Launched last March in all Pirelli premises throughout the world, the initiative raised employees’voluntary contributions between March and April and an amount equal to the double of the raised funds added by the company.
Among the initiatives promoted by Global Compact, the world forum of the United Nations to which businesses and organisations throughout the planet belong to contribute to the construction of a ‘more inclusive and sustainable global economy’, Pirelli has chosen to finance a project of the UNHCR (United Nations High Commission for Refugees), which has been on the island of Haiti since the week following the earthquake of 12 January.
So Pirelli will sustain the reconstruction of three schools – two in the city of Belladère (Ecole Atenoir Furmin and Ecole Congreganiste Marie Jeanne, filles de Marie and one in Anse-à-Pitre (Anse-à-Pitre Liceum), making available new classrooms, toilet facilities and all the scholastic materials necessary to ensure the 4,000 children will be able to study in a safe and comfortable environment.
Exclusively financed by Pirelli and its employees, the project is already under way. Reconstruction work has begun at the three schools and is being constantly monitored by the UNHCR; it will be completed by 31 December 2010.
In the coming months, updates on the progress of the work will be circulated to all Pirelli employees via the Intranet, the company press, notice boards and the Sustainability Channel on the web.