Amplifon Foundation

Vision

The Amplifon Foundation aims at enabling individuals to achieve their full potential in life through social inclusion. It consolidates our social commitment towards the community and our stakeholders and embodies the values of our corporate purpose of “empowering people”.

The Amplifon Foundation is the corporate foundation created by Amplifon in 2020, on occasion of our seventieth anniversary, as a means of giving back value to the community.

Strategy

The strategy of Amplifon Foundation was designed to leverage on the expertise of the Company, on the know-how of Amplifon Centre for Research and Studies (CRS), and on the work of our other Foundations active around the world such as the Miracle-Ear Foundation in the US and Fundación GAES Solidaria in Spain. While they will keep on pursuing their precious activity, the analysis of our key stakeholders’ expectations and social needs highlighted the need to launch this new dedicated philanthropic vehicle for managing and valuing Amplifon’s efforts for the community in a concerted way.

The Amplifon Foundation will represent the point of reference to implement and fund impactful projects for local communities, in Italy and abroad, that are aligned with its goals.

The Amplifon Foundation works to empower and include persons at risk of social marginalization with a particular focus on youngsters with hearing loss and seniors within their communities.

MISSION

Our areas of action

ENABLING PARTICIPATION

Removing barriers to enable seniors and hearing-impaired individuals to access social, recreational and cultural opportunities.

DIVERSITY & EMPLOYABILITY

Empowering disadvantaged young people, with a focus on hearing-impaired youngsters, to help them take part in the labor market.

INCLUSIVE COMMUNITIES

Promoting education and awareness in the community in order to fight all kind of stigma and foster inclusion of marginalized people.

Board of Trustees

The Amplifon Foundation is an independent body registered as a charity under the Laws of Italy whose ultimate objective is the delivery of public benefit. To keep up to this purpose, the Foundation has its own Board of Trustees and makes its own decisions on which charitable activities to support.

Susan Carol Holland

Chairperson
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Susan Carol Holland

Chairperson

With a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and Psychology from Keele University (UK), and a Master's in Speech Therapy from the University of Milan, Susan Carol Holland worked as a speech therapist at Milan General Hospital from 1982 to 1983 and as marketing assistant in Amplisystem, Personal Computer department of Amplifon from 1983 to 1991. She joined the Board of Directors of Amplifon in 1988. In 1993 she was appointed Vice-chairperson of the group and became Chairperson in 2011. 
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Maria Cristina Ferradini

Board member & General Manager
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Maria Cristina Ferradini

Board member & General Manager

Qualified lawyer since 1996, Maria Cristina spent 15 years working on corporate law. In 2010, she became Managing Director of the Vodafone Italy Foundation, and Italian representative at the G7 Social Innovation Task Force. She is Member of the Advisory Board of Istituto Leone XIII - a Jesuit foundation and of DelColle SRL. She’s co-founder of the Women’s Care Trust, against femicide and bullying. Professional interests are economics and the digital revolution. Some of these topics were investigated in her essay “Umano Digitale. L’Italia al bivio” (Marsilio 2014). Personal interests include reading, golf, Tuscany, white wine and flea markets.
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Luigi Colombo

Board member
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Luigi Colombo

Board member

With a bachelor’s degree in Law from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano, he has been a certified statutory auditor since 2001.

He started his career in the early 1970’s, working at his own legal firm until the mid-1990’s when he became partner of Studio Legale Associato Miele. He further developed his career at Studio Legale Associato corrispondente Ernst & Young until joining the law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in 2003 where he currently holds the position of Senior Counsel. He also holds offices in Italian companies as Director, Statutory Auditor and Secretary to the Board of Directors.

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Martino Cortese

Board member
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Martino Cortese

Board member

Mrs Holland’s first-born son , with a degree in Economics and an MBA at IE Business School of Madrid, Martino Cortese is a social innovation enthusiast, truly convinced of the fundamental role that companies play within our modern society and therefore the responsibilities and actions that each stakeholder should take in order to build and promote a more inclusive, equal and sustainable world for future generations to come.

Already board member of Amplifon’s holding company, Martino continues the family’s legacy by providing the Foundation with a “purpose-driven” mindset and the perspective and experience gained as a social entrepreneur.

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Francesca Morichini

Board member
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Francesca Morichini

Board member

Francesca graduated in political sciences from LUISS University in Rome. She started her career in HR in 2001 at Barilla.

In 2004 Francesca joined L’Oréal as HR Manager – Consumer Goods for Italy and after two years transferred to the Paris headquarters where she was appointed HR Coordinator Central & Eastern Europe – Consumer Goods.

After 3 years, she returned to Italy as Global Human Resources Director at Bialetti Industrie. In 2010 she joined Whirpool EMEA, where she took on positions of increasing responsibility until being appointed as Vice President Human Resources EMEA in 2015.

Francesca is Chief HR officer since 2017.

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Andrea Silvestri

Board member
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Andrea Silvestri

Board member

Tax Lawyer, Andrea coordinates the lawfirm Bonelli Erede’s Tax Deparment assisting national and international companies and organizations.

Holding bachelor’s degrees in Economics and in Law, a PhD in Tax Law from University of Rome “La Sapienza” and a Master of Laws in Taxation from Boston University, he has accompanied his professional life with theoretical research.

Today he is Professor of International Taxation at the University of Rome  LUISS-Business School and teaches in other Masters and Post Lauream programs such as Bocconi University in Milan. He also holds governance positions in several companies.

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How to ask for support

We will be more than happy to support initiatives under our three areas of action: enabling particpationdiversity & employability and inclusive communities.

 

Should your charitable project or initiative fall under our areas of intervention and require support or a donation, we are willing to receive your request1.  Just send us an e-mail and we will get back to you.

1. The Foundation will support projects submitted by registered non-profit entities, ONGs, social enterprises, schools and universities only. 
The Foundation’s areas of intervention
inspired by four of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals

Quality education

Decent work

Reduced inequalities

Sustainable cities

Quality education

Quality education

Quality education

UN Sustainable Development Goal - 4

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Decent work

Decent work

Decent work & economic growth

UN Sustainable Development Goal  - 8

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

Reduced inequalities

Reduced inequalities

Reduced inequalities

UN Sustainable Development Goal  - 10

Reduce inequality within and among countries.

Sustainable cities

Sustainable cities

Sustainable cities & communities

UN Sustainable Development Goal  - 11

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

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