From Realtà Industriale # 7 – MONDO IMPRESA

I.CO.P. S.p.A. has obtained the place of honor in the first call of the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation for the interventions of profit organizations in the non-profit sector. This is a co-financed project in South Sudan with a total cost of 400thousand euros. I.CO.P. will intervene with over 250thousand euros and the remaining part will be financed by Aics.

“The special commission appointed for the evaluation of the proposals – Piero Petrucco, vice president and managing director of the company of Basiliano, explains – has awarded only seven projects throughout Italy for the section ‘mature ideas’, attributing to the initiative presented by the title “Social Business for South Sudan: Support for entrepreneurship in South Sudan, from humanitarian emergency to human and social development” the second absolute score (almost 97 points out of 100) “.

I.CO.P. – having conformed over the years to international standards on human rights, social responsibility and environmental protection (it has recently joined also the United Nations Global Compact) – has therefore been able to propose itself among the subjects that have a profit, but that promote cooperation actions to support the poorest countries of our planet, claiming its more than ten years experience in South Sudan.

“We arrived in South Sudan in 2006 – Petrucco says – to build a bridge in collaboration with the Italian Civil Protection. Subsequently we rooted our presence in the country by creating in Italy a non-profit organization, the Sudin Onlus Association in order to organize, design, finance, build and support a professional primary school in Yrol, which has become a reference center for the vast local community. Always in South Sudan we have also opened a branch with which we have created a neonatology department with three operating rooms for the Rumbek State Hospital – UNOPS, school facilities for the project “Back to Learning in South Sudan” – UNICEF, small works for local communities and we have drilled about 50 wells for water, essential works for the area “.

“All the profits of the activities carried out by our subsidiary in South Sudan are intended to support the activities of the vocational school and the activities of the micro-enterprise that in this context we are trying to activate. It is the model that has already been awarded by the Sodalitas Social Award 2017. Participating in this call for proposals – the vice president of I.CO.P. concludes – has therefore been a way to continue our commitment and role among companies that intend to strongly promote a sustainable global economy, respectful of human and labor rights, environmental protection and the fight against corruption”.