Employees donate hours of work which the company transforms into a double donation to the IRCCS Policlinico Foundation “San Matteo” in Pavia and the National Institute of Infectious Diseases “Lazzaro Spallanzani” in Rome. CARIPLO Foundation in turn doubles the allocation to San Matteo.
Milan, April 14, 2020 – During this period of great tension and concern for the health of all citizens, also TAS Group is driving a charity initiative in favor of the fight against COVID-19.
The company has chosen to contribute to research into the new coronavirus, donating to two centers of excellence that are conducting some of the most advanced studies in Italy: the IRCCS Policlinico San Matteo Foundation in Pavia and the Lazzaro Spallanzani National Institute for Infectious Diseases in Rome. TAS Group employees involved in the initiative have chosen to either donate hours of their gross salary or an amount of leave to the cause.
To encourage donations, the company has committed itself to doubling the amount raised, and has also involved the Cariplo Foundation in the initiative, who committed to doubling the donation for the San Matteo institute. The funds raised will go towards the purchase of scientific equipment (sequencers, freezers, thermal cyclers, processors and screens) necessary for a specific COVID-19 research project carried out by the Infectious Diseases Unit of the Pavia hospital, which has since the beginning engaged daily in the treatment of hundreds of infected people.
A further contribution was sent to the Spallanzani Institute in Rome to finance a similar initiative.
“We believe that in this time of global difficulty, which endangers the health of people as well as the economy, it is fair that all those who have the possibility, as individuals but above all as businesses, give their contribution for the resolution of the crisis. Among all the initiatives worthy of help, we have chosen to support the one that we feel is closest to our corporate spirit, that is, the search for solutions that allow us to face and manage critical situations that are changing rapidly. It’s what we do every day for payment systems, today we want to do it for a bigger cause,” declares Valentino Bravi, CEO of TAS Group. “We proposed the initiative to our employees and it was immediately warmly welcomed with a large take up. This makes us feel even more united as a group and part of the common effort to get out of this crisis as soon as possible.”