The Foundation for Mutuality Cesare Pozzo
The Foundation Cesare Pozzo for Mutuality was created in 2008 by the Mutual Benefit Society Cesare Pozzo, the largest Italian Society of mutuality in the field of integrative health care, with more than 130 years of experience.
The Mutual Benefit Society gave birth to the Foundation on the one hand to witness a consolidated presence in the field of solidarity, on the other to enhance history, ideas and ethical roots of all expressions of mutualism in the view of the social economy, promoting research, studies and conferences on aspects of the past and present.
With the Foundation, the Mutual Benefit Society implements a dynamic tool to request a full legitimacy of the model of mutual aid in civil society and in the economy in order to increase the well-being and social cohesion.
The Foundation for Mutuality wants to know the mutual aid to a wider audience of civil society and make it clear to all that the projects of mutual aid are an essential tool to bring workers, families, part of the society to more advanced levels of economic well-being, participation and effective enjoyment of the rights of citizenship.
The Foundation wants to open a communication channel more structured and permanent, to those who work on the needs and those who are not included in the fundamental rights, especially in a period of severe social and economic emergency. The Foundation is an entity that can carry out activities of social solidarity without compensation, while the Mutual Benefit Society, by law, cannot do anything, or almost, for non-members.
The Foundation can also be a bridge to the world for profit, to commercial enterprises who care about their reputation in the aspect of social responsibility. To those enterprises the Foundation can talk about solidarity and ethics, although in an operational and cultural different plan: it may open positive comparisons of management practices.
Much can make the Foundation to create favorable conditions towards a virtuous cycle of new relationships and attention. This is accomplished through conferences, training programs, studies and research on social needs and monitoring the quality of services, in order to compare models and behavior of the various actors in the market of social services (non-profit organizations, public bodies and their “dealers”, social cooperation, and profit-making companies).
The activities and cultural events, with a formidable cultural tool such as the Library Cesare Pozzo for Transport and Mutuality can also ensure the attention of the academic and cultural institutions of public history, models and agencies of mutual aid.