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The Group has always believed in research and innovation as key drivers for continuous development and improvement, a belief that goes beyond Company boundaries. Indeed, Moncler’s commitment to promoting research includes the medical-scientific sector, which the Company actively supports through funding and grants.
In 2016, over 1 million euros was earmarked for research grants and loans to support researchers at the Umberto Veronesi Foundation and the IEO (Istituto Europeo di Oncologia – European Institute of Oncology), and for donations to a number of associations and foundations involved in medical research or, more in general, in supporting the ill, including the AIRC (Associazione Italiana per la Ricerca sul Cancro – Italian cancer research association), the IRCCS Foundation (Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori – National tumour institute), the amfAR Foundation (for AIDS Research), and AIL (Associazione Italiana contro le Leucemie – Italian Association against Leukaemia).
The Umberto Veronesi Foundation was established in 2003 to support scientific research of excellence. Its promoters include 11 Nobel Prize winners, who form the Foundation’s Honorary Committee.
The Foundation supports scientific research through grants for young physicians and researchers involved in the most advanced fields of oncology, cardiology, and neuroscience. Furthermore, it actively disseminates scientific information through of conferences, projects with schools, awareness campaigns, and publications.
In 2013, the Foundation launched the Pink is Good project to support breast cancer research and raise prevention awareness across the community. Moncler has strongly supported this project since its inception, by donating part of the revenues generated by its main Italian retail stores during one day in October every year, and by handing out information brochures to clients to raise prevention awareness.
In 2016, Moncler supported the Foundation’s efforts into men’s health prevention by awarding a research grant to a scientist at the “Sapienza” University of Rome (Italy), who is currently studying breast cancer in men. The Company’s support also resulted in the awarding of another research grant, to a researcher at the Humanitas Research Hospital in Rozzano (Italy) engaged in the study of pleural mesothelioma, a cancer caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibres.
Lastly, during the year, Moncler supported the Umberto Veronesi Foundation’s commitment to paediatric oncology by contributing to the Gold for Kids project, which aims at: raising awareness of the delicate issue of paediatric and adolescent cancers, promoting research, and contributing to the development of innovative treatment protocols capable of delivering cutting edge therapies and the highest chance of recovery. In particular, Moncler agreed to fund the 5-year SAR-GEN protocol focusing on bone and soft tissue sarcomas, which account for 10-15% of paediatric cancers.
amfAR is one of the world’s leading non-profit organisations dedicated to ending the global AIDS epidemic through innovative research.
Since 1985, the organization has provided support for AIDS research while also combating the epidemic through international HIV prevention, education, and advocacy programmes.
Moncler has collaborated with amfAR since 2013 by supporting its Countdown to a Cure for AIDS research initiative, aimed at finding a broadly applicable cure for HIV by 2020.
During the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, the 23rd edition of amfAR’s Cinema against AIDS benefit gala included a fashion show and the auction of garments from the most prestigious international fashion brands to raise funds for research. Moncler participated by auctioning garments from the Gamme Rouge collection and by sponsoring the gala’s after-party.