Our history

1997

Despite that judge who didn’t understand what sustainable development as the mission of a company meant, four youngsters decided to found Avanzi, pursuing their pretentious ambition to change the world

2001

Avanzi launched the Italian Sustainable Investment Forum (Forum per la Finanza Sostenibile), a non-profit and multistakeholder organization that promotes the integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria in the policies and processes adopted by investors

2002

Avanzi created its first spin-off: Avanzi SRI Research, a social and environmental rating agency

2006

After the divestment of Avanzi SRI Research, Avanzi started cooperating with Vigeo, European leader in the field of socially responsible investment

2011

It was time for a fresh start. A new name: Avanzi – Sustainability in Action. A brand new coworking space in via Ampère in Milan. A renewed identity, but the same old mission

2012

Avanzi – Sustainability in Action and Make a Change founded Make a Cube³, the first incubator in Italy focused on supporting and accelerating new ventures with high environmental, cultural and social value

2013

Avanzi coworking space is enlarged to host Upcycle Milano Bike Café, an in house bike café & bistrot devoted to sustainable mobility and cyclability

2014

Avanzi launched ènostra, a cooperative committed to support the development of community initiatives for energy production and consumption, engaging citizens as responsible and active consumers

2015

Avanzi, Make a Cube³, Esterni, H+ and Arci participated to the foundation of OXA, the social entreprise that manages the former Ansaldo Milano, now BASE Milano