San Patrignano is a home, a big family that since 40 years offers help to young people with drug addiction problems. It was founded by Vincenzo Muccioli in 1978 and since then has welcomed more than 26,000 people, providing them with a home, health care, legal assistance and the opportunity to study and learn a trade, giving them a chance to change their lives and return back to society as contributing members of it. All of that for free, without any costs for the State or for the families. Of the funds necessary to manage San Patrignano, half comes from the profits earned through San Patrignano goods and services. The rest comes from private donors or companies that believe in the social value of the center. In San Patrignano there are currently 1,300 people. It is a model of social enterprise, achieved by the hard work and the will of thousands of youths that have found here dignity and self-esteem. San Patrignano offers everybody the opportunity to choose among different training experiences the one that best suits their attitudes. The recovery model follows an educational pathway, based on the recognition of universal values. In the mission of San Patrignano next to recovery and training activities there is a strong commitment in drug use prevention, a program renewed annually that reaches out over 50 thousand students all over Italy through visits, meeting, theater shows. In 1997 the United Nations recognized San Patrignano as an NGO with Special Consultative Status on Drugs with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
Confindustria is the main association representing manufacturing and service companies in Italy, with a voluntary membership of more than 150,000 companies of all sizes, employing a total of 5,440,125 people. The association’s activities are aimed at guaranteeing the central importance of companies, the driver’s of Italy’s economic, social and civil development. By representing companies and their values at institutions of all levels, Confindustria contributes to social well-being and progress, and from this standpoint guarantees increasingly diversified, efficient and modern services. Confindustria’s added value stems from its network: a headquarters in Rome, 221 local and trade associations and since 1958 a delegation in Brussels, which has seen its strategic importance grow over the years and is now a benchmark for the entire Italian economic system at the European Union.