Solidarietà e Servizi is a social cooperative founded in 1979 to take care of a broad range of the needs of disabled people. In 1995, a type B cooperative was born within this organization to integrate disabled persons into the labour market through personalised professional placement.
The first encounter between Vito Rimoldi and Solidarietà e Servizi took place in 2004.
At this time, Claudio Rimoldi was analysing how to improve production efficiency in the manufacture of gaskets which constituted a large portion of the company’s turnover and was continuing to grow potentially requiring a huge outlay of resources.
In response to this challenge, Mr. Rimoldi decided to adopt a strategy based on making investments to improve product quality without hiring more workers, a step that might cause problems should there be a drop in production.
The development and efficiency of process engineering, needed organisational improvements, and improvements in production planning and logistics resulted in an optimization of the entire production system, which allowed the company to avoid hiring more workers by entrusting a portion of the manufacturing process to a subcontractor such as Solidarietà e Servizi.
Solidarietà e Servizi is engaged in various activities aimed at integrating disadvantaged persons into the labour market, in particular through activities related to the production of goods and services.
For many disabled or frail people, having a real job means having a place to grow, fulfill oneself, gain economic autonomy, and realise their life plan.
At the foundation of the collaboration between Solidarietà e Servizi and Vito Rimoldi is the sharing of a fundamental principle: work is an important part of the full realisation of every man. It is not only a means of satisfying material needs, but also represents a person finding his or her place and purpose in the world.
Both organisations assist individuals in fulfilling the same need: achieving the “dignity in work” needed by all persons.