A life journey together for a better future
Children remind us, with their spontaneity, what it means to be human, inspiring us to rediscover universal values such as tolerance, inclusion and solidarity. In order to be able to express their potential, every child has the right to grow up healthy and in safe conditions, to not be discriminated, to be listened to. We must always put the protection of their well-being and all their rights at the centre if we want to safeguard the future of everyone.
We have been working for 20 years with Save the Children, the international organisation that has been fighting for over 100 years to save girls and boys at risk and guarantee them a future. As a company and through the Giuseppe and Pericle Lavazza Onlus Foundation, since 2001 we have collaborated on various programmes aimed initially at mitigating emergencies, then at promoting the health of mothers and their children, supporting youths and welcoming underage migrants. The initiatives were developed in nine different countries: Italy, Yemen, Indonesia, Nepal, India, Ivory Coast, China, Vietnam and Myanmar. The projects we have developed in collaboration with Save the Children have transformed the lives of thousands of people who, thanks to the possibility of having an education, now have a different outlook on life.
"These 20 years of collaboration make us Save the Children's longest-standing partner company. A record that makes us proud and excites us, especially when we look back at the many projects we have developed together and remember the faces of some of their young beneficiaries" – says Mario Cerutti, Chief of Institutional Relations and Sustainability Officer of the Lavazza Group. "This is a stage in a journey that continues: with a strong sense of a sincere sharing of values that place the protection of all children's rights at the centre, we are already planning together for the coming years to create targeted aid programmes in the communities where we operate as an international group".
"We are glad to have reached this milestone together. Our partnership with Lavazza Group and Foundation has been able to grow and renew itself over time, always aiming to promote the rights of the most vulnerable children. This is even more urgent now that the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic around the world is amplifying inequalities, depriving so many more children and their families of health, resources they need to survive, and of the essential means they need to grow, such as education" – stresses Daniela Fatarella, General Director of Save the Children Italy. "In addition to this, we think it is very important to develop our collaboration more and more to protect children's rights in the activities related to Lavazza Group's supply chain, in order to create positive and sustainable changes in the communities where it operates".