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Global policy for communities and the development of knowledge

During 2020, IMA companies supported numerous social, cultural, education and sports activities, making grants and donations for a total of 2,627,330 euros (+27.5% on 2019). This amount includes the resources allocated to social responsibility projects, expenses incurred for the benefit of employees (such as for sports groups or other corporate initiatives), and fees paid by IMA to join representative or industry associations.


The impact of the COVID-19 virus is global and its effects are being felt at many levels: economic, social, historical, institutional and scientific. All of the decisions taken by the Chairmanship of IMA during 2020 as regards support for the local community had to do with this global health emergency. The focus was on people’s health, particularly the fight against contagion, the care of patients and research to defeat the virus.

The projects supported by IMA and the areas of intervention concerned, as a priority, the issues related to people’s health by supporting the Bologna University Hospital (Policlinico Sant’Orsola) for treatment and research, and by funding two PhD scholarships at the University of Bologna.

Covid-Hospital – Bologna University Hospital (Policlinico Sant’Orsola)

Faced with the emergency caused by the pandemic, the Policlinico Sant’Orsola activated a Covid-Hospital to assist patients suffering from COVID-19.
IMA’s contribution helps the Polyclinic to purchase health equipment and other material necessary to improve the assistance given to patients affected by COVID-19 and to offer them the most appropriate reception and care.

Study of the human microbiota – IRCCS Policlinico di Sant’Orsola, Bologna

IMA supports the research carried out at IRCCS (Scientific Research and Care Institute) Policlinico di Sant’Orsola. In particular, IMA is continuing its support for research in the field of microbiota knowledge and the therapeutic applications that derive from it, including transplants of intestinal microbiota to bring scientific and welfare benefits to scientific knowledge and patient care.

Scholarships for Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna (academic year 2020/21)

In the context of the three-year PhD course in Health Sciences and Technologies at the University of Bologna, IMA finances a scholarship for the PhD in Research in “Health Technology”.
The scholarship is dedicated to carrying out and developing research activities in the disciplinary sectors for which the PhD course is established, with particular reference to the study of the “Multipurpose facial mask for control of Covid Diffusion MASC2D (MASQUERADE Project)”. IMA also finances a scholarship for the three-year PhD course in Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering at the University of Bologna.
The scholarship is dedicated to carrying out research in the field of “Determination of microplastics in food matrices, also in relation to the influence of the packaging process”.

MA helps to protect the well-being of the community in which it operates, with the aim of generating a positive impact and creating shared economic and social value. It promotes and supports projects and programmes with social, educational and cultural purposes, in the technical and other fields, in Italy and all over the world.

Once again, IMA decided to celebrate Christmas by offering its support to people in need. IMA’s Italian companies offered their support to Antoniano Onlus, for its projects of social integration and autonomy for families that have slid below the poverty line, and to Médecins Sans Frontières.

Together to help families in need

For the fourth year running, at Christmas time, IMA wants to support the Families Project run by Antoniano to welcome and support families in difficulty through a process of social protection, integration and autonomy. The project was revised during the Covid-19 emergency, adapting to the needs of families hit by the health and social crisis, increasing the number of families taken care of and by adapting the services to the rules of infection containment: cooked meals were replaced by food baskets and shopping vouchers, as well as listening to people and providing aid to families through the Family Fund.
Over the various years that IMA has supported this project, we have contributed to the listening, the aid and the housing for 80 families in difficulty, a contribution that proved particularly useful during the health and social emergency of 2020.

Maternity Ward, Bangui Hospital, Central African Republic

IMA is supporting MSF for the Maternity Ward at Castor Hospital in Bangui, Central African Republic: a project born many years ago in the wake of the violence that broke out in the country, but today more essential than ever to give a future to mothers and children. The country’s infant mortality rate still remains, year after year, one of the highest in the world and with the new Covid-19 emergency the health system has been put under severe strain.
Bangui is considered the city most at risk in that country due to the number of cases and the density of its population. When the pandemic broke out, a COVID-19 treatment centre was quickly set up with a capacity of 40 beds and an international MSF task force today supports the local healthcare authorities with IPC (Infection Prevention Control) training and health promotion activities).
The goal is to continue providing free essential care to the population, while complying with all the new safety measures.