Conference

The 7-day event will focus on the innovative meaning of Fair Trade, through the concept of “responsibility.” Artisans, farmers, marketers, promoters and advocates will arrive from all over the world to share their experiences, and we will incorporate a perspective of “domestic” Fair Trade as well. The participating Fair Trade Organisations ensure product excellence and quality, virtuous supply-chains and true development to “feed” the world. These organisations and individuals are the leading actors of what Fair Trade means.

For more info visit www.fairtradeweek2015.org


1-3 July 2015 | Auditorum of EXPO - IULM University, Milan

SEWF 2015

Growing a new economy. The Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) is a major international event that supports the growth of social enterprises worldwide. In Italy and in Europe the widespread perception that the established models of development are no longer sustainable gave new energy to the debate on the role and the impact of social enterprises. The 8th edition of SEWF that the Foundation ACRA-CCS will organize in Milan in July 2015, will be the expression of the most interesting and the most innovative experiences worked out in Italy, in Europe and in the world. This forum will give to social enterprises, policy makers, operators the opportunity to meet, confront and grow together.

For more info visit sewf2015.org


24 September 2015 | Centro Congressi Fondazione Cariplo, Milan

The Social Innovation Tournament

The Social Innovation Tournament is the flagship initiative of the European Investment Bank Institute. It is organised every year in a different  country to reward and sponsor European entrepreneurs whose primary purpose is to generate a social, ethical or environmental impact. Three prizes are awarded by a Jury, composed of specialists from the academic and business world. In 2015, the Special Category Prize will go to projects addressing equal opportunities issues with a special emphasis on people with disabilities. Projects are typically related to fighting unemployment, marginalisation of disadvantaged communities and promoting access to education in a wide range of fields, from education and health care to natural or urban environment, through new technologies, new systems, and new processes.

For more info visit institute.eib.org