Co-founder, San Patrignano Foundation
BACKGROUND/ Academic and professional background
Businesswoman with 25 years of international activities
1994-1996 President of RAI
2001-2006 Minister for Education, University and Scientific Research
2006-2011 Mayor of Milan
Member of the Italian Advisory Board – Social Impact Investment Taskforce established by the G8, and of the International Board of the Movement for the Positive Economy
ACHIEVEMENT/ What is your project, initiative, start-up, company all about?
San Patrignano is a long term therapeutic drug rehabilitation community which welcomes young people completely free of charge. The funds required to maintain the young residents and facilities come from the activities and goods and services produced and from private donations and contributions. San Patrignano has also been committed to the prevention of drug addiction and abuse through initiatives both inside the community and throughout Italy.
LOCATION/ In which city, country, part of the world do you conduct your activities?
Milano – taly
IMPACT/ What is the positive economic, social, political, environmental…of the activity, project, initiative, start-up, company?
San Patrignano is a social enterprise with a significant beneficial impact for Italy. It helps young people struggling to find their dignity returning them to society fully reintegrated. A study carried out by the Universities of Bologna, Urbino and Pavia shows that the 72% of Community residents, after completing the educational program, are fully reintegrated into the society and remain drug-free.
Savings for the state are due also to the fact that permanence is completely free of charge.
QUOTE/ A saying, quote or reference phrase that tells something about you
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world” cit. Mahatma Gandhi