Charity activities and sponsorships
In 2020, the collaboration continued between the Piaggio Group and (RED) - an association founded in 2006 by Bono and Bobby Shriver - which, thanks to the help of partners and supporters, has allocated more than USD 650 million to the fight against AIDS and Covid-19. (RED) aid to the Global Fund has impacted more than 180 million lives through prevention, treatment, counselling, HIV testing and support services.
In addition to the Vespa 946 (RED), the partnership was expanded thanks to the new Vespa Primavera (RED), which has been marketed all over the world (EMEA, USA, Canada, Africa, Middle East, Africa, Latin America, Vietnam, Indonesia, Japan, China) since September 2020.
In America and Canada Vespa (RED) products were the protagonists of the charity marathon Shopathon held in the second half of November in which (RED) branded products were sold by Amazon. The sale of these products directly contributes to supporting the Global Fund.
Piaggio Fast Forward, a robotics company of the Piaggio Group, also entered into a partnership with RED by presenting the (gita)RED, the robot that follows and carries objects. Its versatile use helps fight pandemics by supporting healthcare workers and providing life-saving services to the world's most vulnerable communities. The (gita)RED limited edition went on sale exclusively during the sixth annual (RED) Shopathon and for each (gita)RED sold, $50 was donated to the Global Fund.
The collaboration with (RED) also continued during the last round of the Moto GP world championship, held in Portimao (Portugal) on 22 November, which saw the riders and the whole Aprilia Racing team become promoters to raise awareness among the large audience of MotoGP enthusiasts towards issues such as AIDS and the very current issue of fighting the spread of Covid-19.
Interest in research and progress in the health sector led the Piaggio Group to donating €250,000 to the IEO CCM Foundation (European Institute of Oncology) and €100,000 to the Mantova Hospital (to help deal with the emergency due to the Covid-19 pandemic).
Two Wi-Bikes were also donated to the Mantova Oncological Institute, a Wi-Bike to Dynamo Camp through a lottery organised by Integer and an Electric Vespa in support of the San Patrignano Community through an auction organised by Charity Stars.
The Group took part in some events of great cultural importance such as the Mantova Literature Festival, which was held in September.
Lastly, for some years now, for the end of the year holidays, together with the entire Immsi Group, Piaggio Group has been fostering educational and rehabilitative activities for disabled children affected by brain damage by making a donation to the “Casa del Sole Onlus” association, in the name of all the employees of the Immsi and Piaggio groups. This year the Piaggio Group contributed €20,000. In forty years of activities, the non-profit making organisation Casa del Sole Onlus has assisted over five thousand children affected by brain damage and been a valuable source of help for their families.
The Indian and Vietnamese subsidiaries have also always been active in social work, supporting and promoting charitable initiatives.