Approximately 6.000 firms located in the Provinces of Milan, Lodi and Monza and Brianza are associated to Assolombarda, which is the largest territorial association of the entire entrepreneurial system in the country. Assolombarda is part of Confindustria (Italian Entrepreneurial Association). The associated firms employ more than 330.000 workers locally and several hundred-thousands in the whole country.
The mission of the Association is to protect and represent the enterprises' interests in dealing with the political world, with social and political organizations and with local authorities as well as with trade unions. Assolombarda also provides its associated firms with a great variety of services. Furthermore, assistance, advice and practical handbooks are supplied on several management and strategy aspects. Firms of all dimensions and belonging to all industrial sectors, producing services, goods or both are eligible to become members of Assolombarda. The structure of the associated firms is quite diversified: over 30% belong to the electro-mechanics industry, over 30% to the industrial, innovative and tourist tertiary sectors, over 10% to the chemical sector. Also the transport industry, the business communication services and the fashion industry play a key role within the Association. The goals of Assolombarda As Assolombarda is an entrepreneurial Association, its principal focus is encouraging the development of the local industry by promoting solidarity and cooperation among its member firms and by fostering and protecting their interests when they have to face problems related to industrial, social, economic or cultural matters. Accordingly, the Association: • Represents its members’ common interests. • Permits the comparison between different entrepreneurial realities. • Supports management of main business functions.