Born in Milan in 1951, Marco Roveda describes himself as an entrepreneur, philosopher, and visionary. In 1978, he embraced biodynamic agriculture, and in 1981 established the Scaldasole farm as the first organic food company in Italy. Inspired by this, more than 60,000 companies followed suit and transformed the organic production market in Italy, making it the top producer of organic goods in Europe. In 2000, Marco founded LifeGate, which became a meeting point for people and companies to Focus their ethical and sustainability principles.
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- LifeGate Group
- For-profit Social Enterprise
- Sustainable Development; Climate Change; Electricity
- Areas of Impact
- Europe, Italy
LifeGate aims to contribute to a new way of doing business that places the environment at the centre, based on the three interrelated concepts of people, planet and profits. LifeGate operates a number of activities that seek to change people’s mind-sets and society as a whole.
Zero Impact is a project to reduce carbon emissions and offset them by creating and protecting forests. To date, the project has involved over 700 companies and resulted in the creation of 28 million square metres of new forests. Other activities include LifeGate Energy, the first Italian distributor of 100% clean energy to businesses and the public. LifeGate Portal – a website composed of more than 15,000 articles on health, the environment, organic food, fair trade, psychology and other topics – promotes social and environmental awareness and receives 650,000 visitors each month. LifeGate Radio – with more than 400,000 listeners per week – offers high-quality music complemented by ethical messages and advice.
As part of LifeGate Planet, which has major NGO representatives on its board, Marco Roveda wrote a free e-book translated into five languages. It includes input from Ervin Laszlo, world leaders and Nobel Prize winners, including Mikhail Gorbachev, Wangari Maathai, Adolfo Perez Esquivel, Shirin Ebadi, Deepak Chopra, Fritjof Capra, Lester Brown and Vandana Shiva.