Fondazione Zegna was founded by the fourth generation of the Zegna family in 2000 to improve the quality of life of communities and individuals around the world. A mission whose roots are derived in the ethos of the company’s founder, Ermenegildo, for whom ethics, business and aesthetics were intrinsically interwoven. Ermenegildo was a visionary man who in the 1930’s created one of the earliest Italian industrial examples of environmental and social patronage, through the reforestation of the mountain area surrounding the eponymous wool mill and the establishment of welfare facilities for the local community. Throughout the last decade Fondazione Zegna has been supporting and funding sustainable projects in cooperation with non-profit organizations operating in various fields, in different parts of the world and locally, with the distinct aim of sustainably improving the quality of life for people.
Fondazione Zegna is based in Trivero, where Casa Zegna, an historical archive and cultural center is also situated.International humanitarian initiatives are coordinated across four key areas of activity:
- Conservation and amelioration of environmental and cultural resources:
Through the support of FAI which safeguards Italian heritage and environment, WWF CHINA for Panda protection and OCEANA to safeguard the world’s oceans.
- Fostering sustainable development in local communities, in Italy and beyond:
Through the coordination of projects such as CARE&SHARE India with training, nutrition and microcredit projects and AMREF in Africa to provide fresh water.
- Support for medical and scientific research:
Through the support in China of ST. JUDE CHILDREN’S RESEARCH HOSPITAL for leukemia research and treatment in Beijing and CREAThE ONLUS to help reduce the risk of the transmission of HIV in Europe.
- Education and training for young people:
Projects supported include musical scholarships with Valery Gergiev’s MARIINSKIJ THEATER in Russia, FONDAZIONE PISTOLETTO – CITTADELLARTE in Italy, CARE&SHARE India with a tailoring training school and INSTITUTO RIO to develop musical sensibility in the favelas of Rio, Brazil.
Fondazione Zegna recognizes and is thankful for the hundreds of men and women who work every day with passion and commitment for the local and international projects we support.