The Human Safety Net
A global movement of people helping people
Whatever happens in life, no one should be held back from reaching their potential.
The Human Safety Net is a global movement of people helping people. Its mission is to unlock the potential of people living in vulnerable circumstances, so that they can transform the lives of their families and communities. The Human Safety Net programs support families with young children and integrate refugees through work. To do so, it brings together the strengths of non-profit organizations and the private sector, in Europe, Asia and South America.
The engine of The Human Safety Net is a foundation initiated by Generali. It extends Generali’s purpose of ‘enabling people to shape a safer and more sustainable future by caring for their lives and dreams’ to the most vulnerable in our society. Generali is mobilizing their people and resources – financial support, time, skills, networks, assets, products - to reach more people and amplify our impact.
“In creating The Human Safety Net, we decided to move beyond a charity approach and to build genuine partnerships between the social and the private sector in order to make the most of our strengths. We applied the rigour of an investor and the attention to data of an insurer. We identified other assets and capabilities to create shared value alongside our partners. By embedding The Human Safety Net into our core business, we can make its impact more meaningful and long-lasting.” Philippe Donnet, Group CEO
The Human Safety Net for Families
Parents have the greatest impact on their children's development. The programme for Families supports parents living in vulnerable circumstances during the first six years of their children’s life, laying the strongest possible foundations for their children future and contributing to Early Childhood Development (ECD).
The Human Safety Net for Refugee Start-Ups
Refugees have the talent and resilience to build successful businesses – but they need dedicated support. The Refugee Start-Ups programme helps refugees flourish as entrepreneurs to integrate them into their host countries.
How we work
The Human Safety Net is a net bringing together the expertise and experience of dozens of NGOs, social enterprises and experts worldwide. It is a community acting together to amplify each organization’s impact.
The foundation acts as a competence center on programmes and provides an additional source of funding to Generali business unites in the countries. It assesses partners through a robust selection and due diligence process, coordinates programme design and implementation, monitors progress and shares lessons learned as part of a global Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning system.
All programmes depend on a strong, eye-level partnership between The Human Safety Net’s NGO partners and Generali companies active within the same communities. This is how we can add the greatest value to NGO partners and have a greater impact on our beneficiaries.
The Human Safety Net is deeply connected to our purpose and culture. Generali decided to engage all its assets and capabilities in this initiative and to enable our people to actively participate, through meaningful volunteering activities, available in a Global Volunteering platform. Access is allowed to all Generali employee, agents and the NGO Partners and it embeds a wide variety of volunteering activities.
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Venice, the home of The Human Safety Net
The Home of The Human Safety Net Foundation is hosted in the Procuratie Vecchie on St Mark’s Square in Venice. Amplifying our impact, Generali has renovated the building, where founders first established their offices in Venice back in 1832. The name of the building itself, Procuratie Vecchie, traces back to the Procuratori, its first inhabitants and high officials who ran the Venetian republic. They administered the city, and were also in charge of social issues. All this makes a significant connection to The Human Safety Net mission today.
All over the world, Venice is a city famous for its imagination, ingenuity and openness, welcoming millions of visitors every year. For the first time in 500 years, Procuratie Vecchie are open to the public. Tourists and Venetians can discover the challenges that vulnerable people face, learn about the social impact of The Human Safety Net programs and how they can help, through an interactive journey, the exhibition “A World of Potential”. Our home symbolically bridge the gaps between open and closed spaces, ancient institutions, social issues and future challenges.
With this open spirit, we welcome Venetians and visitors alike, inviting everyone to explore, get inspired, exchange ideas, and amplify the impact of The Human Safety Net together. The area around St Mark’s Square come alive as a place to act in the spirit of our movement.
Find more information about the Procuratie Vecchie here.
Today, The Human Safety Net manages programmes and activities in 26 countries on 3 continents: Europe, South America and Asia.
Visit TheHumanSafetyNet.org to learn more.