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Astir consorzio di cooperative sociali (Italy)

Adress: via Nazario Sauro 11, Prato, Italy

Tel: +3905744471200, Website:

Legal representative: Loretta Giuntoli (0574/4471200,  

Contact person: Francesca  Bracali (0574/4471220,

ASTIR is a consortium of social cooperatives. Since 1994, it works as second level organization to promote the creation of social business and the development of a network-model of organization through the realization of projects that support the growth of the local community. Currently, 22 cooperatives are partners of the consortium: 13 cooperatives work in health and social services and 9 promote the work placement and integration of disadvantaged workers. The consortium and its associated cooperatives are all non-profit organizations.

Its network-model of organization combines the advantages of small realities (widespread presence on the territory and the possibility to offer personalized answers to specific needs) with the ones of big organizations (scale economies, centralized management of general functions).

Main aims:

Staff - The Consortium is structured as below:

Partner's meeting, in which all the 22 cooperatives are represented and have right to vote; Board of Directors, with executive power. Within the Board of Directors the President is elected. Staff of executives for areas of action, headed by the executive director. The main areas are: Financial and Administrative Area; Competitive Tenders and Legal Area; Health and Socio-Educational Services Area; Work Placement and Integration Area. The working group is composed by 35 people, both employees and expert consultants. The Consortium and its affiliated cooperatives count about 800 workers approximately, 75% of which are women. Human resource management is one of the central aspects of the Consortium, mainly composed by young and highly qualified people, characterized by flexibility in training and professional updating.

Territories of Action:

Astir services are diffused in almost all the areas of Tuscany and in Puglia Region.

Quality System:

The services offered by Astir has ISO 9001:2008 certification and quality control is managed by the indipendent body, TUV. The norm is applied in the following areas: