Decades of experience gained on the field in many developing Countries, particularly Ethiopia, have allowed Salini Impregilo to consolidate a business model that places the sustainability of development at the centre of the company strategy.
Long before the Sustainable Development Goals were approved by the United Nations in 2015, notably including the ninth objective of creating resilient, sustainable infrastructure, Salini Impregilo had already been considering sustainable development its true company “core business” for quite some time, in full awareness of the fact that the infrastructure, especially in developing Countries, constitutes a fundamental driver for improving the quality of life of entire communities.
Since the very first works were completed, the Group has accompanied its industrial activity with support for the development of the local communities. This growth strategy, which goes hand-in-hand with the Country's social, cultural and economic evolution, has followed various guidelines. On one hand these promote the direct and indirect contribution made by the sites opened by Salini Impregilo in the Country to its employment rate, GDP, tax revenue and distributed incomes, and on the other hand they aim to promote all the initiatives deployed with the objective of improving the quality of life of the local people.
In line with this last guideline, between 2005 and 2015, Salini Impregilo completed over 120 initiatives, investing a total of 9.2 million euro in the social, educational, healthcare, cultural and sporting fields.
The Group also and above all enforces its commitment to helping to free the Ethiopian people from poverty by creating opportunities for employment and personal growth for thousands of people. Indeed, Salini Impregilo has always implemented a strategy geared towards using local production factors as much as possible – workforce and supplies – for its business.
Between 2010 and 2015, on average, Salini Impregilo employed more than 11,000 people per year in its sites including both those directly employed by the company and subcontractors, with peaks of 15,000 people, 97% of whom were directly employed by the local communities. If we add to these the employment figures of the linked industries, it is clear the size of the contribution made by Salini Impregilo to the Ethiopian economy takes on very important proportions. Indeed, in 2015 alone, the Group engaged over 165,000 people throughout its value chain, equal to 0.4% of the total workers employed in the entire Country. The distributed incomes amount to approximately 200 million euro, equal to no less than 1.5% of the Country's income from work.
In 2015, the value of the contracts assigned to the local companies by the Group, in the Gibe III and GERD sites, reached 251 million euro, 53% of the total expenditure for the supplies.
In general, in 2015, the contribution made by Salini Impregilo to the Ethiopian economy accounted for 1.3% of the GDP, for 1.5% of the tax revenue and for 1.5% of the revenue of families1.
1 Values taken from a study performed by the Company with the methodological contribution of KPMG Italia.