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Invitalia and Sanofi have invested 28 million euros to boost production after the earthquake.

Sanofi: when business goes hand in hand with solidarity

It was on 6 April 2009 when the entire province of L’Aquila awoke under the rubble of the earthquake that had hard hit the Abruzzo capital and its surrounding area.

From the first hours, the Sanofi pharmaceutical site, in the town of Scoppito, was a point of reference for many families and people left without a roof to sleep under. The industrial site, present in the area since 1972, was immediately set up with a “tent camp”, offering medical, economic, legal and psychological support to those who needed it.

Moreover, in the following days, Sanofi decided to build a village of around 90 wooden houses a few miles from the site. This was a strong sign to the locals who, in less than a month, returned to the company to resume work with new enthusiasm.

The site in Scoppito therefore resumed business within 20 days of the earthquake, producing around 5 billion tablets solid a year and exporting to 90 markets. But above all, this was clearly seen as positive example of “Corporate Social Responsibility”.

In 2014, Invitalia and Sanofi signed a development contract investing around 28 million euro to expand the site in Scoppito, introduce new production lines for soft capsules – which were previously made in foreign plants – and build an entire facility for chewable tablets of a popular antacid (who hasn’t heard of Maalox?).

Invitalia believed in boosting the competitiveness of the Sanofi industrial site and funded the project with 4.3 million euro; it also aimed to maintain the employment levels of the site in Scoppito, which currently employs around 300 people.

The investments should be completed by mid-2016. Meanwhile, director Annaletizia Baccante is continuing to engage with town councils and local institutions and support the workforce and citizens, in the belief that an industrial group can achieve high production levels, while upholding a deep concern for the needs of the local population.